Audi to withdraw from DTM after the end of the 2020 season

Audi officially announced after the DTM German Touring Car Masters end of 2020 season, Audi will withdraw from the race. Markus Duesmann, Chairman of the Management Board of Audi Motors AG: “Audi will continue to focus on motorsports and systematically enhance its competitiveness to occupy its future technological leadership position.”

After the 2020 season, Audi will withdraw from the DTM German Touring Car Masters. After considering the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the management board of Audi Automotive AG made the above decision and conducted preliminary communication with the event organizer ITR eV on Monday.

In the future, Audi Motorsport will focus on Formula E and customer racing. Formula E has been popular since its inception in 2014, and Audi has participated in the electric event throughout. Over the years, the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team has won a total of 41 trophies and was named the most successful team. Outside the race track, Audi plans to sell pure electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid models to account for about 40% of global sales by 2025.

Looking back, Audi has made great achievements in the DTM event. From 1990 to 1992 and from 2000 to the present, the Audi team has won 23 championship titles, including 11 driver championships. Along the way, Audi won 114 victories, 345 podium records, 106 pole positions and 112 fastest laps. In the 2019 season, Audi collected all three championships in the DTM event and set multiple podium records and other achievements. It is by far the most successful season in Audi history.

Du Siman, Chairman of the Management Board of Audi Motors AG, said: “Audi and DTM races grow together and achieve each other. Whether from a rational or emotional level, our cooperation fully interprets the charm of motorsport and this force Audi continued transformation and innovation, helping Audi to become very sports gene, sustainable development of electric travel offer business. To this end, we will continue to focus on motorsport, systematically enhance competitiveness, to occupy the future technology leadership. Formula E is a very attractive event. In addition, we will also discuss participating in other forms of motorsport in the future.”

In the 2020 season, Audi hopes to continue to perform brilliantly, achieve a defending title, and bid farewell to DTM fans with a Grand Slam. “We sincerely hope that the current epidemic situation will be improved as soon as possible, so that Audi can continue to compete for the remaining rounds of the season,” said Hans- Joachim Rothenpieler, director of technology research and development at Audi Motor Co. The news allows our drivers, teams and partners to prepare well for the future before the end of the 2020 season. Motorsports with a brilliant record will remain an indispensable and important part of Audi ’s genes.”

Author: Nabeel K

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