Oliver Jarvis has been dropped from Audi's DTM line-up for the coming season as the Abt Sportsline team has reduced its effort from five cars to three.
The former McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner, who was named in the manufacturer's Le Mans 24 Hours line-up recently, has spent the last four years in the German-based tin-top series with both the Abt and Phoenix Racing squads.
Audi's slimmed-down line-up of seven cars features 2011 rookie Rahel Frey moving from Phoenix to Abt to partner two-time champions Mattias Ekstrom and Timo Scheider.
Phoenix has a totally new line-up following Frey's move to Abt and Martin Tomczyk's defection to BMW during the winter. Mike Rockenfeller and Miguel Molina, who both drove for Abt last year, will race the A5 DTMs for Ernst Moser's squad.
The only Audi outfit with an unchanged line-up is Team Rosberg, which has retained 2011's star rookie Edoardo Mortara and Filipe Albuquerque.
"That's why continuity with the teams and drivers was important to us," said head of Audi motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich.
"Mattias and Timo know how to win the DTM and each of them is drawing on experience from more than 100 DTM races. Mike won his first DTM race in 2011, Filipe, Edoardo and Miguel all mounted the podium for the first time last year.
"And I also believe that Rahel is able to cause some surprises in her second DTM season. During the winter tests she showed that she has a lot of potential."
The DTM season kicks off at Hockenheim on April 29.
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