Mathias Lauda, son of three-time Formula One World Champion Niki, will race full time in the Porsche Supercup this season having agreed a deal to drive for Konrad Motorsport in 2011.
The 30-year-old former DTM racer made a guest appearance in the F1-supporting single-make championship at last year’s German Grand Prix round at Hockenheim and the Austrian will now contest a full season under the Konrad Motorsport Austria banner as team-mate to fellow Austrian Andreas Mayerl.
Lauda forms part of a 21-car grid for this weekend’s season-opener at Istanbul Park in Turkey, which includes most of the star names from last year including eight of the top ten in the championship.
Reigning champion Rene Rast is back to defend his crown with the re-branded Veltins Lechner Racing, where he is joined by Norbert Siedler, third last season with MRS Team.
Briton’s Nick Tandy, who pushed Rast for the title throughout 2010 in his maiden full season in the category, stays with Konrad Motorsport for a title assault alongside Christian Engelhart, who raced with SANITEC / Giltrap Racing last year.
Multiple champion Jeroen Bleekemolen, who didn’t contest a full season in 2010, is back for a full time assault having switched from Lechner Racing to Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit, who will also run a car for British driver Sean Edwards.
Team Bleekemolen is also back with an experienced line-up that includes former champions Patrick Huisman and Alessandro Zampedri as well as Sebastiaan Bleekemolen.
Polish squad VERVA Racing returns for a second season with Kuba Giermaziak and has also signed front runner Stefan Rosina from Lechner Racing, while German Carrera Cup champions Attempto Racing graduate to the Supercup and will run former VERVA driver Robert Lukas and 2010 French Carrera Cup runner-up Kevin Estre.
Porsche Supercup entry list – Round 1, Turkey
1 Rene Rast, Veltins Lechner Racing
2 Norbert Siedler, Veltins Lechner Racing
3 Nick Tandy, Konrad Motorsport
4 Christian Engelhart, Konrad Motorsport
5 Andreas Mayerl, Konrad Motorsport Austria
6 Mathias Lauda, Konrad Motorsport Austria
7 William Langhorne, SANITEC Aquiles MRS Team
8 Nicolas Filiberti, SANITEC Aquiles MRS Team
9 Stefan Rosina, VERVA Racing
10 Kuba Giermaziak, VERVA Racing
11 Robert Lukas, Attempto Racing
12 Kevin Estre, Attempto Racing
14 Khalid Al Qubaisi, Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit
15 Jeroen Bleekemolen, Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit
16 Sean Edwards, Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit
17 Sebastiaan Bleekemolen, Team Bleekemolen
18 Patrick Huisman, Team Bleekemolen
19 Alessandro Zampedri, Team Bleekemolen
G Cenk Ceyisakar, MRS Team PZ Aschaffenburg
G Thomas Langer, MRS Team PZ Aschaffenburg
G Yadel Oskan, MRS Team PZ Aschaffenburg
Watch Porsche Supercup highlights from Turkey on Sunday 15 May at 3:45pm (BST) on Motors TV.
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