Timo Scheider announces departure from DTM after 2016

Having competed in the sport since 2000 Timo Scheider is to leave the DTM Series to focus on other projects.

Scheider has spent the past eleven years with Audi Motorsport and in that time has won the championship twice – in 2008 and 2009 – and has claimed seven victories along the way.

“We celebrated many sweet successes together,” commented Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich.

“The highlights, no doubt, were his two DTM titles and his first victory in the DTM at Oschersleben in 2008. Scheider during this long period of time became a true Audian who has many fans. He’s been a team player at all times and will always be linked to Audi’s successful motorsport history.”

The final race at the Hockenheimring this weekend marks Scheider’s 181st race in the championship, with the track being a special place for the German as it was where he made his debut, claimed both his titles and took his last victory to-date in 2015.

“I would have liked to keep racing in the DTM,” said Scheider. “My heart will continue to beat for the DTM. I have a number of other exciting projects I’m going to dedicate more time to in the future. They include my own teams in kart racing and in Formula 4.

“But the race driver Timo Scheider will continue to exist as well – whether in rallycross or in other categories still remains to be seen.”