Following completion of its effective factory-supported GT program, Audi stalwarts Mies and Vervisch will sign up with previously-announced quartet Mike Rockenfeller, Harry Tincknell, Joey Hand and Dirk Muller on heaven Oval’s Multimatic-run attack on the IMSA Sportcar Championship’s GTD Pro class.
Enhancing the nine-strong Ford factory lineup, the marque has actually likewise signed DTM race winner Dennis Olsen after the Norwegian’s long spell as a Porsche-contracted chauffeur, together with Britons Ben Barker – currently noted versus Proton’s entry with the Mustang on the planet Endurance Championship – and the Multimatic-contracted Andy Priaulx.
“This is such a crucial and unique year for Mustang– it will commemorate its 60th anniversary and we take Mustang racing worldwide,” stated Mark Rushbrook, Global Director of Ford Performance Motorsports.
“To take an icon like Mustang racing, we require a line-up of the very best and most knowledgeable GT racers, and our 9 sportscar factory chauffeurs represent simply that.”
Mies, a two-time ADAC GT Masters champ who has actually raced Audis because 2009, will connect with IMSA full-timers Rockefeller and Tincknell aboard the # 64 Mustang for the vehicle’s competitors launching at the Daytona 24 Hours in January while his fellow double Nurburgring 24 Hours winner Vervisch partners Muller and Hand in # 65.
Programs for three-time World Touring Car Championship winner Priaulx, who drove together with Tincknell throughout of the Ford GT program in the WEC from 2016 to 2019, Olsen and Barker have yet to be revealed, although Multimatic has actually recommended that Priaulx’s function will be “as an incredibly sub”.
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# 65: Ford Multimatic Motorsports, Ford Mustang GT3, GTD PRO: Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller
In addition to returning to the WEC with the German Proton group, it will be represented in GT World Challenge Europe by the Dinamic team for which Barker contended this year in the Bronze Cup.
The 2020 Dubai 24 Hours winner has actually raced in the WEC because 2016 in the GTE Am class with the GR Porsche team formerly referred to as Gulf Racing, attaining a finest surface of 2nd in Shanghai in 2017.
Olsen, the 2019 Intercontinental GT Challenge champ, will race for a brand name aside from Porsche for the very first time considering that he got out of single-seaters in 2016.