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.