Saintéloc Racing will return to the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS grid this season with a two-car entry, continuing their association with Audi.
Christopher Haase heads up the squad in one of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 entries and will be joined by Leo Roussel at the Sprint events, while Adrien Tambay and Alexandre Cougnaud will support the Endurance races.
In the second Audi, Frédéric Vervisch will take the lead driver role as he is teamed up with Aurélien Panis who moves across from the Tech1 Lexus programme to join Vervisch for the Sprint races.
For the Endurance rounds Saintéloc will call on the veteran Audi expert Markus Winkelhock while bringing new blood to the team with British driver Finlay Hutchinson who moves from the Attempto squad with Vervisch.
“I’m absolutely ecstatic to have joined Sainteloc for 2021, especially with two incredible team-mates like Fred and Markus”, said Hutchison, “This really is going to be my most high-profile season yet, it’s an amazing opportunity at this point in my career and I can’t wait to get started with the team at the test this week at Paul Ricard.
“Over the last couple of seasons I’ve gained some very good experience racing Audis in GT World Challenge Europe, and I’m looking forward to putting everything I’ve learned to good use with the guys at Sainteloc. I couldn’t wish for two better team-mates, it should be an amazing season.”
Sebastien Chetail, team principal of Sainteloc Racing, added: “I’m very pleased to welcome Finlay as a new driver into Sainteloc Racing for the season 2021, both for GTWCE Endurance and Intercontinental GT Challenge.
“We are really looking forward to starting this campaign to give the opportunity to Finlay to progress and show his skills. Having the two experienced Audi Sport Customer Racing drivers, Frederic and Markus, will be a big advantage as they know the car. The team will help Finlay to be as comfortable as possible in this new environment.”
“I’m really pleased to be back in the Endurance Cup this year and really looking forward to racing at all of the awesome tracks like Monza and Spa”, Hutchison added, “The major highlights, though, will be the chance to race at Indianapolis and Kyalami for the first time, I know both will be an amazing experience. I really must say a huge thank you to my sponsors for making this season possible.”
Preparations for the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS season get underway at the official test days (25/26 March).