Audi has completed its 2007 DTM line-up with the long-expected confirmation that Alex Premat will make the switch from single-seaters, while also confirming that Timo Scheider will get the chance to campaign one of the latest-spec A4s.
Former GP2 frontrunner Premat - the Frenchman was twice runner-up in the series to ART Grand Prix team-mates - joins Germans Lucas Luhr and Mike Rockenfeller as newcomers to the squad for 2007, with Luhr and Rockenfeller headed for year-old cars at Audi Sport Team Rosberg and Premat lining up in similar machinery alongside the seasoned Christian Abt at Audi Sport Team Phoenix.
A total of ten A4 DTM will hit the track again this season, with the four latest-generation models being run by Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline for record-breaking Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen and fellow Scandinavian Mattias Ekström, who will make another attempt to reclaim the title he won in 2004. German Martin Tomczyk, who finally celebrated his first DTM victory last season, and Austrian-domiciled German Timo Scheider complete the Abt squad, with Scheider rewarded for his efforts in a year-old car last season by being elevated to more modern machinery.
The remaining cars, this time two-year old models, will be campaigned by customer team Kolles TME, which retains Belgian lady Vanina Ickx and is currently searching for an occupant for its second seat. GP2 refugee Adrian Valles has been tipped to make the switch from single-seaters, and enjoys close ties with team owner Colin Kolles through his reserve role at Spyker F1.