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Former professional motorbike racer and longstanding Ducati campaigner Carlos Checa is returning to racing for a guest weekend with Audi Sport. The 45-year-old Spaniard will contest two Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup races at the Nürburgring as a guest entrant. The one-make cup is holding two sprints as part of the supporting program of the 24-hour race, one on Friday and one on Saturday, where Checa will race in a specially prepared Audi R8, personalized with Ducati graphics.
 
Afterwards, the fans will get to see something unique: Carlos Checa will lead the field of the 24-hour race for the formation lap at the historic Nürburgring racetrack, on the new Ducati Panigale V4 S.
 
The pro who hails from Barcelona won the 2011 Superbike World Championship on a Ducati 1198 R F11 celebrating 15 race wins in the process.