24-year-old Ayhancan Guven will make his DTM debut on the weekend of 2-3 July, at the wheel of the # 37 Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo operated by AF Corse. Felipe Fraga will be on the other Red Bull car as always, for what will be the only race in the series on a citizen this season.
A Red Bull driver, Guven has spent most of his career in Porsche single-make, winning the Carrera Cup France title twice in successive seasons in 2018-19. Last year he moved to Porsche Supercup, the series that runs in support of Formula 1, finishing third in the standings behind Larry ten Voorde and Dylan Pereira.
Guven’s other accolades include helping Team Turkey win the inaugural FIA GT Nations Cup title in 2018, where he teamed up with former FIA World Endurance Championship driver Salih Yoluc.
The 24-year-old was hired for the Norisring race to replace New Zealander Nick Cassidy, engaged in Formula E with the Envision team.
# 91 Team Joos Sportwagentechnik Porsche 911 GT3 R: Ayhancan Güven
Photo by: Alexander Trienitz
This will be the second time in 2022 that Cassidy will miss a race due to other commitments: nine-time world rally champion Sebastian Loeb had already taken his place in the unsurpassed race in Portimao last April.
The New Zealander could potentially miss the third round of Spa in September, when he will have to drive for AF Corse in the GTE Am class of the WEC at Fuji Speedway.
However, while his contract with Envision clearly states that he must prioritize Formula E when concurrent with another championship, it is unclear which of the two agreements with AF Corse will take precedence when the WEC and DTM rounds fall into the same. weekend.
Before next month’s Norisring event, Cassidy will participate in the third round of the championship at Imola, the home race for both Ferrari and the AF Corse team, which runs the program in Red Bull’s DTM.
The team has quietly started its second season in the category, having won the team title last year, with Cassidy scoring just two points at the Lausitzring last month.
Team-mate Fraga took the podium in Portugal, but his weekend at the Lausitzring was interrupted by a fire in qualifying, which forced him to miss the second race of the double round. AF Corse then rebuilt its car with a new chassis for Imola.