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– Opening round of the Audi one-make cup as part of 2015 DTM Festival
– Caygill, 25, will drive car number 14 in a grid of 24
– Racing starts on Saturday, May 2 at 10.10am– round 2 scheduled for Sunday, May 3 at 9.40h (local time)
– Livestream will be broadcast on http://www.audimotorsport.com

After a long and productive winter of preparation, West Yorkshire-based racing driver Josh Caygill is just hours away from making his debut in the brand new Audi Sport TT Cup which begins this weekend, 2nd/3rd May, at Hockenheim in Germany.

Caygill will be the only British driver on the grid in the new one-make Audi series,  which fills the position vacated by the Volkswagen Scirocco R Cup as the support package to the prestigious DTM touring car series. The 25-year-old former British Supersport motorcycle racer from Netherton will also be embarking on only his third season on four wheels.

Having earned his place in the Audi championship through a special selection process, with a panel including professional racing drivers Markus Winkelhock and Marco Werner, Caygill is determined to make the most of the opportunity with a strong start in Germany.

“It’s been a long winter, we’ve had plenty of time to think about everything and now I can’t wait for the racing to start”, says Caygill, who is managed by successful international racer Tim Sugden. “I’ve been training hard, been on some track days with Tim [Sugden] and spent some time in the sim as well. Basically, we’ve been trying to get as well prepared as we can be and I’m happy with where we are.

“Last year we obviously split ourselves between two championships, in the UK and Europe, so I’m looking forward to concentrating 100% on one championship this year. I can’t wait to be back behind the wheel of the Audi this weekend for the test, it’ll be important to get some good running in.”

Already, Caygill has high expectations of the quality of racing and competition in the new category having been stunned by the pace and handling of the 310PS TT Cup when he tested his new race car for the first time at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona last month.

Reporting a hugely enjoyable outing, with performance of the like he hasn’t experienced before on four wheels, the former British Supersport motorcycle racer is relishing the prospect of being part of the high-profile new category.

“I think there’s probably a bigger depth of talent in the TT Cup this year than there was in VW last year, it’s going to be a tough season with a lot of competition but that’s why we’re there – to learn and to improve against quality opposition”, he added. “I’m aiming to be as near to the sharp end as I can be, we’re not there to make up the numbers, and hopefully we can make a good start.”

A 50-minute practice session starts today, Thursday, 30th April, ahead of qualifying on Friday, 1st May, at 09.35 (local time). Round one of the inaugural Audi Sport TT Cup will get underway at 10.10 (local time) on Saturday, 2nd May, with round two scheduled to follow on Sunday, 3rd May, at 09.40 (local time).

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