Essen, November 27, 2003
The last works involvement by AUDI AG in the DTM dates back more than
ten years: Between 1990 and 1992, the Audi V8 quattro had the measure
of everything in the German Touring Car Championship, at that time Audi
won the DTM title twice in succession. In 2002, the Audi customer team
Abt Sportsline won another DTM championship for Audi with the compact
Coupé based on the Audi TT. As for the works re-entry to the 2004 DTM is
concerned, the target for the sporting premium marque is almost self-
explanatory: “We want to fight for the title,” reads the motto of Dr Wolfgang
Ullrich, Head of Audi Sport.
The basis required for this is created at Audi Sport in Ingolstadt and
Neckarsulm, where the DTM race version of the Audi A4 is developed. At
the same time, Dr Ullrich has assembled a really high-caliber team,
recruited from proven members of the successful Audi sportscar
programme and DTM-experienced staff.
The Audi driver line-up for the 2004 DTM is also a spectacular mix of the
marque’s current sportscar and touring car drivers forming a real “dream
Christian Abt (36), German Super Touring Car Champion from 1999, the
former Swedish Touring Car Champion Mattias Ekström (25) and former
junior Martin Tomczyk (21) already competed in the DTM for Team Abt
Sportsline. The 2002 DTM championship winning team is completed by
the five-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen (36). “Europe’s most
demanding touring car series is a great challenge,” says the Dane.