WTCR tip for the top: #6 Nicolas Baert
Of the 29 drivers who raced in the 2020 WTCR − FIA World Touring Car Cup, 13 were age 25 or under.
Nicolas Baert, a teenage talent from Belgium, was one of them, making his debut in the series as a wildcard at WTCR Race of Spain as part of his ongoing experience-building mission.
Baert drove a Comtoyou Racing Audi RS 3 LMS on Goodyear tyres to a weekend-best of P11 in Race 3 at MotorLand Aragón before returning to TCR Europe duty at Jarama one week later to secure the series’ rookie title. Here are five facts about the 19-year-old.
Keeping it in the family: Nicolas Baert is the son of Comtoyou Racing owner Jean-Michel Baert.
Different start: Baert’s first foray in circuit racing following a career in karts was in the Spanish F4 Championship certified by the FIA in 2019.
Home joy: Despite his limited experience in touring cars, Baert won only his third TCR Europe race at his home track, Zolder, last September.
Back to Aragón: Baert’s Spanish F4 programme in 2019 gave him the opportunity to race at MotorLand Aragón, making him one of only a handful of drivers who competed at WTCR Race of Spain with experience of the challenging layout in race conditions.
Did you know? Baert joined forces with Comtoyou WTCR team-mates Nathanaël Berthon and Tom Coronel for the 24H Portimão in June 2020. The trio finished second overall.