Audi looks back on a successful DTM past. With all three championship titles, numerous podium positions and many other records, 2019 was the most successful season in the history of the DTM to date.
Audi Sport made a lasting impression as early as at its first appearance in the DTM at the beginning of the 1990s: With the Audi V8 quattro, which was huge for a touring car, Hans-Joachim Stuck and Frank Biela immediately clinched the DTM title twice in a row.
After the DTM’s comeback in 2000, the Abt Sportsline team caused a sensation in 2002 with a coupé based on the Audi TT developed in-house. Laurent Aiello achieved a sensation: He prevailed against the factory teams of Mercedes-Benz and Opel and clinched the third DTM title for Audi.
The factory return of the Four Rings to the DTM was also crowned with success: Mattias Ekström won the championship in 2004 with the new Audi A4 DTM. The manufacturers’ and teams’ titles also went to Audi. With five driver titles in just eight years, the A4 DTM is still Audi’s most successful DTM racing car today. Mattias Ekström and Timo Scheider clinched three consecutive titles with the A4 DTM in 2007, 2008 and 2009, making it the only title hat-trick by an automobile manufacturer in the racing series to date. In the final year of the A4 DTM, Martin Tomczyk won another DTM title for Audi in 2011.
With the Audi RS 5 DTM, Audi is continuing its success story in the DTM. From 2013 to 2019, 107 races saw 47 victories, 37 pole positions and 54 fastest race laps. Mike Rockenfeller clinched the ninth DTM drivers’ title for Audi in 2013, René Rast sensationally clinched title number ten as rookie in 2017. In 2018, Audi celebrated its 100th race win in the DTM. In addition, René Rast made DTM history with Audi: As the first DTM driver, he clinched six consecutive victories.
In 2019, the DTM started its first year with the new turbo engines. For the brand with the four rings it was a tailor-made start into the new era of the series. For the third time in its DTM history Audi won all three titles in the drivers’, manufacturers’ and team classifications. Twelve victories, twelve pole positions, twelve fastest laps and 40 of 54 possible podium positions underscore the most successful DTM season in the company’s history.
A major factor in this success was René Rast. The Audi driver won his second DTM title with a 72-point advantage, the biggest in DTM history. In 2019, Rast started from the front row 13 times and from pole position eight times. Rast is also the first driver to clinch the title twice in his first three years in the DTM.
The best Audi drivers in the DTM
1990 Hans-Joachim Stuck (Champion)
1991 Frank Biela (Champion)
1992 Frank Biela (15th place)
2000 Laurent Aiello (16th place)
2001 Laurent Aiello (5th place)
2002 Laurent Aiello (Champion)
2003 Mattias Ekström (4th place)
2004 Mattias Ekström (Champion)
2005 Mattias Ekström (2nd place)
2006 Tom Kristensen (3rd place)
2007 Mattias Ekström (Champion)
2008 Timo Scheider (Champion)
2009 Timo Scheider (Champion)
2010 Timo Scheider (4th place)
2011 Martin Tomczyk (Champion)
2012 Mike Rockenfeller (4th place)
2013 Mike Rockenfeller (Champion)
2014 Mattias Ekström (2nd place)
2015 Jamie Green (2nd place)
2016 Edoardo Mortara (2nd place)
2017 René Rast (Champion)
2018 René Rast (2nd place)
2019 René Rast (champion)
Facts and figures on Audi’s commitment in the DTM
Drivers’ championship titles: 12 (1990, 1991, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2017, 2019, 2020)
Manufacturers’ champion titles: 6 (2004, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020)
Teams’ championship titles: 8 (2004, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020)
Drivers’ title hat-tricks: 1 (2007, 2008, 2009)
Title triple (drivers, manufacturers, teams): 4 (2004, 2017, 2019, 2020)
Years: 24 (1990–1992, 2000–2020)
Races: 328 (335 including starts by private drivers before 1990)
Pole Positions: 123
Fastest laps: 128
Vehicle types: 5 (V8, TT, A4, A5, RS 5)