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Martin Tomczyk leaves Audi’s DTM Team

By SYF77 on 29 Nov 2011

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Martin Tomczyk, winner of the 2011 DTM Championship, announced he will no longer compete for the Audi squad in the 2012 season. The 29-year old Champion from Rosenheim has competed for Audi for 11 years, and thanked the Audi team for their support, “The entire Audi Sport team and in particular Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich have always been behind me throughout the many years we spent together. I’m delighted that I could repay the trust by winning the 2011 championship title together with team Phoenix.”
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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.

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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