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 coupe 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.
With the Audi RS 5 DTM Audi is continuing its success story in the DTM. Since 2013, the brand has achieved 32 victories, 26 pole positions and 42 fastest race laps in 73 races. Mike Rockenfeller, in 2013, clinched the ninth DTM drivers’ title for Audi and René Rast, in 2017, as a rookie sensationally won title number ten.
In 2017, for the second time after 2004, the company won all three DTM titles. With positions one to four in the drivers’ classification it has been Audi’s most successful season in the DTM to date.
In the 2018 season, Audi is targeting further championship titles, its 100th race win, 300th podium, 100th fastest race lap and 100th pole position.