Valentino Rossi to contest 2022 GT World Championship

The MotoGP™ Legend will don the number 46 throughout the course of the campaign as he tries his hand at four-wheel racing

Recently retired MotoGP™ Legend Valentino Rossi has begun the next chapter of his racing career, signing up to compete in the GT World Challenge Europe, joining Team WRT.

The nine-time World Champion hung up his MotoGP™ leathers at the conclusion of the 2021 World Championship, but that hasn’t stopped the 42-year-old from embarking on a new journey that sees him switch over to four-wheeled racing. Following a test with Team WRT in Valencia last month, Rossi has agreed to compete in the 10-round competition.

Of course, a race with Valentino Rossi just wouldn’t be complete without his iconic #46, and he will sport the number as he contends for honours in the Endurance Cup and Sprint Cup as an official Audi Sport driver.

Valentino Rossi: "I am delighted to join Team WRT for a full Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS programme. 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 Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS with them."

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