Audi works driver Nico Mueller will contest the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship with Vector Sport, a new UK-based LMP2 team.
The 2023 Audi LMDh driver will drive Vector Sport’s single-entered Oreca 07-Gibson next year for the new Silverstone-based outfit.
Gary Holland, who has LMP2 experience at the likes of JOTA and Risi Competizione, will front the team.
He has worked with Mueller, a two-time DTM vice-champion in 2019 and 2020, as Team Manager at the Dragon Penske Autosport Formula E team.
Vector Sport Team Principal, Gary Holland, said: “Thanks to the vision and innovative spirit of the ACO and the FIA, endurance racing is on the cusp of an incredibly exciting new era.
“LMH, LMDh and the new GT3 rules are moving the discipline into the spotlight and what we consider to be the right direction for the future, and this is why we have decided to launch our new team now.
“Our thanks must go to Audi Sport for allowing Nico [Mueller] to be with us for the 2022 season as his presence is an integral part of our plans.
“Our plans for our LMP2 entry include a really strong driver line up, an experienced and extremely capable engineering team and a proven technical package, but we also have ambitions to expand into different classes in the future.
“For now, however, we are fully committed to the intensely competitive LMP2 category and really want to be part of that in 2022.”
Mueller has raced once in the WEC at the 2017 6 Hours of Shanghai for G-Drive Racing, finishing seventh in-class with an Oreca 07.
As a confirmed Le Mans Daytona Hypercar (LMDh) driver for Audi Sport’s return to top-level sports car racing, the Swiss driver will target more experience prior to the manufacturer’s arrival.
His two teammates are not confirmed yet and they will be announced in due course.
The 29-year-old added: “I’m very excited to be part of this new team, and confident and proud to be going into this new chapter of endurance racing with it.
“Vector Sport may be a new name, but behind it there are quite a few people I know from different racing series who are all very capable.”
He was thankful to Audi for allowing him to combine Vector Sport’s new project with his existing duties.
“We hope to have a short and effective learning process so we can challenge for wins and we’re looking forward to getting out there and going after them.”
The 10th season of the WEC commences next year on 18 March at the 1000 Miles of Sebring opener.