Six of the seven race weekends in the 2017 Audi Sport TT Cup are held as part of the supporting program of the DTM – the most popular motorsport platform in Germany and one of the most prestigious racing series worldwide.
The three leading German premium manufacturers – Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz – are involved in the DTM. More than 68,000 spectators on average attended the races in the 2016 season. The DTM can be seen worldwide live or in replay, and in Germany by the public broadcaster ARD.
The heart of the DTM beats in Germany, with venues including Hockenheim, the Norisring and the Nürburgring. The series is internationally renowned with the fans and media as well. 2017 will see drivers from 10 nations on the grid. In addition to five race weekends in Germany, there will be rounds in Austria, Hungary, the Netherlands and Russia.
Audi has been involved in the DTM with a factory-backed commitment since 2004 and since then has been the DTM champion six times: Mattias Ekström (2004 and 2007), Timo Scheider (2008 and 2009), Martin Tomczyk (2011) and Mike Rockenfeller (2013) clinched the title. Having scored three consecutive championship titles in 2007, 2008 and 2009, Audi is also the first and so far only manufacturer in the DTM to have achieved a title hat-trick.
The Audi Sport TT Cup allows young racers to enter this platform. Those in charge within the DTM take notice of them, whilst the juniors from Audi’s one-make cup share press dates, VIP events and autograph sessions with the DTM stars time and again. The appearance in front of a large audience is a special experience for the Audi Sport TT Cup drivers. Hardly any other entry-level one-make cup is contested on such a high-profile racing stage.