Valentino Rossi’s future revealed: he will race with Audi in the GT World Challenge Europe

The nine-time world champion in motorcycling will participate in the entire 2022 season of the prestigious international series reserved for derivatives of the GT3 class. In Italy it will be in Imola in April and Misano in July. Vale smiles: “Perfect team”

After the tests in Valencia in December 2021, Valentino Rossi has chosen to sign with the Wrt Audi team to compete in the entire 2022 season of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe championship, among the reference series for GT3 class covered-wheel cars. The “Doctor” from Tavullia will be at the start of the season at the wheel of the Audi R8 Lms, competing for the overall title, and participating in both the Endurance Cup and the Sprint Cup.


The nine-time world champion on two wheels for the first time will compete for an entire year in a racing car. Valentino Rossi in 2022 will participate in the 10 races scheduled in the GT World Challenge Europe with the Belgian team Wrt. In Italy, Vale fans will be able to cheer for Audi with the number 46 on the livery on two occasions: in Imola (1-3 April) for the Endurance Cup, and in Misano (1-3 July) during the Sprint Cup. the season will also have as its spearhead the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps scheduled on the weekend of 31 July. “I am happy to join the Wrt team for the entire program of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by Aws, promoted by Sro Motorsports – these are the first words of Valentino Rossi, after the formalization of the engagement arrived on January 13th. 2022 – Everyone knows that I have always been a huge motoring enthusiast and that I have always been attracted to the idea of ​​four-wheel racing once my MotoGP career is over. Now I am completely free and will be able to dedicate myself full time to this program. of high level racing with a professional approach. The Wrt team is perfect for what I was looking for and I can’t wait to start this new adventure “.

The championship

Promoted by Stéphane Ratel’s Sro Motorsports Group, the GT World Challenge Europe series represents the reference point on a continental level for racing reserved for super sports cars, derived from series production, of the GT3 class. The first edition of the championship, in which the manufacturers do not participate in official terms – but private teams – dates back to 2014. Since the first years the same has gained notoriety due to the high number of GT cars registered, and for the coat of arms of the brands. represented: among the most important are Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi, Bmw, Mercedes-Amg, Porsche, McLaren, Aston Martin and other manufacturers. Among the cars currently protagonists of the championship stand out the most recent evolutions of the Ferrari 488, Lamborghini Huracán, Audi R8 Lms which respect the Fia GT3 homologation; The Balance of Performance mechanism is used to balance performance. To compete for the overall victory of the GT World Challenge (10 races, all in Europe), the teams must participate in both the Sprint Cup – short races – and the Endurance Cup endurance races. The 2021 season ended with the overall victory in the ranking team of the Belgian Wrt, the same one chosen by Valentino Rossi for the new sporting “adventure”.

The calendar

Here is the complete calendar with the 10 events of the GT World Challenge Europe:

Test: Paul Ricard (March 7-8)
1 – Imola, Italy (April 1-3)
2 – Brands Hatch, GB (April 30 – May 1)
3 – Magny-Cours, France (May 13-15)
4 – Paul Ricard, France (June 3-5)
5 – Zandvoort, The Netherlands (June 17-19)
Test: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (21-22 June)
6 – Misano, Italy (July 1-3)
7 – Spa Francorchamps (July 28-31)
8 – Hockenheim, Germany (September 2-4)
9 – Valencia, Spain (September 16-18)
10- Barcelona, ​​Spain (September 30-October 2)

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Valentino Rossi’s future revealed: he will race with Audi in the GT World Challenge Europe