Reigning DTM champion René Rast has been awarded a wildcard entry for the FIA World Touring Car Cup’s round at the Nürburgring Nordsclheife.

The factory Audi driver will pilot an Audi RS 3 LMS entered by Team WRT, which currently runs the entries of Jean-Karl Vernay and Gordon Shedden under the Team Leopard Lukoil Racing banner.

Rast will race against reigning TCR International Series champion Vernay and FIA WTCC champion Thed Björk, marking a major coup for the WTCR series promoters.

“It’s an honour to confirm René Rast’s participation at WTCR Race of Germany,” said François Ribeiro, head of WTCR promoter Eurosport Events.

Rene Rast

René Rast

“It can only raise the sporting level of what is already a super-highly competitive grid. This will be the first meeting of three touring car giants, a great message for all touring car fans around the world.”

Rast comes with impressive credentials. A three-time Porsche Supercup champion, the 31-year-old is also a two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Spa (2012 and 2014) and the 24 Hours of Nürburgring events. After a handful of DTM outings in 2016, he signed full-time to the series in 2017 and won the Drivers’ Championship title at his first attempt (pictured above).

Rast is a seasoned campaigner at the Nürburgring and like a number of the full-time WTCR drivers in the field he will also contest the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in an Audi R8 LMS.

“Meeting with the world’s best drivers in a touring car now is fantastic,” said Rast. “I’m looking forward to competing against four world champions and many other title winners.”

The Race of Germany, running on the full Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit, takes place from 10-12 of May.

Image via Audi Communications

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