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Rossi puts himself to the test and looks towards Le Mans

Rossi puts himself to the test and looks towards Le Mans

The Ricardo Tormo of Valencia will be a circuit of last and first times for Valentino Rossi. The Italian, who must now choose which path he will take for next season, the first away from MotoGP since 1996, got behind the wheel of the WRT team’s Audi R8 GT3 on the track where he said goodbye to the World Cup last November and for the occasion, the model he tested The doctor of the brand with the four rings was decorated with the iconic bib number # 46 and added the inscription ‘V. Rossi’ accompanied by the Italian flag, in the prototype that closed in 2021 as GT World Challenge Europe champion with Charles Weerts and Cries Vanthoor.

These tests show how Valentino is still looking for a winning project now in the world of four wheels, where he confessed that it would be released in 2022 after his retirement of motorcycling. As the WRT explains in a statement, the objective with Rossi was simply “to assess the possibilities of future cooperation with the nine-time motorcycling champion “and the only certainty that exists so far as to the future of The doctor, is that will participate again in the 12 Hours of the Gulf with his brother Luca Marini and his friend Uccio Salucci at the wheel of a Ferrari 488 GT3.

The prototype that Rossi piloted during the private tests in Cheste, hence the times did not transcend, is equipped with 585 CV and shares specifications with the Italian model together with which it competes in the endurance test held in Abu Dabi. Although it is true that it has simply been a contact with a structure that is already thinking about next year, the truth is that the WRT has many attractions to end up dazzling a Valentino who has never hidden his desire to compete in one of the endurance classics such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. And that’s where the program of the Belgian structure may arouse your interest.

The WRT participated during the last course in many different championships such as the World Endurance Championship, Le Mans, the GT World Challenge Europe … always counting on the unconditional support of Audi. That factor makes the option of Rossi landing in the Belgian structure to contest the GTWC and the 24 Hours of Spa take more and more force, before eventually aspire to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the premier class of LMP2. Touring cars would be the first step in a new career on four wheels, in which there is also the possibility that Valentino will take a different course, with Ferrari as an alternative in the world of GT and the possibility of competing with those from Maranello in the WEC and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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