2016 marks the 20th DTM season for Audi. Its track record to date is impressive. An amazing nine times a DTM Champion has won under the banner of the four rings.
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.
In 2013, Mike Rockenfeller secured the first title of the new Audi RS 5 DTM. In total, five of the last eight DTM Champions wore the red rhomb, Audi Sport’s logo, on their chest.
On six of the eight current DTM race tracks, Audi holds the track record for qualifying or the race. Only on the Hungaroring, Audi has not yet entered its name on the winners’ list.
The best Audi drivers in the DTM
1990 Hans-Joachim Stuck (Champion)
1991 Frank Biela (Champion)
1992 Frank Biela (15th)
2000 Laurent Aiello (16th)
2001 Laurent Aiello (5th)
2002 Laurent Aiello (Champion)
2003 Mattias Ekström (4th)
2004 Mattias Ekström (Champion)
2005 Mattias Ekström (2nd)
2006 Tom Kristensen (3rd)
2007 Mattias Ekström (Champion)
2008 Timo Scheider (Champion)
2009 Timo Scheider (Champion)
2010 Timo Scheider (4th)
2011 Martin Tomczyk (Champion)
2012 Mike Rockenfeller (4th)
2013 Mike Rockenfeller (Champion)
2014 Mattias Ekström (2nd)
2015 Jamie Green (2nd)
Facts and figures about Audi’s commitment in the DTM
Drivers’ championship titles: 9 (1990, 1991, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013)
Manufacturers’ championship titles: 2 (2004, 2014)
Drivers’ title hat-tricks: 1 (2007, 2008, 2009)
Years: 20 (1990-1992, 2000-2016)
Pole positions: 86
Fastest laps: 81
Vehicle models: 5
As at after round 16 of the 2016 season at the Hungaroring