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Ingolstadt, October 21, 2012 – As of 2014, the Japanese Super GT will adopt the Technical Regulations of the DTM. During the DTM finale at Hockenheim, TV presenter Judith Rakers was treated to a ride in the Audi DTM race taxi.
Forward-thinking cooperation: Starting in 2014, the Japanese Super GT will adopt the Technical Regulations of the DTM. With that, the Audi A5 DTM could be running at future events in Asia as well. Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich represented the German automobile manufacturers when the cooperation between the DTM and the Super GT was announced in Tokyo.
Premiere: Judith Rakers, a newscaster on ARD’s Tagesschau daily news program, was treated to a ride in the Audi DTM race taxi at the DTM finale at Hockenheim. Rakers is co-presenter of the new ARD motorsport program titled “Benzin im Blut” (“Gasoline in their Veins”) that celebrated its premiere on Sunday.
Exclusive performance: Sarah Connor created a cheerful atmosphere at the Audi Lounge during the DTM finale. The popular singer surprised the guests of AUDI AG with a private concert on Saturday night.
Prominent guests: As usual, the DTM finale at the Hockenheimring, in addition to 128,000 spectators, attracted numerous prominent visitors. Actor Moritz Bleibtreu was provided with a peek behind the DTM scenes by Audi factory driver Mike Rockenfeller. Chris de Burgh’s daughter Rosanna Davison, who was recently featured in Playboy magazine, dropped by at the garage of Edoardo Mortara, who advertises the famous men’s magazine on his Audi A5 DTM. Fencer Britta Heidemann and the two pole-vaulters Raphael Marcel Holzdeppe andBjörn Otto watched the DTM finale at Audi as well. The Finnish band Sunrise Avenue paid a visit to Audi Sport Team Rosberg and its Finnish Team Manager Kimmo Liimatainen.
Politics meets DTM: The Bavarian State Minister Thomas Kreuzer did the honors at the podium ceremony of the DTM finale at Hockenheim. The native of Kempten watched the race at the invitation of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline along with the mayor and the entire town council of Kempten.
Champions League: Two former DTM Champions drove the Audi DTM race taxi during the DTM finale at Hockenheim. On Saturday, Laurent Aiello (2002 Champion) took the wheel while Frank Biela (1991) did so on Sunday. Together with Mattias Ekström (2004 and 2007),Timo Scheider (2008 and 2009), Martin Tomczyk (2011) and DMSB Sport President Hans-Joachim Stuck (1990) their presence meant that all drivers who to date have won a DTM title for Audi were on location.
Guest run: Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro, who together have celebrated five victories at the Le Mans 24 Hours for Audi, competed as guest entrants in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup held as part of the DTM finale at the Hockenheimring. On the grid as well was GT1 World Champion Markus Winkelhock, who won the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in May at the wheel of an Audi R8 LMS ultra. Emanuele Pirro in position 13 was the best of the three guest entrants.
Illuminated: Wearing a helmet with new graphics, Timo Scheider attracted attention to the new Nintendo home video game console Wii U that will be available as of November 30. As a small gimmick, the “Luigi” character from the Nintendo game “Mariokart 7” was highlighted by light-emitting diodes.
Athletes help athletes: For years, the DTM and its drivers have been supporting the Deutsche Sporthilfe non-profit sports aid foundation. At Hockenheim, the drivers of all three manufacturers involved in the DTM posed for pictures together with triathlete Jan Frodeno to promote the “Dein Name für Deutschland” (“Your name for Germany”) campaign. Audi delegated its two two-time DTM Champions Mattias Ekström and Timo Scheider to the photo shoot.
Father and son: Stig Blomqvist, 1984 World Rally Champion at the wheel of an Audi quattro, watched the DTM finale at the Hockenheimring as well. Blomqvist’s son Tom contested his first season in the Formula 3 Euro Series in 2012. Walter Röhrl and his former co-driver Christian Geistdörfer paid a visit to Audi at Hockenheim too.