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Audi drops four drivers, Duval moves to DTM

Three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Loic Duval and GT driver Rene Rast are handed DTM drives with Audi next year.
Audi has confirmed its six-strong driver line-up for the 2017 DTM season with Loic Duval and Rene Rast making their full-time debut with the manufacturer and four drivers being dropped.

Long-time Audi driver and Formula E competitor Duval sidesteps from the manufacturer's now defunct World Endurance Championship programme into DTM, while GT driver Rast gets a full-time programme in the touring car series after two guest appearances in 2016

Only four drivers of Audi's eight-man line-up from 2016 will remain in 2017, with Mattias Ekstrom, Jamie Green, Nico Muller and Mike Rockenfeller staying on board.

Miguel Molina and Adrien Tambay lose their spots in the team, while former champion Timo Scheider has retired and this year's runner-up Edoardo Mortara switches to Mercedes.

With all three manufacturers reducing their driver line-ups to six each – reducing the grid from 24 to 18 cars -, BMW has already announced that Antonio Felix da Costa and Martin Tomczyk have left the team, with its remaining six drivers of Marco Wittmann, Timo Glock, Augusto Farfus, Tom Blomqvist, Maxime Martin and Bruno Spengler forming its line-up.



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Loic Duval
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit DTM]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Paul di Resta - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA  [pic credit Mercedes]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Antonio Felix da Costa - BMW Team Schnitzer [pic credit BMW]
Antonio Felix da Costa - BMW Team Schnitzer [pic credit BMW]
Nico Muller - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Nico Muller - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Timo Scheider - Audi Sport Team Phoenix [pic credit Audi]

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mrfill

December 12, 2016 11:04 AM

Its a bit of a contrast between DTM and BTCC with one losing a quarter of the field and using cars which are less powerful than their showroom counterparts, and the other having a queue to join and increasing audience on TV and at the circuits. Presumably this reflect the malaise that is seen in German motor sports. They may build great cars but no-one seems to want to watch them race and no-one wants to do anything about it.



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