Ranking the 10 best Audi DTM drivers
Audi last week announced it would be exiting the DTM at the end of 2020, bringing the curtain down on 20 years of continuous participation since the series' reboot in 2000. Autosport's expert panel ranks its 10 best drivers from the period
Audi last week announced it would be exiting the DTM at the end of 2020, bringing the curtain down on 20 years of continuous participation since the series' reboot in 2000. During that time, the Ingolstadt manufacturer's drivers racked up nine titles, adding to its 1990 and '91 triumphs in a short-lived first spell in the series that ended in 1992.
Some 50 drivers have raced for Audi in the DTM since 2000 when Abt entered British-built TTs, ranging from Le Mans winners to ex-Formula 1 drivers, curious one-offs and brand loyalists, so Autosport decided to rank the 10 best drivers to represent the marque in the DTM.
It's taken him a while to emerge as a consistent title challenger, but in the final year of DTM's Class One rule set, Nico Muller has smoothed the rough edges and has double champion stablemate Rene Rast working harder than ever to keep up in the title race
Opel's fortunes in the DTM had taken a turn for the worst by 2003 - hardly the pedigree that suggested it could take on the toughest 24-hour race of them all. But that's exactly what it did
It's 20 years since the DTM roared back into life at a packed Hockenheim with a back-to-basics approach as the antidote to its high-tech past. Now it's on its knees again, so is it time to recall the lessons learned in 2000?
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