Toksport WRT switches from Mercedes-AMG to Porsche in 2022 and concentrates on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife: Which top-class drivers have been engaged?
The guesswork surrounding the future of Toksport WRT has come to an end: the Eifel-based squad, which has been fighting for the title in the ADAC GT Masters with a Mercedes-AMG GT3 in recent years, is completing a brand change and will compete in the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife with a Porsche 911 GT3 R this year. This was announced by the team in a press release.
The team is relying on top-class drivers: In addition to Frenchman Mathieu Jaminet, Australian Matt Campbell is another Porsche works driver in the line-up. Frenchman Julien Andlauer, who is the third man on board, comes from the Porsche driver pool.
Prior to the start at the 24-hour classic, they also want to start with Andlauer at the upcoming second round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series NLS (formerly VLN) on 9 April. Porsche works driver Romain Dumas is planned as partner. The baptism of fire with the new racing car will already take place today during a test on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.
The team, which has its roots in rallying (WRT stands for World Rally Team), had originally planned to compete in the DTM this year. Last year, they had already completed a guest start at the Nürburgring weekend with the Mercedes-AMG GT3, in which Luca Stolz would have finished a strong third without a pit stop penalty.
But Mercedes-AMG did not have a place available in the DTM line-up – they are fielding eight cars in total. As a result, Toksport WRT offered the three cars and the AMG equipment for sale. After negotiations with Aston Martin Racing about a DTM start also failed to yield a positive result, the team decided to work with Porsche this year.
The team also has a tradition in this respect, having competed in the German and French Porsche Carrera Cup, various Porsche Sports Cups and the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux in the past.