Audi Sport will be the only manufacture going into the 2015 DTM season with an unchanged driver line up, with the Neuburg-based manufacture sighting one main aim in 2015: to defend the manufacturers’ title and bring the drivers’ title back home to Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm.
For 2015 the manufacture will again field Swede Mattias Ekström, Spaniard Miguel Molina, Edoardo Mortara of Italy and Frenchman Adrien Tambay at Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, with their other four drivers: Timo Scheider, Mike Rockenfeller and Jamie Green, Nico Müller racing at Audi Sport Team Phoenix and Audi Sport Team Rosberg respectively.
With the traditional Audi Sport Fitness Camp in the Allgau now finished, Ekström, Müller and Rockenfeller now turn their focus to testing the 2015 spec Audi RS 5 DTM, with two cars set to test at Portimão between March 2-4.
The subsequent official DTM tests at Estoril (March 25-27) will see the cars of Green, Molina, Rockenfeller and Tambay on track, with the test at Oschersleben (April 14 to 16) seeing the RS 5’s of Ekström, Mortara, Müller and Scheider running.
“It’s the first DTM weekend to feature the new format we’re all very excited about and that we’re going to continue to intensively prepare for in the next ten weeks,” said Dieter Gass, Project Leader DTM at Audi Sport. “More than ever before, well-practiced routines and perfect form on the day will be crucial – and now not just in one but in two races per weekend.”
Following the tests at Estoril and Oschersleben, the three teams will be taking over their race cars to prepare them in Kempten, Meuspath and Neustadt for the season opener at Hockenheim, which takes place on May1-3.