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.

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.