Alexandre Prémat has been sacked by Audi and will be replaced by World Touring Car Championship driver Darryl O’Young for the upcoming finale race at the Shanghai street circuit, the DTM team has announced.
The Frenchman – previously a multiple race winner for A1GP Team France – has been with the German marque since 2007, representing the outfit in both DTM and Le Mans Series outings. Prémat won the 2008 LMS title with Mike Rockenfeller.
But it would seem that the relationship between Prémat – who somehow walked away from a massive accident at the last race in Adria – and Audi had broken down beyond repair after he triggered a collision during the Lausitz round that took out his team-mates Timo Scheider and Mattias Ekström.
Audi’s motorsport boss Dr Wolfgang Ullrich has confirmed that the differences of opinion between the two parties has led to the Frenchman’s sacking.
“Opinions on important topics most recently differed too much. We would like to thank him for his work during the past four years and wish him all the best for his future career,” he said in a statement issued by Audi.
Prémat’s best results in four seasons of DTM competition are a pair of third-places.
Hong Kong-based O’Young currently lies second in the Independents’ Trophy category standings of this year’s WTCC championship, having picked up three class wins in the Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet Lacetti. The 30-year-old has previously held links with Audi in his GT racing career.
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