|Audi’s DTM is preparing for the new DTM season with the drivers’ conditioning and mandatory training programs.|
Under the direction of Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen and supervision of team physician Dr. Vincenzo Tota, the six DTM drivers spent a week of training involving a large variety of activities. Together with their fellow drivers from Formula E, the team principals and Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass they traveled to Club La Santa in Lanzarote, a facility which is popular as a training camp with professional athletes from around the world. Audi also used the week to bind the DTM team together before the new season.
Which Audi driver will be racing in which team in the 2018 DTM, following last year’s successful season, had not been decided before their joint week in Lanzarote. Audi opted for consistency in this respect. The four-ring marque won all three DTM titles last season, plus the top four spots in the drivers’ classification. Only one change in the successful squad in the new season, where rookie Robin Frijns will take over Mattias Ekström’s cockpit at ABT. Frijns will be the new teammate of Nico Müller in Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline. The two 26-year-olds form the youngest Audi driver duo in the DTM although Müller, with 64 DTM races under his belt, is almost an old hand.
Racing for Audi Sport Team Phoenix will be the German Mike Rockenfeller, the 2013 DTM Champion, and the Frenchman Loïc Duval, who is tackling his second DTM season in 2018.
Audi Sport Team Rosberg continues to be made up of Jamie Green, who moved back from Monaco to his native United Kingdom this winter, and title defender René Rast. In the 2018 DTM, the German, instead of driving car number 1 of the reigning champion, would like to continue driving car number 33, the number he won the DTM title with as a rookie last year.
Green and Rast are going to participate in the first pre-season tests in the 2018 version of the Audi RS 5 DTM at Vallelunga from 1 = 3 March. In the final pre-season test at Hockenheim from 9 – 12 April, all six Audi drivers will be on track before, on 5- 6 May , the new season kicks off at the Hockenheimring as well.
A total of 20 races at ten events in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom are scheduled this year.
The Audi teams in the 2018 DTM
Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline
#4 Robin Frijns (NL)
#51 Nico Müller (CH)
Audi Sport Team Phoenix
#77 Loïc Duval (F)
#99 Mike Rockenfeller (D)
Audi Sport Team Rosberg
#33* René Rast (D)
#53 Jamie Green (GB)