Audi Sport held two driver scouting events during October and December 2015, but Sheldon was invited to go straight into the second session in Vallelunga, Italy, as a result of his stellar track record in the highly competitive Volkswagen Polo Cup series in South Africa.
The Audi Sport TT Cup features 14 races in Germany, as well as the famous Zandvoort circuit in Holland and the Budapest Grand Prix circuit in Hungary. Six rounds are support events to the DTM (German Touring Car Championship). Each race features two heats of half an hour, giving the young racers plenty of seat time.
The Audi TT Coupe race cars are all identically prepared by quattro GmbH in Germany, ensuring complete fairness in the series, which enters its second season in 2016. The Audi TT weighs 1125kg and produces 228kW from the two-litre turbocharged engine. An extra 22kW is briefly available to aid overtaking with a ‘push-to-pass’ function. A blue lamp in the windshield indicates the boost activation. LEDs in the rear window show rivals and spectators how many times the driver can still use the additional power. The number of available boosts is defined by the regulations.
On hearing the news that he has been accepted by Audi Sport to fill one of the twenty seats, Sheldon said: “I am extremely excited to start my European motorsport career with Audi Sport in the TT Cup next season; a new challenge, and the perfect opportunity for me to showcase my ability against the best young drivers in Europe, and one step closer to fulfilling my dreams of becoming an Audi Sport factory driver in DTM or the FIA World Endurance Championship one day”.
2016 Audi Sport TT Cup calendar: