Leading Audi American Le Mans Series ace Marco Werner will stand in for the injured Alex Prémat in the upcoming round of the DTM at Oschersleben on 6 May, making a return to the series he last contested all the way back in 1993.
The 41-year-old German – twice a winner of the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours with the Ingolstadt marque – is competing full-time behind the wheel of the R10 TDI diesel sportscar in the ALMS in 2007. He does have fairly recent DTM experience, however, having regularly piloted the Audi A4 DTM Race Taxi last year and having finished second in the Nürburgring 24 Hours in a DTM car in 2003.
“Obviously I would have much rather got this opportunity to race in the new DTM under completely different circumstances,” he admitted. “I wish Alex a speedy recovery! I'll do my utmost to fly the flag for him as his deputy, and am delighted about the confidence placed in me by Audi.”
Prémat cracked a lumbar vertebra when he was involved in the heavy opening lap smash that also accounted for team-mates Tom Kristensen and Adam Carroll and Mercedes star Susie Stoddart in the season-opener at Hockenheim last weekend. The 25-year-old series debutant was discharged from hospital to return to his family yesterday (Thursday), and will continue his convalescence under the watchful eyes of Professor Gérard Saillant, who has already helped numerous prominent sporting personalities to make a full and speedy recovery.
The Frenchman hopes to return to the cockpit of his A4 as early as the third race of the campaign at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz on 20 May.