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Valentino Rossi swaps his Yamaha for an Audi R8 LMS GT3

There is a new Medical professional in stamina-racing town, his identify staying Valentino Rossi. The 49-year-previous Italian motorbike racer won two Entire world Championships in a hundred twenty five- and 250-cc in advance of ringing up seven best-course Entire world Championships in 500-cc and 4-stroke MotoGP around a 26-year professional occupation. Retiring from the saddle at the close of the 2021 time did not necessarily mean retiring from racing, even though. The guy nicknamed The Medical professional announced he’ll be campaigning a complete time of GT Entire world Problem Europe with Belgium’s W Racing Group (WRT). His weapon will appear with two additional wheels and be one particular of the greatest in the field, just as his Yamaha M1 when was — the Audi R8 LMS GT3. WRT won the GT Entire world Problem, previously known as the Blancpain GT Collection, 4 instances in the past eight many years. Rossi will be one particular of two motorists seeking to take the gain ratio to 5 instances in nine. WRT hasn’t announced who will partner the guy from Urbino still.

Rossi wrote in a put up on social media, “I am delighted to join Group WRT for a complete Fanatec GT Entire world Problem Europe driven by AWS programme. Every person is aware that I have always been a excellent motor vehicle racing enthusiast and that I have always been fascinated in racing on 4 wheels when my MotoGP occupation would appear to an close. Now I am absolutely offered to dedicate myself to a motor vehicle racing programme at a large level and with the suitable professional strategy. Group WRT is the fantastic in shape I was seeking for and I am nervous to start off this new adventure in the Fanatec GT Entire world Problem Europe driven by AWS with them.”

He’s been extra than a mere enthusiast of car racing. Among the other forays, he analyzed Ferrari’s 2006 Components one motor vehicle that year for 3 days in Spain, finishing with a greatest time a half-2nd powering Michael Schumacher’s greatest time. Also in 2006, he concluded 11th out of 39 entries in the Rally New Zealand. In 2008, he received another Ferrari test. In 2012, he drove a Ferrari at two rounds of the Blancpain Endurance Collection, then analyzed Kyle Busch’s NASCAR rig at Charlotte Motor Speedway the adhering to year. Extra spins in single-seaters and hardtops adopted. His newest and realest test commenced with a couple days of improvement get the job done previous December in the Audi he’ll pilot this year. 

The 2022 GT Entire world Problem time begins with tests on March eight at Circuit Paul Ricard in France. The to start with of the 10-race time, 5 sprints and 5 stamina gatherings like the 24 Hours of Spa, can take spot in Rossi’s home region, at Imola on April one. That’s when we will see what the Vale Yellow #46 can do on the aspect of a V10 in its place of the YZR-M1’s one particular-liter 4-cylinder.