Returning to Europe after the great results of both the sprint and endurance races held in Dubai, Thierry only had one thing on his mind…. 2022.
In order to make the right decision Raymond and Jos decided that in order to really make Thierry’s pace visible in a GT3 they had to compete in a race where the best drivers are competing. They did this by doing the 9h of Kylami which is part of the Intercontinental GT3 championship, a championship which is mainly driven by factory drivers. In this championship constructers fight for the tittle. Thierry competed on a AM car which means it would simple be impossible for him to fight for the overall win. However, it would be great to gain more experience in the GT3 car while still having a look at his pace compared to the other drivers. He competed in this race with the Audi R8 GT3 run by WRT, he was able to claim the victory in the GT3 AM class and knew that from there on GT3 was the way forward. Discussions with several teams happened from here on and Thierry, Jos and Raymond had their eye on Car Collection which was the team Thierry had his first GT3 experience in, end of 2021 (Dubai).
They believed that Car Collection had the right spirit to allow Thierry to learn and hopefully get the most out of the 2022 season. The decision was made for Thierry to compete in the ADAC GT Masters which is seen as one of the most competitive GT3 sprint series in the world, a series which is extremely competitive and would allow Thierry to compare his pace to the best, while still having very close battles. Car Collection was able to get Mattia Drudi as Thierry’s team mate who is one of Audi’s factory drivers and is seen as a real ‘young gun’. Drudi had passed a very similar route as Thierry, competing for several years with the Porsche Cup car, which was great for Thierry to make his switch to GT3’s.
For the 2022 season Thierry will also be joining forces with ‘Verstappen.com’ as his main long term partner.