Audi confirms team structure for 2017 DTM season

Audi has announced its team-by-team line-up for the coming DTM campaign, confirming that all three of its outfits are staying put in the series.

Audi confirms team structure for 2017 DTM season
Mike Rockenfeller, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM
Nico Müller, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM
Edoardo Mortara, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM; Rene Rast, Audi Sport Team Phoenix, Audi RS 5 DTM

While the series scaling down to six cars per marque led to ART and Mucke leaving the Mercedes DTM contingent, and MTEK and Schnitzer refocusing on other projects within the BMW family, Audi has opted to downsize the Abt entry from four cars to two.

The squad will continue to field two-time champion Mattias Ekstrom and Nico Muller, with its two other drivers from the previous campaign – Edoardo Mortara and Miguel Molina – both exiting the Audi line-up.

The Phoenix team, which delivered Audi's most recent teams' championship title back in 2013, will retain Mike Rockenfeller for a sixth straight year, with former WEC driver Loic Duval arriving in place of Timo Scheider.

Rene Rast, who subbed for Rockenfeller at Phoenix at the end of last year, will instead compete with Team Rosberg, taking Adrien Tambay's spot alongside Jamie Green.

"In Mattias Ekstrom at Abt, Jamie Green at Rosberg and Mike Rockenfeller at Phoenix, all three teams have their spearheads," said Audi motorsport boss Dieter Gass.

"These team-driver combinations were very powerful in the past. Our youngster, Nico Muller, is following in Edoardo Mortara’s footsteps and our two new DTM signings, Loic Duval and Rene Rast, are going to benefit from the experience of their teammates."

2017 DTM driver line-up:

Manufacturer/TeamDrivers
Mercedes/HWA

 Edoardo Mortara

 Robert Wickens

 Gary Paffett

 Paul di Resta

 Lucas Auer

 Maro Engel

Audi/Abt

 Mattias Ekstrom

 Nico Muller

Audi/Phoenix

 Mike Rockenfeller

 Loic Duval

Audi/Rosberg  Jamie Green

 Rene Rast

BMW/RMG

 Marco Wittmann

 Timo Glock

 Augusto Farfus

BMW/RBM

 Bruno Spengler

 Tom Blomqvist

 Maxime Martin

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