M Mercedes, Audi and BMW will be competing in the DTM with a slimmed-down driver squad in 2017. Each manufacturer nominates only six instead of eight pilots. Audi holds its two DTM champions Mike Rockenfeller and Mattias Ekström. In addition, as in the previous season, Nico Müller and Jamie Green are driving an RS5.
Duval and Rast have been famous for years
Loic Duval and René Rast are new to Audi's DTM squad. But Adrien Tambay and Miguel Molina lose their cockpit. Just like Timo Scheider, whom Audi had already sorted out before the season finale in Hockenheim. Edoardo Mortara's move was known for a long time. The Italo-Swiss, who narrowly lost the title in the touring car series to Marco Wittmann in 2016, is joining Mercedes.
With Duval and Rast, Audi is bringing two well-known drivers into its DTM line-up. Both had been on the road for the brand with the four rings for years. Duval drove for Audi in the WEC from 2012 to 2016. He achieved his greatest triumph by winning the Le Mans 24h race in 2013 and winning the World Sports Car Championship in the same year. Audi pulled the plug on the WEC program at the end of October.
Rast was active in the sports car world championship for G Drive Racing in 2016. Audi has put the 30-year-old behind the wheel of the R8 LMS for years. Rast sniffed DTM air during three outings in the past season. In Hockenheim he picked up eight championship points in sixth place. In the other two races he did not make it into the top ten. Both Duval and Rast were already testing for Audi in Jerez with a view to 2017. Audi has not yet revealed which teams the six drivers will be allocated to. You take your time until next year.