The championship’s fans can look forward to a colourful grid this year, with the nine Audi A4 challengers to run in eight primary colour schemes.
Just like every year, fans of Europe’s most popular touring car race series eagerly wait to see which colours and designs adorn the DTM cars in the new season, although at least the waiting has ended as far as the actual Audi driver line-up is concerned.
Fans of Timo Scheider must adapt to something new: Since changing to Audi, the 2008 and 2009 DTM Champion competes for the first time in something other than a black Audi A4 DTM. The Austrian resident’s 2011 car will bear a predominantly white colour scheme in deference to his car’s main sponsor, the monthly magazine AUTO TEST. In addition, Game Boy inventor Nintendo and Audi Top Service are represented on Scheider’s A4.
Scheider’s team mate at Audi Sport Team Abt is once again the Briton Oliver Jarvis who must also get used to a new look: His Audi A4 DTM is red and advertises for the high-performance products of AUDI AG and the Audi Bank.
Mattias Ekström, the 2004 and 2007 DTM Champion joins the grid in the familiar blue primary colour of energy drink manufacturer Red Bull. His new team mate at Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Mike Rockenfeller, gets an Audi A4 DTM in the classic yellow of the Deutsche Post AG and advertising its product E-POSTBRIEF on the defending Le Mans winner’s car.
Martin Tomczyk competes in a particularly striking design for Audi Sport Team Phoenix: The A4 of the Swiss based driver from Rosenheim is luminous yellow at the front and green at the back – the colours of the Schaeffler product brands LuK and INA.
Tomczyk’s new team mate Rahel Frey drives a gold-coloured Audi A4 DTM adorned with the logo of the Glamour women’s magazine.
The two DTM newcomers Filipe Albuquerque and Edoardo Mortara appear in two familiar and striking designs for Audi Sport Team Rosberg. Albuquerque drives an Audi A4 DTM in the light blue of TV Movie television magazine; Mortara will drive a black A4 in the look of men’s magazine Playboy.
Miguel Molina, the best newcomer in the DTM last year, is a new member of the Red Bull Junior Team. Apart from some extra yellow highlights, the Spaniard’s A4 DTM looks exactly like Mattias Ekström’s car (which sports red highlights). As a result, there are two Audi A4 DTM sporting the typical blue Red Bull design on the grid for the first time since 2008.
“With the AUTO TEST magazine and Deutsche Post he have managed to gain two strong new partners for our DTM program,” explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “Furthermore, our many trusted partners like Red Bull and the Schaeffler Group are still on board. This speaks volumes for the Audi brand and the DTM. I’m sure the fans and especially TV viewers will be particularly pleased that we bring a very colourful mix of easily identifiable cars to the grid.”
[Images via DTM]