Audi successfully defends DTM title

After Hockenheim win, Timo Scheider clinches first DTM title . . . Mattias Ekström secured third place overall . . . DTM title crowns AUDI AG’s most successful motorsport year

Ingolstadt/Hockenheim – The most extensive motorsport programme in the history of AUDI AG is now the most successful one as well: following the triumph at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the title wins at the Le Mans series in North America and Europe, Timo Scheider with a victory at the finale at Hockenheim also secured the title in the DTM. This means that, for the first time since 1990/1991, Audi successfully defended the title in the most popular international touring car racing series. In addition, with eight pole positions and six victories, the new Audi A4 DTM in its debut year was the most successful car of the season and superior to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

“Sincere congratulations to Timo Scheider and the entire Audi squad. With his strong performance, his consistency and his strong nerves, Timo is a worthy champion, who thrilled the fans this season,” said Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, who watched the gripping finale at Hockenheim from the garage of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline.

“This triumph in the DTM crowns what has been a successful motorsport year for Audi anyhow, in which – in addition to victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans – we were able to celebrate the titles in the American Le Mans Series and the European-based Le Mans Series. During the course of the year and particularly here at Hockenheim, Timo and Paul di Resta delivered thrilling, top-calibre motorsport.

This makes us all the happier about our triumph in front of this impressive turnout at the finale. The Audi A4 was unbeatable during this DTM season and led the standings from the first to the last race. We’re already looking forward to the opportunity of defending the title in the next season.”

In front of a record crowd of 165,000 spectators Timo Scheider held up to the pressure of his rival Paul di Resta. With an absolutely flawless drive he impressively clinched the first DTM title in his career. With a perfect start Timo Scheider already decided the duel against Paul di Resta in his favour. The Audi driver overtook his rival for the title and afterwards managed to keep him at bay, although Scheider had to do with one set of fresh tyres less in the race than di Resta.

Pit stops – performed as quickly as usual – and a perfect strategy enabled Scheider to drive freely throughout the race and, in the end, cross the finish line as the cheerfully celebrated victor and new DTM Champion with a 3.062-second lead.

But the squad of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline performed a major feat across the board. After Scheider had very heavily hit a kerb with the base plate of the engine in Saturday’s qualifying, causing his GW:plus/Top Service Audi A4 DTM to jump five metres, the mechanics completely dismantled the car and also changed the engine for safety reasons – which is permitted in the DTM once per year without any penalty – and completely re-assembled the car by working into the early morning hours. At 3:45 a.m. the A4 was back on its wheels. Less than twelve hours later, Scheider clinched the champion’s title in it.

The second-best Audi driver at Hockenheim was Tom Kristensen, who made an impressive recovery from seventh to fifth place and, in the final phase, even caught the three Mercedes cars of Paul di Resta, Jamie Green and Bruno Spengler who were running in front of him.

With seventh place in the race, last year’s champion Mattias Ekström secured third place in the overall classification. The Swede, who had started from pole position, gave way to his team-mate Timo Scheider straight after the start and on the first lap dropped to fourth place due to a tussle with Paul di Resta and Jamie Green. Later, a stop-and-go penalty was imposed against the Swede because his Red Bull Audi A4 DTM was not standing precisely on its grid position.

With Martin Tomczyk finishing eighth, all four drivers of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline scored points at the finale.

As in qualifying, Mike Rockenfeller, who finished ninth, was the best driver of a car from last year. Oliver Jarvis and Alexandre Prémat occupied places ten and 13. Markus Winkelhock and Christijan Albers on the second lap became the victims of a failed attack by Mercedes driver Mathias Lauda. Katherine Legge damaged her A4 in a collision with Susie Stoddart.

The results at Hockenheim

1 Timo Scheider (GW:plus/Top Service Audi A4 DTM) 37 laps in 59m 01.290s
2 Paul di Resta (Mercedes) + 3.062s
3 Jamie Green (Mercedes) + 3.549s
4 Bruno Spengler (Mercedes) + 4.293s
5 Tom Kristensen (Audi A4 DTM) + 4.734s
6 Bernd Schneider (Mercedes) + 15.300s
7 Mattias Ekström (Red Bull Audi A4 DTM) + 19.839s
8 Martin Tomczyk (Red Bull Audi A4 DTM) + 20.635s
9 Mike Rockenfeller (S line Audi A4 DTM) + 37.154s
10 Oliver Jarvis (Best Buddies Audi A4 DTM) + 44.263s
11 Gary Paffett (Mercedes) + 54.135s
12 Maro Engel (Mercedes) + 54.542s
13 Alexandre Prémat (Audi Bank Audi A4 DTM) + 1m 04.597s
14 Ralf Schumacher (Mercedes) + 1m 05.432s
Not classified:
Katherine Legge (Audi A4 DTM) – 11 laps (accident)
Mathias Lauda (Mercedes) – 35 laps
Markus Winkelhock (Playboy Audi A4 DTM) – 35 laps (accident)
Susie Stoddart (Mercedes) – 35 laps
Christijan Albers (Audi A4 DTM) – 35 laps (accident)