Two Audi works teams will next year compete in the DTM (German Touring Car Masters) with six newly-developed touring cars based on the A4.

Audi will shift its motorsport focus in 2004 with its return to the race tracks with a works team. Two Audi works teams will compete in the DTM (German Touring Car Masters) with six newly-developed touring cars based on the A4.

Audi is hoping to continue its success in touring car racing with its DTM comeback. It won on its very first DTM outing in 1990, and again in 1991, with the V8 quattro. It enjoyed many successful years in the class, most recently as the supporter of customer and importer teams.

Since 2000, Team Abt Sportsline has competed in the "new" DTM with coupés based on the Audi TT. This customer team secured the championship title in 2002.

"The DTM has developed really very strongly since its revival four years ago," explained Head of Audi Sport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich. "Through Abt Sportsline, Audi had been represented, but our works involvement was the next logical step."

During the 2004 season, Audi Sport will continue to be actively involved in sports car racing with the Audi R8. It will also still provide support to the customer and importer teams at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in the American Le Mans Series and in the new Le Mans Endurance Series.

A special highlight of the 2004 Audi Motorsport programme will be on June 12 and 13, when the Audi teams will simultaneously compete in both the 24-hour races at Le Mans and the Nürburgring.