Audi Sport has this morning announced that ex-LMP1 driver, Frenchman Loïc Duval will pair up with German Rene Rast to take on the DTM in an Audi RS 5 DTM in 2017. 

Duval raced for Audi in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) from 2012 to 2016 and in 2013 won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the World Championship title in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro. Audi’s final WEC race in Bahrain saw Duval on the top step of the podium as well with the #8 R18 taking a clean-sweep of pole, fastest lap and the overall win.

The 34-year-old Frenchman attended the Young Driver Test at Jerez, Spain, where he sampled the Audi RS 5 DTM for the first time. 

30-year-old René Rast has been active for Audi since the 2011 season, having ranked among the world’s best and most successful GT drivers at the wheel of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car ever since. He has also piloted the Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 car as well as being a regular in the G-Drive LMP2 during the 2016 WEC season. Rast has competed in three DTM races to date, scoring his first points in his second DTM race at Hockenheim in October.

“René has shown that he’s also going to be in contention at the very front in the DTM. And in Loïc, we’ve integrated one of our best drivers from the Le Mans program into our DTM squad.” said Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport.

“I’m convinced that we’re in a top position with our driver lineup for the 2017 season and have six strong characters in our team.”