Filipe Albuquerque will help fill the void left in Audi's sportscar squad by Allan McNish's decision to retire at the end of the 2013 season.

The Portuguese driver steps across from the marque's DTM roster, opening the way for WSbR racewinner Nico Muller to join the touring car ranks, to race both LMP and GT machinery under the banner of the four rings.

The 28-year old will start his season on 25-26 January at the wheel of a Flying Lizard Motorsport R8 LMS in the Daytona 24 Hours, before switching to the R18 e-tron quattro for the FIA World Endurance Championship rounds at Spa-Francorchamps and Le Mans.

Albuquerque has already successfully tested the LMP1 machine and is looking forward to his new challenge.

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"I can hardly wait," the 2013 Daytona GT class winner admitted, "I'm going to compete at Le Mans in the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro - in other words, in the best car in the biggest race of the world.

Hybrid, quattro, traction control - I'm getting to know many exciting technologies that are new to me. It's good that I'll be able to draw on the know-how of experienced team-mates. That'll accelerate my familiarisation."