Audi R8 LMS
DTM

A FLYING START TO A NEW SEASON

With the 2021 season, Europe’s favourite racing series is going to a new level. More teams, completely reworked regulations, new vehicles – this is motorsports par excellence. But the desperate battle for the podium is not decided by the drivers alone. Success consists of a perfectly functioning interplay of driver, team and partners. Here at SONAX, we have set ourselves the task of helping our partner ABT Sportsline to shine to the fullest, on and off the track. Together, we bring together innovation and performance to make motorsports history. Our passion for vehicle care and unconditionally high quality requirements in our products ensure the GT3 racecars make an impressive entrance.

Successful by tradition

Audi DTM Car 1990

1990 - First time at DTM with Audi

There may still have been a few motorsports fans who were still unaware of the SONAX brand at the time it first got involved in the DTM 1990 as a partner to the Audi team. Audi was a newcomer to the series, but already in its first year took the title home to Ingolstadt. Public favourite Hans-Joachim Stuck triumphed in an all-wheel-drive Audi V8 quattro, also winning the SONAX brand many new fans.

Mercedes DTM Car 1992

1992 - Right at the front again with AMG-Mercedes-Benz

In this year, the Mercedes team of Klaus Ludwig, Keke Rosberg, Bernd Schneider and Ellen Lohr cleaned up in the cockpit – and the red SONAX emblem once again achieved peak interest. The AMG-Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo 2 took gold in many races and Klaus Ludwig shone with SONAX, taking the first DTM title for the Stuttgart car manufacturer.

BMW DTM Cars 2012

2012 - Success in a new millennium with BMW Motorsport

SONAX wrote a new chapter in its success story with a partnership with BMW Motorsport in the DTM. SONAX has accompanied BMW as a team sponsor since this glorious comeback in 2012. When Bruno Spengler passed the finish line first in his BMW M3 DTM after a furious final in Hockenheim, SONAX, with its red lettering blazoned on the side of the car, was able to share in celebrating winning the driver’s title, the team classification with Schnitzer and the manufacturers’ championship victory of partner BMW Motorsport.

DTM 2021 - The new regulations

From 2021, the DTM will use GT3 sports vehicles based on the GT3 regulations of the FIA world automotive association. As nearly every automotive manufacturer – from Aston Martin through Audi, Bentley, BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Honda, Lamborghini, Lexus, McLaren, Mercedes, Nissan to Porsche – has a GT3 sports vehicle in its portfolio, the goal is to achieve a wide range of brands on the starting grid.

In the future, a new starting method should ensure action on the race track: the “DTM Formation Start”, a rolling double-file start in close formation in IndyCar style. Obligatory tyre changes remain a fixed element and must be completed by a maximum of six mechanics with two wheel guns in as short a time as possible.

Driver aids like anti-lock braking systems and traction control remain permitted.

To ensure the equal treatment of sports vehicles with different concepts, there will be a new overall car classification system specially designed for the DTM, taking into account not only the power and displacement but also the centre of gravity, and changing from course to course. This independent form of “balance of performance” proved itself already in the 2020 season in the DTM Trophy. The success ballast system is new, however, with the top three drivers in each race receiving 25, 18 and 15 kilograms of extra weight in the next race.

A key unique concept that remains unchanged is that professional racing drivers – with an international A or B licence – have to race for two sprints of 55 minutes plus one lap – as before, there is no driver change in the DTM.

Audi R8 LMS

Engine and performance5.2 litre V10 NA motor with 503 hp (370 kW)
Gearbox6-gear sports transmission with paddle shifters, rear-wheel drive
Length, width, height and wheelbase4475 mm, 1994 mm, 1195 mm, 2730 mm
Unladen weight1290 kg

 

Drivers

Mike Rockenfeller

Portrait Mike Rockenfeller

Date of birth: 31.10.1983
Nationality: German
Races entered: 173
Wins: 6
Podium places: 32

Career: The German racer Mike Rockenfeller started karting in 1995. The first true race of his career was already a success – in Formula König in 2001 he reached fourth place. This was followed by further triumphs, and in 2004 he won his first championship, the German Porsche Carrera Cup. He has been racing in the DTM since 2007.

Kelvin van der Linde

Portrait Kelvin van der Linde

Date of birth: 20.06.1996
Nationality: South African
Races entered: 9

Career: Kelvin van der Linde began his career with karting in 2006. His first professional race, and his first victory, was in the Volkswagen Challenge in 2011. A breakthrough then came in 2017: He achieved overall victory in the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring. The next stage for the ABT team member is entering the DTM in 2021.

Sophia Flörsch

Portrait Sophia Flörsch

Date of birth: 01.12.2000
Nationality: German
Races entered: 21

Career: The racing driver Sophia Flörsch discovered her passion for motorsports on the karting track in 2005. At her first race, the Ginetta Junior Championship in 2015, she made 11th place. Since that year, Sophia Flörsch has been the women’s racing driver for the ABT team and will début in the DTM in 2021.

DTM race calendar 2021

Monza (IT)

18.06. - 20.06.

Norisring (D)

08.10. - 10.10.

Lausitzring (D)

23.07. - 25.07.

Zolder (BEL)

06.08. - 08.08.

Nürburgring (D)

20.08. - 22.08.

Red Bull Ring (AT)

03.09. - 05.09.

Assen (NL)

17.09. - 19.09.

Hockenheimring (D)

01.10. - 03.10.