Red Bull's stratosphere jump hero Felix Baumgartner will compete in this year's Nurburgring 24 hour race at the wheel of an Audi R8 Ultra.

Baumgartner, famous for jumping from the edge of space into a 39-kilometre free fall, breaking the sound barrier in the process, will take part in the event as a guest driver.

The Austrian made an appearance in the popular VW Scirocco R-Cup at last season's DTM finale.

Baumgartner will partner the illustrious endurance duo of five-time Le Mans winner Frank Biela and three-time Le Mans winner Marco Werner in the gruelling German event on June 21/22.

The 44-year old will also compete in VLN endurance championship as part of his Nurburgring preparation.

"This task is totally exciting and I'm looking forward to driving races in an Audi," says Baumgartner. "

"During initial tests in the road-going Audi R8 I got to know the N?rburgring, and in the Audi R8 LMS ultra I've clocked a few kilometers on various tracks as well.

"I regard this task as one of the major projects in my life. The environment is perfect, the atmosphere is fantastic, and I feel really well taken care of by the Audi race experience.

"But it's also clear that I'm basically starting from scratch because this sport is new for me."


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