Above and beyond the competition
It was a perfect 2011 season for Audi in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, or DTM. After Martin Tomczyk's early win of the drivers title, Audi also secured 2nd place overall and won the team championship as well.
"You can't really wish for more than this," commented Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Motorsport . "It's truly been a perfect year for Audi. And today we clinched everything we still had on our agenda: the runner-up's slot for 'Eki' and the team classification win for Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline - my thanks go to everyone who has had a part in this great success for Audi."
In its 84th and - for the time being - last DTM race the Audi A4 DTM made another strong showing. With Martin Tomczyk, Miguel Molina, Mike Rockenfeller, Mattias Ekstrom, Timo Scheider and Oliver Jarvis on positions two to four and six to eight, six Audi drivers scored points. In its career the A4 DTM, since 2004, has clinched five out of eight possible champion's titles, 44 pole positions, 31 fastest laps and 34 race victories
The decision at the finale at Hockenheim was made as early as at the start which Mercedes driver Jamie Green decided in his favor, followed by a lonely race at the front of the field. Similarly solid were the runs of Audi drivers Martin Tomczyk (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) and Miguel Molina (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) that ended on positions two and three.
Martin Tomczyk crowned his brilliant season with another podium finish. At all ten races the new DTM Champion scored points and mounted the podium eight times. The 29-year-old, who did not finish any event this year lower than fifth place, took three race victories.
"The finale here at Hockenheim in front of this fantastic crowd was brilliant too," said Martin Tomczyk after receiving the champion's trophy on the podium. "My A4 was perfect and my team did another great job. I wasn't able to completely keep up with Jamie's (Green) pace but that was only secondary today."
Another overjoyed driver was the Spaniard Miguel Molina who despite not having been able to take advantage of his pole position at the start in the end managed to celebrate third place and the first podium in his still young DTM career. "Being on podium at the last race of the Audi A4 DTM is really special," says the 22-year-old. "I'm very happy - particularly because Audi has clinched all the titles. That's fantastic."
Next season, Audi will be retiring the A4 DTM in favor of the new A5 DTM.