DTM 2015 PROJECT: Audi Sport celebrates its 2014 DTM Manufacturers' title. Will the team make it two-in-a-row in 2015. Image: Audi Sport
• 10 weeks to first DTM race
• Eight Audi RS 5 DTM cars
• Same driver line-up
INGOLSTADT, Germany– Audi has ten weeks left before its ‘DTM 2015’ project begins in earnest when the first of 18 races in the German Touring Car season starts at the Hockenheimring in May.
Audi’s mission for 2015 - Defend its Manufacturers’ title and return the Drivers’ title back to Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm.
Audi Sport DTM project leader, Dieter Gass, said: “It’s the first DTM weekend to feature the new format we’re all very excited about and that we’re going to continue to intensively prepare for in the next ten weeks.
"More than ever before, well-practiced routines and perfect form on the day will be crucial – and now not just in one but in two races per weekend.”
SAME DRIVER LINE-UP
Audi will be the only manufacturer to tackle the series with an unchanged driver line-up and has retained the allocation of drivers to its teams from 2014.
Audi Team Abt Sportsline - Mattias Ekstrom, Miguel Molina, Edoardo Mortara and Adrien Tambay.
Audi Team Rosberg - Jamie Green and Nico Müller
Audi Team Phoenix - Timo Scheider and Mike Rockenfeller
The eight drivers combined have completed 608 DTM races. They have won 38 DTM races and five titles. The drivers have completed training at Audi Sport’s Winter Camp in the Allgau, Germany.
Two test cars will be used at Portimao, Portugal from March 2 to 4 2015, with Ekstrom, Muller and Rockenfeller at the wheel.
RS5 DTM TO BE UNVEILED
The first new Audi RS 5 DTM, sporting the 2015 livery, will be unveiled by on March 19. The subsequent official DTM tests at Estoril, Portugal (March 25-27) will see the Green, Molina, Rockenfeller and Tambay on track. The tests at Oschersleben, Germany from April 14-16, will see the RS 5 DTM cars of Ekstrom, Mortara, Müller and Scheider on track.
For the first time, teams are assembling the eight race cars for the 2015 season based on the 2014 monocoque and components at the new Competence Center Motorsport in Neuburg. It takes two weeks to complete an RS 5 DTM consisting of 4000 parts. Following the tests at Estoril and Oschersleben, teams will prepare cars in Kempten, Meuspath and Neustadt for the season opener at Hockenheim.
Tickets for the DTM 2015 project are available at www.audi-motorsport.com.