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ABT Sportsline tackles the DTM adventure as a privateer team. The Abt-Audi TT-R developed in Kempten in record time stands hardly a chance against the factory-backed competition by Opel and Mercedes-Benz in its first year but soon becomes the fans’ favourite.

The squad causes a sensation: following initial victories in the 2001 season, Laurent Aiello and Team ABT Sportsline clinch the title in the team’s third DTM year. The Frenchman even wraps it up in a race before the finale, causing the Dutch tourist resort of Zandvoort to party all night long. 

Following four ‘privateering’ years Audi enters the DTM with a factory commitment in 2004 and ABT Sportsline becomes a factory team. The squad manages a brilliant comeback: Mattias Ekström becomes champion, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline clinches the teams’ title and Audi the manufacturers’ classification.

He did it again: Mattias Ekström clinches his second title. The spectators witness a captivating season. In the finale at Hockenheim three drivers still have chances of winning the title, including his teammate Martin Tomczyk. A third place in the race is enough for Ekström to win the championship.

The 2008 season is dominated by ABT driver Timo Scheider. The German wins his first ever DTM race at Oschersleben and celebrates the championship title win at the end of the season. Scheider, who lives in Austria, finishes eight of eleven races on podium and clinches the title in style at the finale: by winning the race.

On clinching their third consecutive title, Audi and ABT Sportsline go down in motorsport history. No other manufacturer has previously achieved a hat-trick. Again it is Timo Scheider who prevails against Mercedes star Gary Paffett in a gripping showdown at Hockenheim.

While the former long-time ABT driver Martin Tomczyk wins the drivers’ title, ABT Sportsline celebrates victory in the teams’ classification, as Mattias Ekström and Mike Rockenfeller add four wins and three further trophies to a new chapter in the squad’s success story.

Two DTM years without victories motivate ABT Sportsline to deliver top performances. Mattias Ekström can no longer be bumped from the top three spots following the first four rounds and with victories at Zandvoort and in the finale at Hockenheim secures second place overall in the drivers’ and the teams’ classifications.

 

 

Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline is teams’ champion in DTM. The teams’ classification, for the fourth time after 2004, 2007 and 2011, went to Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline with Edoardo Mortara, Mattias Ekström and Mike Rockenfeller, who stood in for the new World Rallycross Champion Ekström in the finale at Hockenheim. In spite of five victories this season, Mortara missed the drivers’ title by a very narrow four-point margin.