Audi have recently launched their new TT Coupe and there’s no better place to cement its reputation as a true sports car than on the racetrack. The Audi Sport TT Cup racing series will start in 2015.
The introductory series will support the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) across six rounds. The TT Cup will replace the Scirocco R-Cup as a grassroots motorsport class in Germany. 24 cars will feature on the grid, 18 of which will be for regular drivers and six for VIP and ‘legend’ drivers. Six cockpits will be reserved for changing guest drivers.
“The Audi TT is an icon and continues to epitomise powerful sportiness and emotional design in what is now its third generation,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, member of Audi’s board of management for technical development. “For me it was clear that a driving machine like the new Audi TT belongs on the race track as well. With the Audi Sport TT Cup we have found an exciting approach. The TT is going to thrill fans and drivers.”
The multi-stage selection process will take place in close cooperation with the Audi Driving Experience programme. Experienced, professional race driver Markus Winkelhock will be on hand to coach the participants of the Audi Sport TT Cup. The former Audi DTM driver and winner of this year’s 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and Spa has already tested the machine.
His impression: “The Audi TT cup is a genuine race car, ideal for rookies, yet challenging to drive. You immediately feel that you’re sitting in an Audi and recognise the close kinship with the brand’s other race cars.” The extremely light body of the third TT generation with its intelligent material mix of steel and aluminum provides an ideal base for a race car, according to Audi.
The winner of the new Audi Sport TT Cup can look forward to receiving support in Audi’s successful GT3 sports car program. A subsequent promotion to the DTM with Audi is another dream this series could help many young race drivers fulfill.
-Ignition Live Reporter