Audi Sport teams ready for DTM start

DTM

  • DTM season opens at Hockenheim this weekend
  • ABT Sportsline, Phoenix and Rosberg optimally prepared
  • Dieter Gass: “Teamwork key to success”

Audi Sport did its homework. The eight Audi drivers are in perfect shape. And the Audi Sport teams are ready for the new DTM season that begins at Hockenheim this weekend as well.

Anyone having to lift a DTM wheel weighing some 20 kilograms or control a power wrench at a speed of 18,000 revolutions per minute to loosen the wheel nut with a force of 2,000 newton meters has to be in top physical shape. That’s why Audi Sport Team Rosberg has its own gym at which a fitness coach trains the mechanics twice a week. The team from Neustadt an der Weinstraße is proud of a DYI pit stop simulator based on a Piaggio van sporting the look of the Audi RS 5 DTM and nicknamed “Marianne.”

“We enlarged our engineering office last winter,” says Arno Zensen, Team Director of Audi Sport Team Rosberg. “By hiring new employees, we received new impulses and have optimized our work and quality processes. Plus, we purchased new equipment that makes even more precise measurements possible and saves time – this is particularly important in view of the DTM’s current format.”

The people at Phoenix Racing in Meuspath looked for optimization potential in winter as well. The result is a leaner structure with shorter decision-making processes. “We’re in a better position than we were last year,” Ernst Moser, Team Director of Audi Sport Team Phoenix, is convinced. In recent days and weeks, his squad spent a lot of time internalizing the processes of a DTM weekend and to correctly interpret the most recent changes to the regulations.

“We have strong teams and all of them are able to win races and the championship,” says Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport. “Teamwork is a very important factor. We constantly exchange information and every team has access to the data of all eight cars. In view of the extreme competitiveness in the DTM, that’s our key to success.”