Audi secured an early win of the manufacturers’ championship in the popular touring car racing series at the Lausitzring and is thus the first champion in the new turbo era. Four races before the end of the season, the brand with the ‘Four Rings’ sits in the top spot out of reach of its rivals.
Following the one-two-three success last week, Audi, in the 500th DTM race, achieved a five-fold triumph. At the same time, all eight Audi RS 5 DTM cars finished in the top nine spots. The brand, for the second time this season, scored the maximum possible number of points in the championship. In addition, Audi is the first manufacturer to have managed the feat of deciding both races of a weekend in its favour in the new turbo era.
“Audi has now won three of the last four manufacturers’ titles in the DTM,” said Dieter Gass, head of Audi Motorsport. “That’s a strong performance and shows the high level our entire squad has been working on for years. This includes our drivers, our teams, our partners and every individual involved in the DTM project.
“Clinching the manufacturers’ title so early and with such a big advantage shows that we’ve simply been delivering a mega season so far. I think that even four races before the end of the season, it’s fair for us to say that our Audi RS 5 DTM has been the car to beat this year and that we’ve also built an extremely strong and efficient engine.”