Audi rules 2017 Ger­man tour­ing car cham­pi­onship

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AUDI an­nounced it won all three cat­e­gories of the 2017 DTM (Deutsche Touren­wa­gen Masters), the Ger­man-based tour­ing car series, to beat ri­vals Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Audi claimed the driver, team and man­u­fac­turer cham­pi­onship ti­tles.

Team driver Rene Rast made his­tory by tak­ing the driver’s ti­tle in his rookie year, a feat last achieved 24 years ago by Ni­cola Larini.

Mr. Rast’s team, Audi Sport Team Ros­berg, also clinched the team cham­pi­onship. Founded by for­mer F1 world cham­pion Keke Ros­berg in 1994, the team has been com­pet­ing in DTM as an Audi works squad since 2006. Driv­ers who have raced for Team Ros­berg in­clude 2016 F1 world cham­pion Nico Ros­berg — the son of the team’s founder.

Audi said Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, the brand’s most suc­cess­ful group in DTM, fol­lowed Team Ros­berg to the podium. The fam­ily-owned com­pany ABT joined Abt-Audi TT-R in DTM in 2000-2003, win­ning the cham­pi­onship in 2002. In 2004, ABT Sportsline be­came an Audi fac­tory team and has since won four more DTM driver’s ti­tles — two each for Mat­tias Ek­strom and Timo Schei­der.

Audi said it also man­aged to de­fend the ti­tle in the man­u­fac­turer’s cham­pi­onship to be­come one of the most suc­cess­ful car mak­ers in DTM. It said it has notched nine driver’s, five team, and three man­u­fac­turer’s ti­tles to date.

ROOKIE driver Rene Rast (also shown on top step of podium) leads Audi’s ef­forts in DTM.

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