Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline is the longest-serving and most successful Audi team in the DTM. Five driver titles, four team titles and 55 victories were collected by the Allgäu-based team – all with Audi.
The family-owned company ABT Sportsline and Audi have been successful partners since the joint super touring car era at the end of the 1990s. It was also the team from Kempten that paved Audi’s way back into the DTM at the beginning of the new millennium with an Abt-Audi TT-R entered under its own management. In 2004, the team became the Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline.
2020 is the 21st season of team Abt with Audi in the DTM. With a little more luck, the squad around team owner Hans-Jürgen Abt and CEO Thomas Biermaier could have won two more DTM drivers’ titles. In the 2016 season only four points were missing from the title, in 2017 only three. “Missing the title twice in a row, each time in the last race by a very narrow margin, hurt very much,” says Biermaier.
Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline has repositioned itself in many areas since 2018. During the 2019 DTM season its rejuvenated technical squad has finally grown together and achieved second place in the team classification. Driver Nico Müller finished second in the individual classification. “For our next title wins we have to work even more specifically in qualifying and even more perfectly during the pit stops,” says Biermaier.
Since October 2019 the former sports director at ABT Sportsline has been the managing director for motor sports and tuning. At the race track Biermaier now concentrates on the DTM project as team director. Head of Technology Florian Modlinger has also taken over the position of Director of Operations. With Robin Frijns and Nico Müller Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline continues to field the youngest DTM driver duo of the Audi factory teams.
Parallel to the DTM, ABT Sportsline has also been Audi’s partner in the electric racing series Formula E since 2014 and has won two championship titles there so far. ABT Sportsline is also planning to enter the new electric racing series Extreme E, the new project of Formula E founder Alejandro Agag.
Most important successes of ABT Sportsline
1st place DTM drivers’ championship: 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009 (all Audi)
1st place DTM team classification: 2004, 2007, 2011, 2016 (all Audi)
1st place Formula E Drivers’ Championship: 2016/2017
1st place Formula E team classification: 2017/2018 (Audi)
1st place German Super Touring Car Championship: 1999 (Audi)
1st place ADAC GT Masters: 2009 drivers, 2010 teams (both Audi)
1st place ADAC Formula Masters: 2009
1st place ADAC Formula Junior: 1991, 1992, 1996