The Audi RS 3 LMS gen II is about to enter its second season in the FIA WTCR. The redesigned touring car made a strong debut in 2021 in this racing series with one title and four second-place finishes.
Currently, as a team from the very beginning of the WTCR, Comtoyou Racing is preparing for its fifth season in the most prestigious and toughest global TCR racing series, along with Audi Sport customer races. The season starts on May 7 and 8 at the Pau street circuit in France.
“We want to continue the successful range of the Audi RS 3 LMS in 2022,” said Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport Customer Racing. “Three race wins, twelve podiums, four grid positions, six fastest laps and the contribution of these successes to the ‘TCR Model of the Year’ send a clear message. With Comtoyou Racing as a reliable and competent partner, we aim for continuity.” Since the FIA WTCR was first held in 2018, team owner Jean-Michel Baert and team manager François Verbist and the team from Waterloo, south of the Belgian capital Brussels, have raced the Audi RS 3 LMS in each of the 92 races so far.
32-year-old French Audi Sport driver Nathanaël Berthon, who has done valuable development work on Audi’s new TCR model in addition to his 2021 racing season, brings three years of experience from the FIA WTCR. For the first time, 22-year-old junior driver Gilles Magnus is part of the Audi Sport driver’s squad. In 2018, the Belgian won a selection competition of the Belgian automobile club RACB at the brand’s headquarters in Neuburg. He was the winner of the FIA WTCR rookie standings in 2020 and the best Trophy driver in 2021. Likewise, he was the only privateer driver to take an overall win in a WTCR race the previous year.
Popular with fans and media alike, Dutchman Tom Coronel is driving an Audi RS 3 LMS for the third year in a row, taking part in TCR Europe parallel to the FIA WTCR. He won the first trophy for the Audi RS 3 LMS gen II in Spain last year and was the second best private driver behind Magnus at the end of the year. Coronel celebrated his 50th birthday this month and is entering his 33rd motorsport season. Together with Nathanaël Berthon, he forms the Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport driver team.
Mehdi Bennani will return to Jean-Michel Baert this year. The driver from Morocco won the TCR Europe in 2020 in an Audi with Comtoyou Racing and already took part in the FIA WTCR in 2018 and 2019. The 38-year-old driver brings many years of international experience and is registered for Comtoyou Team Audi Sport alongside Gilles Magnus.
The 2022 FIA WTCR season kicks off on May 7-8 at the equally picturesque and challenging circuit of Pau in the foothills of the Pyrenees in southwestern France. The traditional street circuit is on the calendar for the first time. The innovations for the 2022 season in the WTCR include a modified points system with new incentives for qualifying that has been split into three parts to further intensify the competition. Likewise, there are now higher point totals for the first sprint race. In the second sprint, the first ten participants line up in reverse order of the qualifying result. That guarantees a lot of variety in the races: last year no fewer than twelve different drivers managed to win in 16 races.
The teams and drivers in the 2022 FIA WTCR
Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport
Nathanael Berthon (F)
Tom Coronel (NL)
Comtoyou Team Audi Sport
Mehdi Bennani (MAR)
Gilles Magnus (B)