The family-owned ABT company based in the Allgäu has been in existence for 121 years. From 2000 to 2003, a privateer team of the company competed in the DTM with the Abt-Audi TT-R and in 2002 even clinched the title. In 2004, ABT Sportsline became an Audi factory team and has since won four more DTM drivers’ titles – twice with Mattias Ekström and twice with Timo Scheider.
In 2017, instead of fielding four cars as in the past, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline is concentrating on two Audi RS 5 DTM cars for the first time. In addition, ABT Sportsline continues to take care of the DTM race taxis for Audi. Team Director Hans-Jürgen Abt, Motorsport Director Thomas Biermaier and Team Manager Michael Seifert are responsible for the squad.
The race cars are prepared at a modern motorsport center in Kempten. At the 2,400- square meter complex, Audi also prepares the Audi Sport TT Cup race cars. The successful Formula E Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport has its base there as well.
Major successes of ABT Sportsline
1st place DTM drivers’ classification: 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009 (all Audi)
1st place DTM teams’ classification: 2004, 2007, 2011, 2016 (all Audi)
1st place German Supertouring Car Championship: 1999 (Audi)
1st place ADAC GT Masters: 2009 drivers’, 2010 teams’ classification (both Audi)
1st place ADAC Formel Masters: 2009
1st place ADAC Formel Junior: 1991, 1992, 1996