After a one-two-three victory at the Hockenheim Ring in Germany, Audi has secured the 2014 DTM manufacturer’s championship after fighting a heated battle with BMW all season. Audi went into the final race with a 21 point deficit, but converted it into a 30 point lead, earning 409 points to BMW’s 379.
In addition to winning the manufacturer’s championship, Audi drivers locked in the runner-up and third place positions in the DTM driver’s championship. Two-time DTM champion Mattias Ekström won the race at Hockenheim and finished the season as runner up, with Mike Rockenfeller clinching second at Hockenheim and finishing third in the standings.
“Our aim this weekend was to win the manufacturers’ championship. And in the end we clearly decided it in Audi’s favor – not least thanks to a brilliant team performance,” said head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “That drivers from all three Audi Sport Teams mounted the podium today speaks a clear language. On this weekend everyone could see how strong the Audi RS 5 DTM is. 15 in 30 possible podium places this year are an impressive tally
Audi managed to wow the crowd at Hockenheim before their RS 5 DTM cars had even begun racing. The automaker previewed their driverless RS 7 before the start of the race, which successfully navigated the racetrack at speed, demonstrating the advancement of their autonomous driving technology.