Audi pulls out of DTM racing series, upsets BMW

Zamil Syaheer · May 6, 2020 11:36 AM

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The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) is a premier GT racing series based in Germany, racing a silhouette race car that's based on a mass-produced road car since the year 2000. The series used to consists mainly of the big-3 premium German manufacturers, namely Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

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In DTM 19 year's history, Audi has won a total of 7 DTM championship.

However, the DTM series has seen a steady decline, evident by a shock withdrawal from Mercedes-Benz in 2017, leaving only BMW and Audi to carry the torch forward. Few other manufacturers such as Nissan, Opel, Lexus and Aston Martin tried giving DTM a chance, but they too left.

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Formula E racing series is friendlier to manufacturer's budget and is used as a catalyst for future product development.

With a series of dwindling relevance to even a German manufacturer, with a limited audience and significant cost, interest in future electric/hybrid tech racing series like Formula E, coupled with the consequences that will be felt because of the COVID-19 pandemic are the reasons why Audi decided to withdraw from the series this year.

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BMW is also 'blamed' by some drivers and team for inadvertently bringing up the cost of DTM racing for the past years.

But BMW Motorsports say the way Audi delivered the news was very un-sportsmanship like, as it was delivered to them not by Audi, but by the current DTM head honcho Gerhard Berger. BMW felt it was not a “gentleman-like” and was a disrespectful move by Audi, who could have sat down and talk about the future of the series. With Audi’s official exit, only BMW remain as the sole factory-backed team in the series.

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The 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans overall champion, Team Toyota.

In recent years, there has been a steady decline of a manufacturer-backed team in motorsports due to rising cost. For example, Toyota was the only factory LMP1 entrant in last year’s 24 Hours Le Mans racing series, while 2020 Formula One is dominated by Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, McLaren and Renault, a far cry from the earlier days when BMW, Jaguar, Toyota, was part of the grid.

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Zamil Syaheer

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More than 10 years experience, specialising in Motorsports, Advanced Driving, Event Management & Creative Design. He enjoys driving (drifting, actually) anything RWD with a proper LSD over the limit. Versatility is his motto and mantra.

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