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Audi DTM squad 2015: Experienced staff for a new racing format

Audi DTM squad 2015
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A udi relies on continuity when it comes to driver personnel. The 8 DTM drivers from the previous year will also be hunting for points for the brand with the 4 rings in 2015. The goals are clear: Audi wants to defend the manufacturers 'championship title and bring the drivers' championship back to Ingolstadt.

Audi driver line-up remains unchanged in 2015

In contrast to the competition from BMW and Mercedes, no newcomers will be used in the cockpits of the 8 Audi RS5 DTM. Mattias Ekström, Miguel Molina, Edoardo Mortara and Adrien Tambay start in the Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline. Timo Scheider and Mike Rockenfeller drive for Audi Sport Team Phoenix. As usual, Jamie Green and Nico Müller are at the start for Audi Sport Team Rosberg.

The eight Audi drivers bring together know-how from 608 DTM races into the project. 38 victories in the highest German touring car league go to the common account. In a joint training camp in the Allgäu, the 8 drivers recently got fit together for the season, which starts on May 2nd with the traditional start at the Hockenheimring.

Experienced pilots have an advantage?

New this season is that there will be a race on both Saturday and Sunday. The pilots have to show their performance to the point and cannot test various settings with their engineers for long. 'More than ever in the DTM, routine and perfect daily form will be important,' said Audi DTM project manager Dieter Gass. That was certainly one of the reasons to rely on proven driver staff.

Before the first races in the Motodrom, however, there are still 3 test dates on the program - from March 2nd to 4th in Portimao (Portugal ), from March 25th to 27th in Estoril (Portugal) and from April 14th to 16th in Oschersleben. Right in the middle, on March 19, Audi will unveil the new RS5 DTM.

DTM-Audi RS5 is being built in Neuburg

This year the cars will be assembled for the first time at the Audi Motorsport base in Neuburg, which was completed six months ago. In the so-called 'Competence Center Motorsport', with an attached 3.4 kilometer long test track, the 8 DTM racers are screwed together in the direct vicinity of the Le Mans prototypes. It takes 2 weeks to put the puzzle together from 4,000 pieces. Then the cars go to the individual teams, where they are prepared for their first races.

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