Audi Locked Out All Three DTM Titles This Season

Racing doesn’t get much more competitive than Germany’s DTM series, and this year it’s Audi that has come out on top – across the board.

Heading into the final round this weekend at Hockenheim, Audi had already secured the manufacturers’ title, and with Team Rosberg, the teams’ championship as well. And in the final race, rookie driver René Rast took the drivers title – also in an Audi.

Rast outperformed three other Audi drivers to take the championship, including Mattias Ekström whose seat he temporarily filled at last year’s season finale. This being his first full season, though, Rast became only the seventh driver to win the DTM championship in his rookie year – the last having been Nicola Larini over two decades ago.

It’s an especially auspicious victory for Audi this year, which just shut down its LMP1 program last season. Next year will be the last season in which the three major German automakers will compete before Mercedes withdraws from the series.

“Today, we secured the drivers’ championship for Audi – that was our big aim.” said Audi Motorsport chief Dieter Gass. “The manufacturers’ and teams’ championships are assured as well. You can’t do any better than that.”

This marks the first time in 13 years that Audi has won all three titles in the same season of DTM racing. It won the constructors’ championship last season, and both the drivers’ and teams’ titles in 2013. With 13 championships to BMW’s 9 and Audi’s 4 (and 176 race wins to Audi’s 77 and BMW’s 69), Mercedes will still leave the series as the most dominant force in German touring car racing.

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  • LWOAP

    Better luck next time.

  • Bash

    What is that symbol on the plate number? (i love what??)

    • Alban Gojani

      “Deutsche Post” logo. One of the sponsors of DTM.

      • Bash

        Thanks

  • Hockeyman

    Wouh, Audi really dominated a whole season/points.

  • Vassilis

    Uhm, actually, racing does get much more competitive than DTM. Check out the Aussie Supercars.

  • fabri99

    It was a great season and I wouldn’t say Audi was so dominant until the very end. It’s sad to see Mercedes go in 2019, they were making progress this year and some of their drivers really had the pace (Lucas Auer especially). I hope someone else (Alfa, maybe, or even Volvo) will fill that gap for 2019, because it really wouldn’t make sense to only have BMWs and Audis in DTM.

    • botornot387

      i wish jaguar would enter into to DTM. they would be an awesome opponent to see in this series. DTM is actually really great to watch compared to other racing series.

      • fabri99

        What about bringing back Alfa with the new Giulia? I don’t believe anyone who says they haven’t dreamt about it.

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