Despite his success with Audi, Tomczyk said that he is ready for a new challenge in 2012. “I have now decided to accept a new challenge. To conclude, I would once again like to thank everybody with whom I have worked together during my eleven years at Audi Sport and assure every single individual that these years were, in hindsight, something very special,” he explained.
Tomczyk started competing in the DTM championship exclusively for Audi since 2001. As a 19 year old in his first year, he finished in 13th place. In 2007, he finished in third place and finally took the title this year, beating Mercedes star driver Bruno Spengler and Audi veterans Mattias Ekstrom and Timo Scheider. He did so after winning three of the ten races. He won the title in a year-old Audi A4. Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich commented on Tomczyk’s departure, “It goes without saying that we deeply regret that he decided, at this moment in time, to seek a new challenge after his most successful DTM season with Audi.” “I can, however, completely understand that after eleven special years of highs and lows with Audi he would like to try something new - after all by winning the DTM title at the wheel of an Audi A4 DTM he has achieved exactly the goal for which he was worked so hard for many years.” He added.
Audi has not given any comments about who will replace the Rosenheimer, but is expected to make a decision soon about their complete 2012 line-up. Tomczyk’s future plans remain unclear at the moment but he is rumoured compete in DTM next season under the BMW banner.