The Audi RS 3 LMS gen II is about to enter its second season in the FIA WTCR. The newly designed touring car made its strong debut in this racing series in 2021 with one title and four second-place finishes. Currently, Comtoyou Racing, as a team since the very beginning of the WTCR, is gearing up for its fifth season in the world’s most prestigious and challenging TCR racing series, with Audi Sport customer racing. The season starts on May 7 and 8, 2022 on the street circuit of Pau in France.
“We want to continue the Audi RS 3 LMS’s streak of success in 2022. Three race wins, twelve podiums, four times first on the grid, six fastest laps and the contribution of these successes to the TCR model of the year send a clear message. With Comtoyou Racing as a reliable and competent partner, we are betting on continuity. », said Chris Reinke, head of Audi Sport customer racing. Since the FIA WTCR first took place in 2018, team owner Jean-Michel Baert and team manager François Verbist and the team from Waterloo, south of the Belgian capital Brussels, have now brought the Audi RS 3 LMS to the starting grid in each of the 92 races.
32-year-old French Audi Sport driver Nathanael Berthon, who has done valuable development work for Audi’s new TCR model in addition to his 2021 racing season, brings three years of FIA experience WTCR. For the first time, 22-year-old junior driver Gilles Magnus is part of the Audi Sport driver team. The Belgian won a selection competition for the Belgian automobile club RACB at the brand’s headquarters in Neuburg in 2018. In 2020, he was the winner of the FIA WTCR Rookie Ranking and the best Trophy driver in 2021. Likewise, he was the only privateer to claim an overall victory in a WTCR race the previous year.
Popular with fans and the media, Dutchman Tom Coronel drives an Audi RS 3 LMS for the third consecutive year, with which he also competes in the TCR Europe alongside the FIA WTCR. He won the first trophy for the Audi RS 3 LMS gen II in Spain last year and was second best privateer behind Magnus at the end of the year. This month, Coronel turned 50 and begins its 33rd motorsport season. He forms the Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport driver team with Nathanaël Berthon.
Mehdi Bennani returns to Jean-Michel Baert this year. In 2020, the Moroccan racing driver won the TCR Europe in an Audi with Comtoyou Racing and has already competed in the FIA WTCR in 2018 and 2019. The 38-year-old racing driver brings with him many years of international experience and is registered for Comtoyou Team Audi Sport alongside Gilles Magnus.
The 2022 FIA WTCR season kicks off on 7-8 May 2022 at the equally scenic and challenging Circuit de Pau in the Pyrenean foothills of south-west France. The street circuit steeped in tradition is part of the calendar for the first time. Innovations for the 2022 season in WTCR include a modified points system with new qualifying incentives which are split into three parts to further intensify the competition. Likewise, there are now higher point totals for the first sprint race. In the second sprint, the top ten competitors line up in reverse order of the qualifying result. This guarantees a great variety in the races: last year, no less than twelve different drivers managed to win in 16 races.
FIA WTCR 2022 teams and drivers
Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport
Nathanael Berthon (F)
Tom Coronel (NL)
Comtoyou Team Audi Sport
Mehdi Bennani (MAR)
Gilles Magnus (B)