Valentino Rossi swaps his Yamaha for an Audi R8 LMS GT3

MotoGP champion to campaign full GT World Challenge season

There’s a brand-new Physician in endurance-racing town, his name being Valentino Rossi. The 49-year-old Italian bike racer won two Globe Championships in 125- and also 250-cc prior to ringing up 7 top-class World Champions in 500-cc and also four-stroke MotoGP over a 26-year expert job. Retiring from the saddle at the end of the 2021 season did not suggest relinquishing auto racing, though. The man nicknamed The Doctor introduced he’ll be campaigning a complete season of GT Globe Challenge Europe with Belgium’s W Competing Team (WRT). His tool will certainly come with 2 added wheels as well as be just one of the most effective in the field, equally as his Yamaha M1 as soon as was– the Audi R8 LMS GT3. WRT won the GT Globe Obstacle, previously known as the Blancpain GT Collection, four times in the past eight years. Rossi will be just one of 2 drivers trying to take the win proportion to 5 times in nine. WRT hasn’t introduced who will companion the man from Urbino yet.

Rossi wrote in a blog post on social media sites, “I am delighted to sign up with Group WRT for a full Fanatec GT World Difficulty Europe powered by AWS programme. Everyone knows that I have always been a fantastic car racing fan which I have always been interested in racing on four wheels as soon as my MotoGP profession would concern an end. Currently I am entirely available to dedicate myself to a car racing program at a high degree and with the best specialist method. Team WRT is the ideal fit I was searching for and I am anxious to begin this brand-new adventure in the Fanatec GT Globe Obstacle Europe powered by AWS with them.”

He’s been more than a mere follower of auto racing. To name a few ventures, he tested Ferrari’s 2006 Formula 1 automobile that year for three days in Spain, do with a best time a half-second behind Michael Schumacher’s best time. Also in 2006, he completed 11th out of 39 entrances in the Rally New Zealand. In 2008, he obtained another Ferrari test. In 2012, he drove a Ferrari at 2 rounds of the Blancpain Stamina Collection, then examined Kyle Busch’s NASCAR gear at Charlotte Electric motor Speedway the list below year. More spins in single-seaters and hardtops complied with. His newest and also realest test began with a couple of days of development work last December in the Audi he’ll pilot this year.

The 2022 GT Globe Difficulty season starts with screening on March 8 at Circuit Paul Ricard in France. The first of the ten-race season, 5 sprints and 5 endurance events including the 24 hr of Spa, takes place in Rossi’s home nation, at Imola on April 1. That’s when we’ll see what the Vale Yellow # 46 can do on the side of a V10 instead of the YZR-M1’s one-liter four-cylinder.