Nick Cassidy to join Liam Lawson for DTM finale
New Zealand motorsport star Nick Cassidy will join the DTM field this weekend when he stands in for Alex Albon at the wheel of the #23 Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 in the colours of Red Bull’s premium fashion brand AlphaTauri.
Albon will instead attend the Formula One Grand Prix in Turkey as the reserve and test driver for Red Bull Racing Honda.
Cassidy joins DTM following a successful rookie season in the FIA Formula E World Championship where he claimed two podium finishes and two pole positions. He previously won races and titles in Japan across Japanese Formula 3, Super GT and Super Formula.
This weekend Cassidy links with New Zealand compatriot Liam Lawson, who currently leads the drivers’ standings by 14-points, while Red Bull AlphaTauri AF Corse carries a 68-point lead in the teams’ championship into the season finale.
“I’m really excited to be joining the team,” said Cassidy
“It’s been great following Liam and Alex this season, they’ve just done a tremendous job so far. I’m looking forward to Norisring now. I really like the circuit, I’ve been racing there before in Formula 3. I feel like I’m a rookie with DTM but it should be quite exciting and I hope I can help the team secure the teams’ championship this season.”
Cassidy has been earmarked to drive in the DTM Championship as the team’s alternate driver when Albon’s role as reserve driver meant he was unable to compete. Unfortunately for Cassidy and New Zealand motorsport fans, Albon has been able to take part in the entire championship to date despite numerous clashes with Formula 1 events.
“We know Nick has been waiting for his opportunity to race the Ferrari and more importantly assist Red Bull AlphaTauri AF Corse and Liam to try and win both the teams’ and drivers’ championships at the Norisring this weekend,” said Red Bull Motorsport Consultant, Dr Helmut Marko.