Even on making its first appearance in the DTM at the beginning of the nineties, Audi Sport left a lasting impression. In an Audi V8 quattro, that was huge by touring car standards, Hans-Joachim Stuck and Frank Biela immediately clinched the DTM title twice in succession for Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm.
Following the DTM’s comeback in 2000, Team Abt Sportsline, with a coupé the squad had independently developed based on the Audi TT, caused a stir in 2002. Laurent Aiello sensationally won against the factory-backed teams of Mercedes-Benz and Opel, and clinched the third DTM title for Audi.
The return of the four rings to the DTM with a factory-backed commitment was successful as well. In 2004, Mattias Ekström in the new Audi A4 DTM won the championship and the manufacturers’ and teams’ classifications went to Audi, too.
With a track record of five drivers’ titles in only eight years, the A4 DTM has been Audi’s most successful DTM race car to date. On winning three consecutive titles from 2007 to 2009, Mattias Ekström and Timo Scheider achieved the only title hat-trick of an automobile manufacturer in the racing series to date. In 2011, the last year of the A4 DTM, Martin Tomczyk clinched another DTM title for Audi.
In 2013, Mike Rockenfeller secured the first title of the new Audi RS 5 DTM. In 2015 and 2016, it was the car to be beaten, Audi having won ten out of 18 races with the RS 5 DTM. Last year, Audi secured the manufacturers’ title in the DTM for the third time.