2019 was supposed to ring in a new era with the Class 1 regulation in the DTM, however after two years it’s already come to an end. This doesn’t mean we didn’t get to experience all sorts of things, celebrate successes or face defeats. We at Phoenix Racing agree that the DTM with all its different aspects has had an immense impact on us and our team and provided unforgettable anecdotes.
The turbo engine era was shorter than expected, but certainly wasn’t less impressive. Several well-known names – manufacturers as well as drivers – followed the roar of the 600 PS racing cars. And so, Aston Martin was added to the 2019 championship. Big motorsport names such as Andrea Dovizioso, Robert Kubica and Jenson Button competed as guest drivers.
The latter was part of a special highlight: The Super GT competed in the 2019 season’s finale at the Hockenheimring with a car each from Nissan, Honda and Lexus and shortly afterwards, the DTM went to Japan, where strengths continued to be measured at the Dream Race in Fuji and Loïc in particular was able to prove his skills.
However, we also celebrated many DTM successes with the Class 1 cars on European soil and above all we were able to stay jubilant at the TT Circuit Assen – the Dutch track appeared on the calendar with the new regulation and proved to be a good location. Rocky was able to jump for joy after his first victory of the season on the opening weekend and 2020 saw Loïc standing on the rostrum. We also enjoyed an off-track guest appearance in Assen, when we were allowed to drive a few rounds through the Dutch town in our Audi RS 5 DTM.
Another highlight occurred during the new Turbo era: the 500th DTM race. We found the race at the Lausitzring doubly memorable. Not only could we take part in this milestone, we also got to cheer together with Rocky on the podium! At the same time, Audi prematurely wrapped up the manufacturers’ title, an achievement that the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer repeated in 2020 – and our third place in the team rankings contributed to this success yet again.
“Audi has dominated the Class 1 touring car period. Of course, we’re very proud to be a part of this history and the Audi family”, says Team Principal Ernst Moser. “The DTM has always offered racing on the highest of all levels and has had a lasting influence on our team’s development. We aim to continue working at this level in the future.”