Pirelli F1 test driver Lucas di Grassi
is to return to competitive action after securing a deal to join Audi for the fifth round of the World Endurance Championship.
Di Grassi will join Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish at the wheel of the #2 Audi R18 Ultra for the race, which will take place at Interlagos in his native Brazil in September.
The former Virgin Racing driver will become the first Brazilian to compete as part of Audi's sportscar programme in the one-off deal and he said he was pleased to have the opportunity to take part in the race.
"The WEC race is a nice opportunity to attract attention at home together with Audi,” he said. "Endurance racing is a fascinating discipline of motorsport which I've only experienced in tests so far. That's why I'm particularly excited about my debut in the WEC for Audi alongside two big names like Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen.”
Di Grassi earned the chance to take part in the race on the back of a successful test at the Lausitzring earlier this month, with Audi motorsport boss Wolfgang Ullrich hopeful he would make an impression in the race.
"He left a good impression then, which motivated us to sign him,” he said. "We're delighted to be able to provide the audience here, the media, our importer Audi Brazil and of course the FIA
World Endurance Championship with a special link to this location.
"We're giving Lucas di Grassi
a chance to compete at home as an ambassador for endurance racing and to fight for overall victory in the Audi R18.”