Josh Caygill has confirmed that he will be racing in the Blancpain Endurance Cup in 2017 after signing with Belgian Audi Club Team WRT to drive their Audi R8 LMS.
Caygill has been competing in the Audi Sport TT Cup over the last two seasons which has seen him grow in to a frontrunner.
The 27-year-old had his first taste of the new car at Monza last Friday (10 March), which was his first time out in a GT3 car, before heading to Paul Ricard HTTT in France for this week’s official two-day test.
“This deal with Belgian Audi Club Team WRT is an absolute dream come true”, said an ecstatic Caygill, “The whole team is absolutely fantastic, I couldn’t ask for a better bunch of lads to work with. I knew before how good the team’s reputation was, obviously, but when you see it with your own eyes it’s amazing. The team is incredible and the preparation is so good.
“My first run in the car last Friday at Monza went well, I got adjusted to the car as well as possible and matched Jonno [Venter] and was only about 0.5 seconds off Niki [Mayr-Melnhof]. At Ricard I was around 0.8 seconds off Jonno but matched Niki so I’m really made up with that, especially with such limited time in the car – I’d never driven a GT3 car before Friday.”
He added: “The Audi is an amazing car, it feels so comfortable to drive and I was really happy with my data traces when matched against some of the top guys. It’s a great car, the biggest thing is to believe in the aero and trust how fast you can go into, and through, a corner.
“I couldn’t have had a better first experience, the team is so supportive and they’re great guys to work with and learn from – and I must say a huge thank you as well to my manager Tim Sugden, my sponsors and my family for helping to put this deal together. We’ve got a test at Spa next, which I’m really looking forward to, and then on to Monza for the first round in April – I can’t wait for that!”