Martin Tomczyk has quit Audi’s DTM line-up, mere weeks after he clinched a sensational championship crown with the manufacturer. It is widely believed that the German will join rival manufacturer BMW as it makes its return to the championship next year.
Should this be the case, Tomczyk would become BMW’s second high-profile signing from the established DTM ranks, after Mercedes frontrunner Bruno Spengler was announced as the outfit’s latest signing to partner the already-confirmed Augusto Farfus and Andy Priaulx.
Despite being demoted from the the front-running Audi Abt Team to the less less-fancied older-spec A4 cars run by Phoenix Racing during the 2010-11 off-season. Tomczyk still claimed three wins en route to the championship crown.
“I won the championship for Audi after eleven years together. The entire Audi Sport team and in particular [head of Audi Sport] Dr Wolfgang Ullrich have always been behind me throughout the many years we spent together,” Tomczyk said in his statement announcing his departure.
“I’m delighted that I could repay the trust by winning the 2011 championship title together with team Phoenix. Despite this joint success, and after careful consideration, I have now decided to accept a new challenge.
“I would once again like to thank everybody with whom I have worked together during my eleven years at Audi Sport and assure every single individual that these years were, in hindsight, something very special.”
Audi, meanwhile, has confirmed that it will field seven new A5 DTM machines for the 2012 season, reducing its car tally from the nine it ran this year.
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