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Golden times for GRT in the DTM: Christian Engelhart returns as a Lamborghini factory driver in 2024

The success story continues. GRT will continue to compete in the DTM in 2024 and will do so with excellent prospects. The Lamborghini Squadra Corse supported team from Austria has set the course early for their third season in the prestigious championship. Following the successful collaboration last year, GGMT Revolution will also be on board with Grasser Racing in 2024. The golden #63 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO2 will be driven by none other than Christian Engelhart, who will be part of Lamborghini's official factory driver line-up for the second time in his career. The driver for the second entry will be announced in due time.

GRT's involvement in the 2024 DTM championship will be the continuation of a young partnership that has borne promising fruit in a very short space of time. Team Principal Gottfried Grasser's outfit joined forces with a strong new partner in the international gold trading company GGMT Revolution last September, just in time for the home race at the Red Bull Ring. Christian Engelhart completed the collaboration as the driver for the final round at the Hockenheimring. The 36-year-old delivered right away on his return to GRT and finished third on the podium in Saturday's race with an impressive performance.

This promising showing led to immediate planning to unleash the full potential of this successful combination in the 2024 DTM. Following the title challenge with Lamborghini factory driver Mirko Bortolotti in their 2022 debut season and the sensational victory of Lamborghini Junior Maximilian Paul at the Nürburgring in 2023, GRT and Christian Engelhart form another promising duo in the team's third year in the DTM. The German was already active as a Lamborghini factory driver in GT3 racing between 2016 and 2019 and achieved remarkable milestones with GRT.

He celebrated a total of 14 victories driving the Austrian team's Lamborghini Huracán GT3, including success at the prestigious 24 Hours of Daytona in 2019. Two years earlier, he was part of the GRT squad that took overall victory in the Blancpain GT Series (now Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe), which consists of the Sprint Cup and Endurance Cup. After leaving Lamborghini, Christian Engelhart successfully took to the wheel for Porsche between 2020 and 2023. He took an outright win on his DTM debut in Oschersleben in 2023. With his most recent podium success for GRT, he recommended himself for a return to Lamborghini and will once again be one of the high-calibre drivers in the ranks of the Italian sports car manufacturer in 2024.

The DTM will comprise eight race weekends in 2024 and will be organised for the second time in its history by the ADAC, which took over the organization of the legendary racing series last season. The calendar includes six stops in Germany as well as one in the Netherlands and one in Austria. The season will kick off with the races in Oschersleben from 26 to 28 April. In July, the highlight fixture will take place at the iconic Norisring in the heart of Nuremberg. GRT's home race at the Red Bull Ring is scheduled for the last weekend in September, before the finale traditionally takes place in Hockenheim.

Christian Engelhart: "I straight away had a good feeling when I returned to GRT for the DTM finale at Hockenheim, and this was confirmed by our podium success. Competing in the DTM full time next year as a Lamborghini Squadra Corse factory driver with GRT is very emotional and fills me with great pride. I would like to thank Gottfried, Lamborghini and all the partners for the trust they have placed in me. Together we will do everything we can to maximise our success. I can hardly wait to finally get started!"

Gottfried Grasser, Team Principal of GRT: "After the weekend at the Hockenheimring, it quickly became clear to us where our journey in the DTM 2024 should take us. Christian has a long history with us and has always been part of the GRT family. On his return, he immediately impressed us again with the qualities that we have always appreciated in him. From then on, the aim was to see him in one of our cars for the entire season next year. We have put in a great amount of effort in recent weeks to set up a program with Christian and we are over the moon that it worked out. My thanks go to our friends at GGMT Revolution and Lamborghini Squadra Corse for making it all possible. It's a great feeling to be able to set the course for 2024 at this early stage and we look forward to announcing more news soon."

Giorgio Sanna, Head of Motorsport, Lamborghini Squadra Corse: "We are pleased to have GRT on the DTM grid with a very well-known driver such as Christian. We look forward to support the team in a challenging 2024 season."

Helmut Kaltenegger, CEO and Founder of GGMT Revolution: "The fascination of the DTM captivated us from the very first moment and it was something very special for us to be part of the spectacle this year together with GRT. Gottfried and his organisation impressed us across the board and we were obviously delighted by his plans with Christian for 2024 after the fantastic performance at the finale. The DTM is the perfect platform for us to bring our product to the people and we can't wait to continue writing our Never Ending Gold story with Grasser Racing and Christian."