W Racing Team, known as Team WRT, is a professional autosport racing team, founded in 2009 and headquartered in Baudour, Belgium. The team was created following the initiative of former racing driver Vincent Vosse and entrepreneur Yves Weerts. Today the team is run by the Co-CEO team Kathleen Schurmans and Vincent Vosse. Pascal Weerts is president of the board of directors of WRT. In 2019 the team runs race programs in DTM, Blancpain GT Series, Intercontinental GT Challenge and others, WTCR and TCR Europe.
Apart from running various international race programs, WRT is also known as manufacturer through its subsidary AMP.
AMP is a leading manufacturer of roll cages and chassis reinforcement. Since WRT acquired AMP, it has been able to develop its grassroots in motorsport support and that in close collaboration with Volkswagen by being the exclusive manufacturing business for the VW Fun Cup. Additionally, AMP develops roll cages for several of the world’s largest work motorsport programs.
Through the years, the team has shown its versatility by winning a multitude of races and titles in various prestigious GT and touring car championships all around the world. By end 2018 WRT proudly won 36 titles.
Our sportive and technical successes show our ability to be a top player within a sport where technological challenges are combined with the expert knowledge of engineers, drivers and technicians to deliver cutting edge solutions.
Yves Weerts en Vincent Vosse are the owners of the team while Kathleen Schurmans and Vincent Vosse run the team on a daily basis as a co-CEO team. Pascal Weerts is president of the board.
President of the board
Winning is our engine
Team WRT has employed a winning formula from day one. In fact, it won its first-ever race in April 2010 when Team WRT made its debut in the BTCS race on the circuit of Zolder with race drivers Ronnie Latinne and Jean-Jacques Smits. It proved to be the start of a powerful success story…
In 2010 Team WRT purchased three Audi R8 LMS race cars as part of being the official Belgian Audi motorsport importer, with these cars the team participated in the national Belcar Endurance Championship, the French FFSA GT Championship (now GT Tour), and the mid-season Spa 24 Hours.
For the Belgian Touring Car Series, the team signed up two Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 cars.
Team WRT impressed the racing world by finishing on the podium with at least one car in every Belcar Endurance that year. That consistency resulted in winning the Drivers ’Championship with drivers Franchi and Kumpen, and Team WRT securing the Teams' Championship that season.
Alongside spectacular results in the Belcar Endurance Championship with the Audi R8 LMS, the team earned two podium finishes in the FFSA GT Championship. With the two VW Scirocco GT24, the team became Belgian Touring Car Series runners-up in their category.
Following the team’s first year's successes, the racing program expanded for 2011 by adding the FIA GT3 European Championship and Blancpain Endurance Series to the schedule for Audi R8 LMS cars.
Once again success came early as Team WRT won the second of two races in the first event of the FIA GT3 Championship with Franchi and Enzo Ide. In July that year Team WRT won the Total 24 Hours of Spa in only its second attempt, with Franchi sharing the drive with factory Audi drivers Timo Scheider and Mattias Ekström.
That same year Team WRT chose to participate in the Zolder 24 Hours, an event that was part of the Belcar Endurance Championship. The team won the race in great style, 18 laps ahead of the car that finished in second place.
Team WRT opened their 2012 season with an impressive victory by Vanthoor and Ortelli in Macau, during its very first participation in the FIA GT1 World Championship race ever! In July 2012 the team finished as runner up in the Total 24H of Spa, and in September it won the 24 Hours of Zolder for the second time in a row.
Team WRT further expanded its program in 2012, with accepted entries in the FIA GT World Championship as the representatives of Audi. The team went on to finish third in the Teams standings while winning three races on the way. In the Blancpain GT Endurance Series the team crowned itself as champion in both the drivers’ and team rankings.
In 2013, Team WRT showed its strength by once again finishing on the podium of the Total 24 Hours of Spa and winning in the Pirelli GT Challenge with the Audi R8 LMS. With regards to winning titles, the team could be proud again that year as it won both the Teams' and Drivers' Championship of the newly named FIA GT Series.
Business wise, WRT took a big step by incorporating AMP as its subsidiary.
With AMP the WRT company started a close collaboration with Volkswagen by being the exclusive manufacturing business for the Volkswagen Fun Cup.
In 2014 WRT competed both in the Blancpain Endurance Series and Blancpain Sprint Series, successor of the FIA GT Series. The team won both the Teams' and Drivers' Championship in the Blancpain GT Series as well as in the Blancpain Endurance Series. WRT also won the Teams' Championship in the Blancpain Sprint Series.
In July 2014 the team added a second win in the Spa 24 Hours with Laurens Vanthoor, René Rast and Markus Winkelhock and took 3rd place with Chris Mies, James Nash and Frank Stippler at the wheel of the Audi R8 LMS. Also, in the Pirelli World Challenge WRT once again may call itself a race winner.
The success of 2015 started early in the year for WRT, this time off-road in the cold February snow.
The team finished 1st in Trophée Andros Drivers' ranking category Elite B with Lionel Daziano, and 2nd in the category Elite A with former F1 driver and Monaco Grand Prix winner Olivier Panis.
In May of 2015 WRT achieved another major success by winning the 24 Hours of Nürburgring with Christopher Mies, Nico Müller, Edward Sandström and Laurens Vanthoor driving the new version of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 car. The number 28 car would prove to become a fan favorite and would return in several world-famous leading simulation race games over the years, making it maybe the best-known WRT car worldwide.
But the successes in 2015 didn’t stop there. After the win in the Nürburgring 24H, the team clinched 2nd place in the Total 24 Hours of Spa and ended the season in great style by finishing 1st and 2nd in the Sepang 12 Hours. In 2015 the team again won both Teams' and Drivers' championships in the Blancpain GT Series and was also crowned Teams' Champions in the Sprint and Endurance Series.
After a remarkable 2015, team WRT would also make 2016 a huge success.
Instead of the team starting its season in the snow like the previous year, it started in 2016 in the heat of Dubai for the Dubai 24 Hours with its series of victories that year.
To cool down from winning the endurance race in Dubai, team WRT was looking for coolness in the snow the Trophée Andros where it won the teams’ championship.
Back to the GT program, where after winning the Dubai 24H at the beginning of the year, the team impressed again in Spa-Francorchamps in July by finishing again on the podium of the famous 24 hour race in the Belgian Ardennes. Nico Müller, Rene Rast and Laurens Vanthoor took place on the third step of the Total 24 Hours of Spa podium.
In September, Team WRT seized the opportunity to broaden its racing horizon and signed up with a Ligier JS P2 LMP2 car for the European Le Mans Series race at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
In traditional WRT style, the team was equally successful during the debut in the Le Mans prototype class. The team achieved an impressive performance. After a crash in the training sessions, it first had to completely rebuild the car. Then in the race, the team fought itself through the field towards the top. The team ended up on the podium as a runner-up, after being in the race for the victory until the last moment.
In the Blancpain GT Series, Team WRT was again an absolute top formation, where it became champion in the drivers' and teams' Sprint Series championship and finished as runner-up in the endurance teams' championship and teams’ overall championship.
Team WRT ended the GT program of 2016 in a rather spectacular way. It participated in the prestige FIA GT World Cup race in Macau. With the Audi R8 LMS the team was very competitive and fought a thrilling battle for victory until the last lap.
Driver Laurens Vanthoor entered the final lap as leader, after which he made a huge crash shortly after which the car topped his roof. The Belgian top driver crawled unharmed from the very safe Audi R8 LMS car.
The race was red-flagged, and as Vanthoor entered the final lap as a leader in the race, he was named the deserved winner of the race. This allowed the team and driver to call themselves World Champion.
Alongside its GT program, WRT announced that it would make its debut in Touring car racing, running two Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR cars in the TCR International Series.
The team was named after its sponsor Leopard, a producer of natural power drinks, and was therefore signed up to the championship under the Leopard Racing badge. The choice to make the step in Touring car racing was rewarded greatly. Leopard Racing Team WRT became champion in the drivers' championship rankings with Comini, and took 3rd place in those same rankings with Jean-Karl Vernay. In the teams’ rankings the team proudly clinched 2nd place.
In addition to the TCR International Series championship, WRT also participated in the TCR Benelux championship, where the team finished third in the drivers' championship with the Denis Dupont – Sam Dejonghe driver duo in the SEAT Léon Cup Racer TCR car supported by the RACB National Team initiative.
January of 2017 started again successfully for the Belgium based WRT team, being crowned champion in both the drivers’ and teams’ rankings in the snow of the Trophee Andros.
In April the team won its first GT title of the year by winning the Saudi GT Championship Drivers' championship with driver Bin Saud Al Saud behind the steering wheel of the Audi R8 LMS.
Then in May 2017 the team travels to the notorious Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany for the famous Nurburgring 24 Hours race. Team WRT is again successful, with third place in the final position of the race for drivers Robin Frijns, Marcel Fässler Nico Muller and Rene Rast.
In September that year, the team again achieved great success in the final standings of the Blancpain GT Sprint Series championship, where it achieved both the first and second place in the drivers' championship and the team championship.
October 2017 is also a great month for the team, in which it takes P1 and P3 in the TCR Benelux championship and finishes third in the Blancpain GT Series teams' championship.
Team WRT ended the very successful year with winning the TCR International Series drivers' championship with Jean-Karl Vernay in the VW Golf GTI TCR, and with a second place for Robin Frijns in the FIA GT World Cup in Macau with the gold-painted Audi R8 LMS.
2018 is the year in which Team WRT is racing on all the worlds continents. With races in Europe, US, Australia, Japan, Asia and Africa, Team WRT may call itself a worldwide enterprise.
The team will also take a new step through the world touring car championship in 2018 to its racing program. The old FIA WTCC championship has changed its name and rules and will be known as the FIA WTCR from 2018. Due to the great successes that Leopard Racing Team WRT has achieved in the various TCR classes, participation in the world championship is a natural choice. The team would sign touring car champions Jean-Karl Vernay and Gordon Shedden to race in the championship, armed with the Audi RS3 LMS TCR car.
In addition to the WTCR championship, Jean-Karl Vernay would also participate in a large part of the TCR Europe and TCR Benelux championship.
Team WRT is again successful in its new adventure. In the FIA WTCR championship, the team proves to be a top team as a race winner. In the TCR Europe championship, Jean-Karl Vernay finishes as a runner-up, and becomes champion in the TCR Benelux championship.
The Blancpain GT program of the team is again a success. It finishes first and second in the teams 'Sprint Cup championship and second in the overall teams' championship. Alex Riberas and Christopher Mies become runner-up in both the Sprint Cup championship and the overall championship.