Ickx to make DTM debut with Audi

Vanina Ickx, sportscar driver and daughter of former Ferrari driver Jacky Ickx, will race in the DTM this season with a team set up by Midland F1 boss Colin Kolles

Ickx to make DTM debut with Audi

Kolles has acquired two 2004-spec Audi A4 DTM cars and will enter them as a customer team in the series.

Audi delayed their commitment to the series late last year after they were concerned that they would have to field too many cars due to the pull-out of Opel from the sport. However, Kolles's new team goes some way to increase the car count from the manufacturer.

The 30 years old Belgian will be the first female to race in the category since 1996, when Ellen Lohr drove for Mercedes. Lohr famously won a round at Hockenheim in 1992.

Ickx could be joined by British racer Susie Stoddart, who it tipped to drive for Mercedes.

Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich said: "We are convinced that Vanina Ickx possesses all the skills to be just as successful."

Ickx's racing career began in 1996 and she has competed in several sportscar series, including FIA GT and Le Mans Series. She has also raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

"I'm absolutely delighted about the prospect of starting for Audi in the DTM," said Ickx. "Alongside Formula One, DTM is the most popular international racing series - and without doubt the hardest. I know that things won't be easy for me in DTM."

Former motorbike racer Max Biaggi, who had a Formula One test with Midland last month, has been linked with the second seat alongside Ickx.

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