South Africa racer Jonathan Aberdein has switched from Audi to BMW, where he will undertake a full DTM campaign as a works driver in 2020.
The 21-year-old quickly established himself as the most impressive rookie driver of the 2019 season. Driving for customer Audi team WRT, he earned front-row qualifying positions and regular top-10 finishes, ending the season 10th overall in the drivers’ standings.
He is the final driver to be confirmed as part of BMW’s six-driver works squad, which also includes two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann, Philipp Eng, Timo Glock, Sheldon van der Linde, and Lucas Auer, who returns to the series after a one-season absence.
“BMW has given me an incredible opportunity to become a BMW works driver in 2020 and I’m very thankful for that”, said Aberdein. “I’m ecstatic to be participating in another season of DTM, and I’ll be looking to build on my strong rookie year in 2019.”
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt added:
“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to give our last free DTM works seat to such a promising and extremely talented young racing driver. Jonathan demonstrated his potential emphatically in last season’s DTM, when he repeatedly challenged his fellow works drivers and often beat them. I’m confident that he will be a great addition to our strong driver line-up.”