This would mark Cassidy’s second appearance in a DTM weekend, after competing in the 2019 title decision at Hockenheim as a wildcard in a Lexus LC500 SUPER GT car.
The Kiwi also competed in the Super GT x DTM Dream Race at Fuji Speedway that same year, winning the weekend’s first leg for the TOM’S Lexus team.
Cassidy and Albon had always had to share the AlphaTauri-branded car this year, with the Kiwi stepping in whenever Albon had conflicting Formula 1 commitments as a reserve driver and Red Bull simulator.
Red Bull had previously cleared Albon to continue in the DTM in Austria – which fell the same weekend as F1’s Dutch Grand Prix – after a victory at the Nurburgring propelled him into the championship race. But with the Anglo-Thai driver no longer in the title fight, he will resume his duties with Red Bull’s F1 team this weekend in Turkey.
The announcement marks the untimely end of Albon’s stint in DTM, which included podiums at Monza and Zolder in addition to a dominant win from pole position in race two at the Nürburgring.
He will return full-time to F1 next year, driving for the Mercedes-powered Williams team alongside incumbent Nicholas Latifi.
As Albon returns to F1 again, Cassidy will complete her first race in a tin car since her stellar Super GT career – which included winning the 2017 GT500 title with Ryo Hirakawa – ended last year. .
The Kiwi has racing experience in endurance racing Ferrari GT3 cars such as the Suzuka 10 Hours, and most recently tested for AF Corse at the Lausitzring in May for a part-time DTM campaign.
With a DTM race that only came to fruition in October, the 27-year-old has mainly focused his efforts on Formula E, and has been one of the best rookies this season – scoring two pole positions and as many podiums while driving for the Envision Virgin. Racing team.
Cassidy / Albon teammate and Red Bull protege Liam Lawson is heading to the Norisring as the championship leader, 14 points ahead of the Abt Audi of early season favorite Kelvin van der Linde.
Alex Albon, Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo from AF Corse
Photo by: Alexander Trienitz