It’s been sealed: For the first time in DTM history, Audi will be competing with three DTM Champions in the 2014 season. Following Mike Rockenfeller (D/30), Mattias Ekström (S/35) and Timo Scheider (D/35) have been confirmed as drivers as well.
Timo Scheider joined Audi in 2006 and in his first season was immediately the best driver of a year-old Audi. In 2008 and 2009, he won the DTM, perfecting a title hat-trick for Audi. Audi has been the first and only automobile manufacturer to date to have clinched three DTM drivers’ titles in succession.
“The dream with Audi can continue,” says Timo Scheider, looking forward to his ninth season under the symbol of the four rings. “It’s been my wish to keep driving for Audi and it’s a nice feeling to continue to enjoy the brand’s trust after so many years. I’m hoping for us to have many more successful years together.”
For Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport, Ekström, Rockenfeller and Scheider are three important pillars in the title defense project. “As our two competitors are going to leave no stone unturned next year to challenge us for the title, we’ve got to be poised with a strong line-up that’s up to the challenge. Having three drivers in the squad who know how to win in the DTM gives us a good feeling. And the other five cockpits will be filled with strong drivers too.”