Audi will compete in the 2020 DTM season with a proven driver line-up: Loïc Duval (F), Robin Frijns (NL), Jamie Green (GB), Nico Müller (CH), René Rast (D) and Mike Rockenfeller (D) were confirmed as drivers again after 2018 and 2019. The previous pairings with the three Audi Sport teams Abt Sportsline, Phoenix and Rosberg also remained unchanged as in the two previous years. In addition, there are three customer cars entered by the Belgian WRT Team Audi Sport.
After the most successful DTM season in the company’s history, with all three championship titles, twelve victories, twelve pole positions, twelve fastest laps and 40 of 54 possible podium positions, the task was pretty easy for Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “After such a great season as we completed in 2019, only the famous motto can apply: Never change a winning team! From my point of view we had by far the strongest driver squad in the DTM last year.”
The spearhead of the line-up is the reigning DTM Champion René Rast. In his first three DTM years with Audi, the German has clinched two championship titles, one runner-up title and 17 victories and is currently the driver to beat in the DTM.
Jamie Green also has 17 DTM victories to his credit. The Briton is already tackling his 16th DTM season. With 193 starts, he is the most experienced driver on the DTM grid.
With the German Mike Rockenfeller another DTM champion is on board. The Le Mans winner in 2010 and DTM Champion in 2013 has won six DTM races so far – all of them with Audi.
Nico Müller is also a multiple DTM race winner. The Swiss was René Rast’s toughest rival in the title fight last season and ultimately secured the runner-up spot in the championship.
Dutchman Robin Frijns was on the podium several times in his first two DTM years with Audi and only narrowly missed his first DTM victory at the Nürburgring in 2019.
The factory line-up of the four rings in the 2020 DTM is completed by Loïc Duval. The Frenchman looks back on his strongest DTM season to date, which he crowned with a pole position and a podium finish in the first joint “Dream Race” of the DTM and the SUPER GT in Fuji, Japan.
The breakdown into the three Audi Sport teams Abt Sportsline (Frijns/Müller), Phoenix (Duval/Rockenfeller) and Rosberg (Green/Rast) remained unchanged.
The Belgian team WRT Team Audi Sport will field three Audi RS 5 DTM cars under its own direction in 2020. With the DTM rookies Harrison Newey (Great Britain) and Fabio Scherer (Switzerland) as well as Ferdinand Habsburg (Austria), who contested his first DTM season in 2019, WRT will again give youngsters a chance.
The Audi teams in the 2020 DTM
Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline
#4 Robin Frijns (NL), Aral Ultimate Audi RS 5 DTM (Engineer: Michael Petit)
#51 Nico Müller (CH), Castrol EDGE Audi RS 5 DTM (Felix Fechner)
Audi Sport Team Phoenix
#28 Loïc Duval (F), BMC Air Filter Audi RS 5 DTM (Philipp Kluth)
#99 Mike Rockenfeller (D), Twin Busch Audi RS 5 DTM (Jamie Gomeche)
Audi Sport Team Rosberg
#33 René Rast (D), Audi Sport RS 5 DTM (Florian Rinkes)
#53 Jamie Green (GB), Akrapovič Audi RS 5 DTM (Erich Baumgärtner)
WRT Team Audi Sport
#10 Harrison Newey (GB), WRT Audi RS 5 DTM (Marc-André Côté)
#13 Fabio Scherer (CH), WRT Audi RS 5 DTM (Sébastien Viger)
#62 Ferdinand Habsburg (A), WRT Audi RS 5 DTM (Jonas Vanpachtenbeke)