Audi's Timo Scheider will close a glittering 16-year career in the DTM after announcing his retirement from the series.

The two-time DTM champion made the announcement following the penultimate race of the year, where he finished in 16th for his current Team Phoenix squad.

In a career which has spanned over a 16-year period, Scheider's biggest accomplishment in the series came after winning back-to-back titles for Audi in 2008-09.

The 37-year old began his tenure in the DTM with Opel back in 2000 but became a household name for Audi after signing with the Ingolstadt constructor back in 2006.

Scheider will embark on his 181st DTM start in Sunday's final race of the year at Hockenheim. Of the previous 180 he contested, the German has won seven of them while also achieving 11 pole positions and 24 podium finishes.

Incidentally, the last of Scheider's victories came at the Hockenheim season finale last season after ending a five-year winless streak, which stemmed back to Adria 2010.

"I would have liked to keep racing in the DTM. My heart will continue to beat for the DTM. I have a number of other exciting projects I'm going to dedicate more time to in the future," Scheider said.

"They include my own teams in kart racing and in Formula 4. But the race driver Timo Scheider will continue to exist as well - whether in rallycross or in other categories still remains to be seen."


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