Former Formula One racer Christijan Albers is to get the chance to try out the Audi R10 TDi after being called into the team for the final round of the American Le Mans Series at Laguna Seca.
The Dutchman, now racing in the DTM for Audi customer team Futurecom TME, will line up alongside Emanuele Pirro in the #1 Audi Sport North American entered car, while the sister machine will be in the hands of regular pairing Lucas Luhr and Marco Werner.
"After having raced an Audi in the 2008 DTM up till now, I'm delighted to have been given this chance by Audi," Albers said. "I consider it a special treat to be able to compete in an Audi R10 TDI at Laguna Seca. Together with Emanuele Pirro I hope to be able to achieve the targets Audi sets us at the season finale in America.
“My career in motorsport spans 16 years but this race still represents something completely new: I've never competed in a sportscar race and have never raced at Laguna Seca. I'm happy to learn and really looking forward to the race."
Albers follows in the footsteps of another driver well known for his exploits in the DTM, Marcel Fassler, in taking up the chance to drive the R10 and Audi motorsport chief Wolfgang Ullrich said it was part of a bigger plan for the future.
"We are faced with the task of rejuvenating our sportscar driving squad for the future," he said. "Christijan has impressed us in the DTM and certainly has the potential to be successful in sportscars. He gets his first opportunity for this purpose at Laguna Seca."