From hunter to hunted: the new Audi RS 5 DTM

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  • further developed DTM championship-winning car
  • Extensive modifications of aerodynamics and suspension
  • Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass: “DTM on the right track”

DTM Champion, winners of the teams’ and manufacturers’ classifications, Audi drivers in the top four spots of the table: In 2017, Audi Sport finished the season with its most successful results of all time. In tests at Vallelunga, Italy, the new Audi RS 5 DTM now made its first public appearance. With the further developed championship-winning car Audi Sport will start the 2018 season and therefore its “title defense” project at the Hockenheimring on May 5 and 6.

The first pre-season tests with the latest-generation Audi RS 5 DTM (internal project name: RC7) were performed by Jamie Green (GB) and René Rast (D). Having scored eight victories, Green is the most successful driver of the Audi RS 5 DTM to date while Rast sensationally won the DTM title in his rookie season in 2017. “We felt the reduced downforce even during the first virtual tests in the simulator,” says René Rast. This impression was confirmed on the race track. “The cars are now even more challenging to drive than before. For me, personally, this is great fun and the spectators, too, will enjoy the races that will more than likely be more exciting than ever.”

DTM rookie Robin Frijns (NL) had the opportunity to do some initial laps in the Audi RS 5 DTM at Vallelunga as well. Loïc Duval (F), Nico Müller (CH) and Mike Rockenfeller (D) still have to wait their turn until the official DTM pre-season tests at the Hockenheimring from April 9 to 12. There, a month later, the new DTM season will kick off on May 5 and 6. Tickets sales have begun at In Germany, the new TV partner, SAT.1, will air live coverage of the season opener.

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