In two months from now, the Audi Sport TT Cup will be starting its second season at the Hockenheimring. Some of last year’s international talents have again applied for the one-make cup – they are going to meet with promising new entrants.
There is still a lot to be done by the officials before the first race weekend of the Audi one-make cup at the Hockenheimring. The organizational team of quattro GmbH headed by Project Leader Philipp Mondelaers is currently working at full stretch on finalizing the driver lineup. “14 drivers have already been confirmed as permanent entrants,” says Mondelaers. “With the remaining six entries we’re spoiled for choice and are soon going to announce the junior talents that will be completing the field.”
In 2016, five drivers who previously proved their prowess in the Audi Sport TT Cup will be on the grid again. They include the German Dennis Marschall, who finished in third place overall last season, as well as the Finn Joonas Lappalainen. In 2015, 18-year-old Lappalainen was the youngest driver in the Audi Sport TT Cup field and won the two rounds of the season finale at Hockenheim. Nicklas Nielsen is one of the newcomers to the driver squad. The Dane has a track record of numerous successes in national and international kart racing and defeated today’s Formula One driver Max Verstappen on several occasions in his career. Sheldon van der Linde is another rookie. The South African in 2015 won the Volkswagen Polo Cup in his country and would like to follow in the footsteps of his brother Kelvin, who has begun a promising career in Audi’s GT3 racing program.