DTM

Team WRT signs Ed Jones and Fabio Scherer for 2020 season

Team WRT has announced an all-new driver line-up for the 2020 DTM season, with Ed Jones and Fabio Scherer lined up to drive for the Belgian privateer outfit.

Indycar refugee Jones and FIA Formula 3 driver Scherer are taking part in this week's DTM rookie test in Jerez, but have now been confirmed to drive for the team next year.

The duo replace the outgoing pair of Pietro Fittipaldi and Jonathan Aberdein, who piloted the two Audi RS5 DTMs in the team's debut season.

Jones spent the 2019 season racing for Ed Carpenter Racing after having been dropped by Chip Ganassi Racing. During his Indycar tenure, Jones finished on the podium at the 2017 Indianapolis 500.

“I look forward joining WRT Team Audi Sport and the DTM in 2020," said Jones. "This is a series I have been watching closely in the past, very appealing, with high-level competition and great racing. I am excited to get going, with such a great team around me.

Audi has won the title last year, WRT has done a great maiden season, and now the objective is to be on the podium, and if everything goes well, to go for a win. I know it is going to be tough, but we have everything to grow and perform well.”

Scherer, 20, has spent the last two seasons in the FIA Formula 3 Championship after graduating from F4, and was previously linked to a DTM seat.

“It’s a real pleasure to join WRT Team Audi Sport for the 2020 DTM," said Scherer. "Morevover, it’s a dream come true as I don’t think there is anything higher than DTM!

"It’s amazing to have this possibility and I thank you everybody who made it possible. I really look forward to 2020, I am really excited and I think we can achieve a lot.”

Vincent Vosse, WRT team boss, added: “We are delighted to welcome in the team Fabio and Ed, two young drivers that have already proven their value and see in the DTM the right series where to develop their careers.

Once again, we are giving an opportunity to young talent, which is one of our core principles. I am convinced that Fabio and Ed will contribute a lot to the growth of WRT Team Audi Sport in our crucial second season in the DTM.”