Rookie power: Habsburg joins Dennis in Aston squad
R-Motorsport, the licensed entrant of Aston Martin in DTM, has put its faith behind series rookies by announcing Ferdinand Habsburg as the third of its four-driver squad.
The 21-year-old joins DTM veteran and 2010 champion Paul Di Resta, and rookie Jake Dennis, who shone at the Bathurst 12 Hours in February for the Swiss outfit. The squad will make its debut at the Hockenheim season opener in May, driving the Aston Martin Vantage DTM.
Apart from an outing in the Young Drivers Test in Jerez at the end of last year, Habsburg may not yet be able to lay claim to much DTM history. However, he boasts considerable lineage of his own: he is the great grandson of Emperor Karl I of Austria, himself notably the nephew of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, whose assassination sparked the beginning of the First World War.
Ferdinand typically began his racing career in karting, winning several Rotax championships en route to his single-seater debut in 2014. He quickly ascended through Formula Renault 1.6 and 2.0, a winter in New Zealand’s Toyota Racing Series, and the 2017 and ’18 seasons in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
He began building on his burgeoning sports car career with an outing in the International GT Open (driving in GT3-Pro) and at 2018’s Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, where he shared a Jackie Chan DCR JOTA Oreca 07 with Alex Brundle, Antonio Felix da Costa and Ho-Pin Tung, and finished fifth overall