Remember 2008 because this has been Audi AG's most successful year in motorsport. Following victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in North America and Europe, Timo Scheider's victory at the DTM finale in Hockenheim clinched the DTM title for Audi proving to be their best success in history. This is the first time Audi has defended its title since '90 and '91 in the touring car racing series. Also this year, Audi A4 DTM secured eight pole positions and six victories adding to its achievements.
In front of a record audience of 165000 spectators at Hockenheim, 29-year old Timo Scheider took control of the race and defeated rival Paul Di Resta of AMG Mercedes. This was thanks to an impressive pit top performance. The strategy devised by the Audi team allowed Scheider to drive freely throughout the race and win with a 3.062-sec lead.
Surprisingly, this victory was done after Scheider hit a curb on Saturday's qualifying damaging the base plate of the engine. The mechanics completely dismantled the car and changed the engine the night before race day. At 3:45AM, the car was back on its wheels and twelve hours later, Scheider clinched the title!
The second-best Audi drive at Hockenheim was Tom Kristensen. He made a great recovery after being in seventh place most of the race, finished fifth in the end.
The results at Hockenheim
1 Timo Scheider (GW:plus/Top Service Audi A4 DTM) 37
laps in 59m 01.290s
2 Paul di Resta (Mercedes) + 3.062s
3 Jamie Green (Mercedes) + 3.549s
4 Bruno Spengler (Mercedes) + 4.293s
5 Tom Kristensen (Audi A4 DTM) + 4.734s
6 Bernd Schneider (Mercedes) + 15.300s
7 Mattias Ekstrm (Red Bull Audi A4 DTM) + 19.839s
8 Martin Tomczyk (Red Bull Audi A4 DTM) + 20.635s
9 Mike Rockenfeller (S line Audi A4 DTM) + 37.154s
10 Oliver Jarvis (Best Buddies Audi A4 DTM) + 44.263s
11 Gary Paffett (Mercedes) + 54.135s
12 Maro Engel (Mercedes) + 54.542s
13 Alexandre Prmat (Audi Bank Audi A4 DTM) + 1m 04.597s
14 Ralf Schumacher (Mercedes) + 1m 05.432s
Timo Scheider Background
Ever since the new DTM was launched in 2000, Timo Scheider has been an active member of the series. This month, he permanently put his name in DTM history. This year in his eleven races as a factory driver, he's been on the podium eight times.
Like most race car drivers, he started at the age of ten in a go kart. At 17, he turned professional with car racing and started DTM. After 79 races, he won his first DTM race last April.
As the new DTM champion of '08, he is only the second German driver to hold the title since Bernd Schneider. Together with his girlfriend Jasmin, both will continue to race professionally and support many charities for needy children, a cause they've supported for years.