Motor Racing-MotoGP great Rossi to race on four wheels in 2022


FILE PHOTO: MotoGP - MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi celebrated at the EICMA motorcycle fair after his retirement - Fiera Milano, Milan, Italy - November 25, 2021 MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi during the EICMA motorcycle fair REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

(Reuters) - Seven-times MotoGP motorcycle world champion Valentino Rossi said he will return to the track to compete in car racing in the GT World Challenge Europe, joining Belgian outfit WRT.

Rossi, who called time on an illustrious motorcycling career spanning more than two decades in 2021, had previously spoken of a desire to move into car racing, and underwent a test with WRT in Valencia in December.

The 42-year-old will drive an Audi R8 LMS in the endurance and sprint categories, and will sport the number 46, the same number he raced with in MotoGP.

"I am delighted to join Team WRT," Rossi said in a statement. "Everybody knows that I have always been a great car racing fan and that I have always been interested in racing on four wheels once my MotoGP career would come to an end.

"Now I am completely available to devote myself to a car racing programme at a high level and with the right professional approach.

"Team WRT is the perfect fit I was looking for and I am anxious to start this new adventure in the GTWCE with them."

The 2022 GT World Challenge Europe season begins in Imola, Spain on April 1.

(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; editing by Richard Pullin)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In Motorsport

Motor racing-Indy 500 captivated by Castroneves's drive-for-five
Motor racing-Kanaan fastest as Ganassi continues Indy domination
Motor racing-Pressure mounting on Ricciardo as McLaren extend O'Ward deal
Motor racing-Mercedes drivers all shaken up after Monaco practice
Motor racing-Monaco must pay more to stay on F1 calendar says McLaren boss
Motor racing-Leclerc fastest in Monaco as Ricciardo crashes
Motor racing-Dropping Monaco would be a mistake for F1, says Ecclestone
Motor racing-FIA extends Formula One jewellery exemption to end of June
Motor racing-Ecclestone denies arrest, says gun had no bullets
Motor racing-Johnson changing lanes at Indianapolis 500

Others Also Read