Audi started the final round of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) season in Hockenheim 21 points behind rival BMW, before turning the whole thing around to steal a showstopping all Audi podium powered by Castrol EDGE. Thus, Audi caught BMW on the final metres of a thrilling season to finish 30 points ahead of their nearest rivals in the manufacturers’ standings. 2014 marked the first year that Castrol extended its support to Audi’s activities in the DTM, building on the successful, long-running partnership forged in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and it has proved a winning combination from the start.
As Mattias Ekström took his second victory in a row in Hockenheim, he also secured second place in the drivers’ standings, while it was last year’s DTM Champion Mike Rockenfeller who finished this season third overall. All Audi drivers competed in Castrol EDGE-powered Audi RS 5 DTM cars. Following BMW’s success in claiming both the drivers’ and teams’ titles earlier this season, Castrol now has a clean sweep of all three DTM Championships in 2014, only achieved through its partnerships with both BMW and Audi.
After BMW works driver Marco Wittmann claimed the drivers’ title in his BMW M4 DTM car powered by Castrol EDGE with two rounds in hand at the Lausitzring, him, his team mate, Maxime Martin and BMW Team RMG followed through by sealing the teams’ title on the penultimate race of the season in Zandvoort. To top off a winning season, Martin was also crowned ‘DTM Rookie of the Year’, a title earned last year by new DTM Champion Wittmann.