The Audi Sport TT Cup is not only about exciting racing, but also about preparing for the future career. Audi offers the young racing talents professional coaching. Two long-standing professional drivers and 24-hour racing enthusiasts advise and train the participants – Markus Winkelhock and Marco Werner.
“My father, in 1976, made his own first steps in motorsport in a one-make cup, the Volkswagen Scirocco Cup,” says Winkelhock. “He made it all the way into Formula One. I think it’s great that Audi is giving young drivers an opportunity with the Audi Sport TT Cup and I’m delighted to be advising the young talents for a third season in a row.”
Markus Winkelhock drove in Formula 1, is an FIA GT1 World Champion, has established himself for years in the brand’s GT program as an Audi Sport driver and has won both the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps in an Audi R8 LMS. Winkelhock, who comes from a well-known racing family in Baden-Württemberg, was one of the first to drive the 228 kW (310 hp) Audi TT cup. The successful racing driver was also involved in the test program and the fine tuning of the Audi racing car.
In Marco Werner, who has celebrated his greatest achievements in motorsport with Audi, another expert will assist the junior drivers. The Dortmund native has won the Le Mans 24 Hours three times, the Sebring 12 Hours and the American Le Mans Series – each time under the banner of the four rings.
Winkelhock and Werner are equally accessible and respected personalities who show the talents the way. Whether questions about race car tuning or the optimum line, whether explanations about the specifics of each circuit during the compulsory “track walk” or general questions about rules and procedures: the juniors receive competent answers from the two instructors, which they greatly appreciate.