Audi reveals Suzuka 10 Hours driver crews

14 May 2019

Audi has officially confirmed the three driver crews that will tackle round four of this year’s Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli at Suzuka on August 23-25.

Audi Sport previously announced its Asian partner squads Absolute Racing and Team Hitotsuyama plus WRT would all be returning for the 10 Hours after competing there last season, and its three crews also feature a familiar look.

Christopher Haase and Markus Winkelhock return with Absolute Racing after finishing third at the same race last season. They’re joined by Christopher Mies who came home just 0.2s further back in the WRT entry he shared with Dries Vanthoor and Frederic Vervisch.

His slot in the Belgian team’s R8 LMS GT3 has been taken by Kelvin van der Linde who joins Vanthoor and Vervisch.

Hitotsuyama announced its drivers some months ago. Its full-season Super GT duo of Richard Lyons and Ryuichiro Tomita are joined by Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia front-runner Alessio Picariello, just as they were in 2018 when the trio finished eighth overall.

This year’s #IntGTC reaches its halfway point at the Total 24 Hours of Spa on July 25-28 before Suzuka takes centre stage one month later. The revived Kyalami 9 Hour then rounds out the campaign on November 21-23.