The DTM highlights of the Audi Team Directors

The DTM highlights of the Audi Team Directors

19.08.2019: Thomas Biermaier, Team Director of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, mentions a Norisring race as his most defining DTM moment, too: “That was in 2002, when Laurent Aiello overtook Bernd Schneider in the last tur

Thomas Biermaier, Team Director of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, mentions a Norisring race as his most defining DTM moment, too: “That was in 2002, when Laurent Aiello overtook Bernd Schneider in the last turn. Before this race, I’d slipped into the role of team manager and the pressure was very high.



But with good pit stops and victory, the risk paid off for me and, as a result, in a way marked the beginning of my career path with ABT. Besides many other moments, our first championship title in 2002, at Zandvoort, was unforgettable as well.”



Ernst Moser from Audi Sport Team Phoenix describes Valencia 2011 as his personal DTM highlight: “Martin Tomczyk in a previous-generation car and the newly entered sponsor Schaeffler clinched the title early in the penultimate race with a dream season.



Also, the cars lined up on the grids at Hockenheim and at the Norisring in front of a full house are always particularly impressive moments for me – that used to and continues to produce goose bumps galore and makes me proud to be part of the DTM.”



Arno Zensen, Team Director of Audi Sport Team Rosberg, looks back even further:
“I’ll never forget my first race as DTM Team Director in 1995, at Hockenheim. In Klaus Ludwig and Keke Rosberg we had a dream team and I was worried that we might soon be ridiculed as a show squad. But right in the first race, in third position, we clinched a podium.



Incredible of course was the fact that in 2017, with a 21-point deficit, we traveled to the finale at Hockenheim and, with our rookie, René Rast, we also won the drivers’ title in addition to the teams’ title. That experience, after having to compete with previous-generation cars in the DTM for many years, was awesome.”





Before the 500th DTM race on Sunday, championship points will also be awarded at the Lausitzring on Saturday. Both races, as usual, will start at 1.30 PM, German TV channel SAT.1 will start airing live coverage from the Lausitzring on Saturday and Sunday starting at 1 PM (CEST). The race track is located some 120 kilometers south of Berlin. Tickets for the event are available online at www.audi.com/dtm.

 

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