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Loic Duval set for Audi DTM test at Jerez next week

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Loic Duval has been named in Audi’s line-up for the DTM rookie test at the Jerez circuit in Spain next week.

Duval, 34, has been part of Audi’s LMP1 line-up in the FIA World Endurance Championship since 2012, winning Le Mans alongside Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen in 2013 as well as claiming the WEC drivers’ title that year.

Following Audi’s decision to leave the WEC and end its LMP1 program following the 2016 season, Duval’s current racing commitments lie solely in Formula E with Faraday Future Dragon Racing.

The Frenchman will get a chance to sample a DTM car for Audi next week, though, taking part in the rookie test for the German marque.

Duval will be joined in the test alongside McLaren Formula 1 youngster and GP3 racer Nyck de Vries, plus sportscar racers Dion von Moltke and Kelvin van der Linde.

Audi recently re-affirmed its commitment to DTM despite the end of its LMP1 program, although it will cut back from eight to six cars for 2017 as part of a common agreement with rival manufacturers BMW and Mercedes.

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool