Basically, there is a clear distribution of tasks in Audi’s DTM team. Audi Sport develops the race cars and Audi Sport Teams Abt Sportsline, Phoenix and Rosberg field them – an arrangement that has proved successful for years.
“DTM is a team sport,” says Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport. “Without teamwork you have no chance. That’s why we emphasize team spirit and permanent exchange.” For instance, engineers of the teams are involved in the development tests of the Audi RS 5 DTM. And obviously the teams are fully supported by Audi Sport – technically, logistically and strategically – on the race weekends.
Experience is a crucial factor in the DTM. That is why Audi Sport has been relying on the same proven race teams in the internationally popular touring car racing series for years. Abt Sportsline and Audi have been successful partners ever since their joint days in super touring car racing at the end of the nineteen-nineties. The squad of Hans-Jürgen Abt also paved Audi’s way back into the DTM on independently fielding an Abt-Audi TT-R at the beginning of the new millennium. In 2004, Abt became Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, now tackling its twelfth DTM season as an Audi factory team.
After Audi Sport Team Joest began to fully concentrate on prototype racing and the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2006, Audi Sport secured the services of two other German race teams. Since 2006, the renowned German Audi Sport Teams Phoenix and Rosberg have been completing the Audi line-up in the DTM. Initially, both teams fielded previous-specification cars and, since the new DTM regulations were introduced in 2012, have been racing with identical material and enjoying ‘equal rights’ in every respect.
Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline has won the prestigious DTM drivers’ title four times since 2004 (2004, 2007, 2008, 2009) and Audi Sport Team Phoenix has done so twice (2011, 2013). The best season for Audi Sport Team Rosberg to date has been 2012 with two victories. For 2015, all three Audi Sport teams have the same aim: to clinch the next DTM title for Audi.