Pretty much a lot of André Lotterer's career can be associated to Audi, as he was part of the already classic lineup with Marcel Fässler and Benoit Treluyer in the LMP1 since the late 2000s until last, when the program was terminated. After half of a year with the Porsche LMP Team, the German is making an one-off return to the Ingolstadt cars to drive for WRT in the upcoming 24 Hours of Spa as a late addition.
The Belgian team is bringing quite a fleet for its home event as six cars will be entered, and Lotterer will be in the No. 5 Audi R8 LMS, reuniting with Marcel Fässler, and completing the lineup is Dries Vanthoor, younger brother of Lotterer's fellow Porsche driver Laurens Vanthoor. Unfortunately the classic combo won't be revived as Treluyer will be in the French speaking lineup of the No. 6 car, with Nathanael Berthon and Stephane Richelmi as his partners.
As revealed in an interview, Lotterer is no stranger to the 24 Hours of Spa and the Audi R8 LMS, with various participations across different lineups, but the newest GT3 from Ingosltadt is something that the German doesn't drive since 2015, and as the week schedule already has a test with the Porsche 919 Hybrid, he will sit in a GT car only this Wednesday (26), meaning practice time will be crucial to get to grips for good pace.
Along with Lotterer coming from Porsche, WRT also called Corvette driver Antonio Garcia, although this is not an uncommon practice for them and from the other side, as Corvette Racing also called Fässler and fellow Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller for the initial rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship in the United States.
Curiously Lotterer will be facing off FIA WEC opponent Kamui Kobayashi at Spa-Francorchamps, as the Toyota works driver will be in the No. 00 GoodSmile Racing Team UKYO Mercedes AMG GT3, to be shared with Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka.