The new Audi Sport TT Cup offers young race drivers the opportunity to enter motorsport. In Markus Winkelhock, they have a popular and experienced professional racer assisting them as coach.
“My father, in 1976, made his own first steps in motorsport in a one-make cup, the Volkswagen Scirocco Cup,” relates the Swabian. “He made it all the way into Formula One. I think it’s great that Audi is giving juniors an opportunity with the Audi Sport TT Cup and look forward to providing the young race drivers with help and advice.”
Markus Winkelhock was in Formula One, competed for Audi in the DTM and is currently successfully involved in the GT program of the brand with the four rings. In the Audi R8 LMS ultra, he won the two 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and at Spa-Francorchamps last season.
As coach in the Audi Sport TT Cup the 34-year-old will pass on his experience from 17 years in racing to the youngsters and prepare them for the first race. Winkelhock was one of the first to have the opportunity of driving the 228 kW (310 hp) Audi TT cup. He is involved in fine-tuning the new Audi race sports car as well.
The Swabian, who in Formula One was clocked on track as the leader for some kilometers in the 2007 European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, was one of the few to immediately manage winning a race in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup as a guest driver. “Obviously, I’d love to be on the grid of the Audi Sport TT Cup myself in one of the races,” he says. “The Audi TT cup is a fantastic car and great fun. But this can’t really be combined with my role as coach.”