Audi firms up 2019 WTCR line-up

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Audi firms up 2019 WTCR line-up
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Feb 7, 2019, 8:03 AM

Audi has revealed its complete four-driver line-up for the 2019 World Touring Car Cup.

Audi was the best-represented brand on the inaugural WTCR world cup grid last year, with long-standing customer outfit WRT running two RS3 LMSs and Belgian outfit Comtoyou fielding an additional four.

The manufacturer was the first to reaffirm its commitment to WTCR last November, although it had not confirmed any part of its line-up before now.

New rules for 2019 also mean no more than four cars per manufacturer can be entered full-time in the world cup.

Gordon Shedden and Frederic Vervisch were known to have deals in place for the 2019 season and will race for WRT and Comtoyou respectively.

Three-time British Touring Car champion Shedden will again be partnered by Jean-Karl Vernay, who was Audi's lead driver in 2018 and ended up fifth in the points with four wins.

Vervisch, who like Shedden and Vernay will race as an Audi Sport driver once again, will be partnered at Comtoyou by Niels Langeveld, who finished third in TCR Germany last year at the wheel of an Audi.

Explaining the decision to add Langeveld to the brand's line-up, Audi's customer racing head Chris Reinke said: “We’ve decided to include a successful driver from our customer racing programme in the Audi Sport squad.

“Niels Langeveld has performed consistently well in the ADAC TCR Germany over the last two years and he has impressed us.”

2019 WTCR grid so far

Team Car Drivers
BRC Racing Hyundai Gabriele Tarquini
Norbert Michelisz
Augusto Farfus
Nicky Catsburg
Munnich Motorsport Honda Esteban Guerrieri
Nestor Girolami
Sebastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Rob Huff
Johan Kristofersson
Mehdi Bennani
Benjamin Leuchter
WRT Audi

Jean-Karl Vernay

Gordon Shedden

Comtoyou Racing Audi

Frederic Vervisch

Niels Langeveld

Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Kevin Ceccon
Ma Qing Hua
Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Thed Bjork
Yvan Muller
Andy Priaulx
Yann Ehrlacher
TBA Honda Tiago Monteiro
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