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Abt announce GT racer Claudia Huertgen

German GT racer Claudia Huertgen joins Mattias Ekstrom at Abt Cupra XE Extreme E squad.

Abt conducted a small shoot out to decide their female racer earlier this year before selecting Huertgen.

Hurtgen has spent 2020 competing in the ADAC GT4 championship, ending the year 10th overall.

The 49-year-old also has experience racing in 24 Hour events, and finished 1st in class in the latest iteration of the 24 Hours of Nurburgring.

“Even after 25 years in motorsport, Extreme E is an all-new and exciting challenge for me that I’m very much looking forward to,” she said.

“What makes this competition special among other things is the fact that this is an al-new adventure for al entrants that we’re jointly embarking on.”

Hurtgen and team-mate Ekstrom have already begun testing the Odyssey 21 they will be sharing when the season starts next year.

“I learn something new on every kilometre and try to handle each corner with greater perfection Needless to say, it’s great to have such an experienced and open-minded team-mate in Mattias who superbly supports me in this effort.”

Ekstrom added: “It didn’t take long for her to impress the entire team and me as well. Claudia is an extremely quick learner and immediately adjusts to all requirements. Given that she’s joining us with just little experience in off-road racing, that’s even more impressive.”

 

Image courtesy of Abt

Bethonie Waring

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