Ex-Formula 3 racer Sophia Floersch is poised to race in the DTM for the series’ first season under GT3 regulations.
Floersch will be joining the Abt Audi team as part of an expanded three-car entry by last year’s championship-winning squad.
While Abt had already announced this month that it will field 2013 title winner Mike Rockenfeller and Kelvin van der Linde in the DTM this year, Motorsport.com understands that it could enter a third Audi R8 LMS this year for Floersch.
The German racer hinted on Sky Sports F1 this month that she would not remain in FIA Formula 3 for a second season in 2021 and is close to announcing a second programme to complement her FIA World Endurance Championship duties with the Richard Mille Racing LMP2 team.
Floersch already has a presence in the DTM thanks to her role as the brand ambassador for series sponsor Schaeffler. She was also on-site at last year’s season finale in Hockenheim to drive the DTM Electric prototype car that is being developed jointly with Schaeffler.
Abt has the capacity to add an extra car to its already-announced first two entries, having not laid off staff members in the wake of Audi’s factory exit from the DTM unlike fellow Audi teams Rosberg and Phoenix.
With Floersch securing the Abt seat, she became the first female driver to race in the DTM since Susie Wolff and Rahel Frey in 2012.
This milestone builds on a landmark 2020 which saw the racer earn the Laureus World Sports Award for Comeback of the Year at the Laureus World Sports Awards on Monday for her racing return after her back-breaking Macau Grand Prix crash.
The 19-year-old was hospitalised with a spinal fracture after a spectacular crash in the 2018 Macau GP, that resulted in changes to the cars used in the race and the circuit itself for future races.
Floersch made her racing comeback in Formula Regional European Championship with Van Amersfoort Racing last year and finished seventh in the points. She then returned to Macau with HWA Racelab, but failed to finish due to mechanical issues.