Besides Audi Sport Team Joest in sports prototype racing, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline is the most experienced and successful Audi factory team. In the 2016 season, the outfit headed by Hans-Jürgen Abt and Motorsport Director Thomas Biermaier is fielding a total of four Audi RS 5 DTM cars.
The family-owned company, ABT, based in the Allgäu, competed in the DTM as a privateer team with the Abt-Audi TT-R from 2000 to 2003 and in 2002 even clinched the title. In 2004, Abt Sportsline became an Audi factory-backed team and has since won four DTM drivers’ titles – twice with Mattias Ekström and twice with Timo Scheider.
Today, more than 50 employees are dedicated to the four Audi RS 5 DTM cars entered under the names of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline and Audi Sport Team Abt. To perfectly prepare the race cars, Abt opened a 2,400-square meter motorsport center in Kempten last year, which Audi uses to prepare the race cars of the new Audi Sport TT Cup as well.
In addition, the world’s leading tuner of automobiles of the Volkswagen Group provides the only German team in the new FIA Formula E Championship which Audi Sport supports by releasing factory driver Lucas di Grassi. The Brazilian won the inaugural race of the electric racing series in Beijing in September 2014 – marking another milestone in the history of ABT Sportsline that now spans 120 years.
ABT Sportsline’s extensive motorsport commitment in the 2016 season is complemented by the squad’s participation in the ADAC GT Masters.
Major successes of ABT Sportsline
1st DTM drivers’ classification: 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009 (all Audi)
1st DTM teams’ classification: 2004, 2007, 2011, 2016 (all Audi)
1st German Super Touring Car Championship: 1999 (Audi)
1st ADAC GT Masters: 2009 drivers’, 2010 teams’ classification (both Audi)
1st ADAC Formel Masters: 2009
1st ADAC Formel Junior: 1991, 1992, 1996