The seven-time world champion will make his first look within the sequence since 2012 at this weekend’s three-hour Endurance spherical at Imola, having introduced his retirement from MotoGP final August.
He has joined Vosse’s WRT Audi crew that clinched the GTWCE total and Dash Cup titles final yr with Dries Vanthoor and Charles Weerts. Rossi will contest the complete GTWCE Dash and Endurance schedule alongside Audi manufacturing unit driver Frederic Vervisch, with Nico Muller becoming a member of them for the longer races.
Rossi enjoyed “a good day of testing” last month at Circuit Paul Ricard, getting inside 4 tenths of the automotive’s quickest time within the morning session on Tuesday.
WRT’s co-GT programme supervisor Kurt Mollekens told Autosport last month that he was already “just one of the guys” and had settled in well.
Talking forward of Rossi’s first race weekend, Vosse mentioned he was assured that Italian’s expertise and former data would imply “he’ll address the strain” in his first full season of automotive racing.
Vosse mentioned: “He’s not a 17 years outdated child arriving from karting or Formulation four. He has quite a lot of expertise beneath his belt already.
“Sure, we should always not anticipate an excessive amount of, as a result of he’s somebody who will race for a full season on 4 wheels for the primary time in his life.
“There’s a studying curve. Most likely there will likely be some errors right here or there. There will likely be some tracks that he prefers over others, like each driver.
“However the best way he’s dealing with issues, the best way he’s getting ready himself as a prime sportsman will likely be totally different.”
Valentino Rossi, Crew WRT, Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II
Photograph by: Camilss
Vosse mentioned the crew is concentrating on podium finishes and “the remainder will come naturally”.
Although he mentioned Rossi “is aware of it’s a big problem”, the 2002 Spa 24 Hours winner believes he’s “as much as it”.
“He’s a really curious particular person, he desires to know every thing, he’s very enthusiastic about motorsport,” Vosse mentioned.
“He is aware of motorsport very properly, he is aware of the story of our sport. The combination into the crew went very easily.
As I mentioned, he’s a really humble particular person. He will get alongside very properly with everybody, particularly his two team-mates.
“He’s very humble beginning into his new chapter.
“He has quite a lot of expertise and is aware of learn how to take care of issues, particularly dealing with the strain.
“He’s somebody who desires to achieve what he’s doing. He is aware of that it’s a big problem, however he’s as much as it.”
Vosse added that the crew has gained “about 30,000 followers from all around the world” since Rossi’s transfer was confirmed.