Audi has announced that it will no longer be competing in DTM from 2021. It’s time to look back on some memorable years together, a strong partnership and all the ups and downs in between.
2006 was the start of a new journey for us. After spending six seasons with Opel, we became part of the Audi family and immediately felt right at home in partnership with the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer. It was the start of a successful and emotional period of the team’s history.
We were always fighting for points, podiums and wins with special people, and sharing all the highs and lows that come with competitive motorsport.
We still love to look back on stories such as Alex Prémat’s final-lap disappointment at Zandvoort in 2007, his horror crash at Adria International Raceway in 2010 or Oliver Jarvis’ maiden podium at Hockenheim in 2009. The first five years with Audi certainly packed a punch!
Then came 2011: Martin Tomczyk joined as a new member of the team, as we continued to run last year’s version of the Audi A4 DTM. On paper it was an uphill task, but in the end it proved to be the perfect recipe for success in the drivers’ championship.
The next triumph came just two years later. The Schaeffler-liveried Audi RS5 DTM proved unstoppable and enabled Mike Rockenfeller to secure the drivers’ championship. Two titles in three years wasn’t a bad return at all!
The excitement didn’t stop for the next few years either, as we fought for victory as part of the Audi family. Setbacks were part of the story too, such as the “Push him out” scandal involving our driver Timo Scheider, but now they bring a smile to our faces. In the end it was a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs that made the journey so unforgettable.
We would like to thank Audi and everyone who contributed to writing this valuable chapter in the Phoenix Racing story.