Third place for ABT Sportsline in the 2022 DTM



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The impressive collection of DTM trophies at Johann-Abt-Strasse in Kempten has been enriched by two precious trophies: René Rast took third place in the drivers’ championship for ABT Sportsline at the DTM 2022 finale in Hockenheim. Kelvin van der Linde and Ricardo Feller also secured third place in the team championship for Team ABT Sportsline.



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Third place for ABT Sportsline in the 2022 DTM



In the end, René Rast was only 15 points short of winning his fourth DTM title


ABT Sportsline has been competing in the DTM for 23 years and this is the 16th time that the team from the Allgäu region has finished the drivers’ championship in the top three. Once again, ABT Sportsline was the best Audi team and also had the biggest share in terms of points in securing the DTM manufacturers’ championship for Audi. ABT Sportsline recorded two victories and seven podium finishes in the 2022 season, with the three additional points for pole position going to an ABT driver six times.

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Company profile of ABT Sportsline


ABT Sportsline in Germany is the world’s largest tuner for vehicles of the VW Group, especially for Audi models. The product line ranges from more engine power to body kits, over suspensions and interior design, to an extensive collection of alloy wheels. The ABT Individual program allows even for exclusive tailor-made solutions. The Bavaria-based company also competes in racing activities at the highest international level: For example as a privateer team at the DTM (German Touring Car Masters) or also very successfully at the Formula E. The first steps in the electric racing series were already taken in 2014 and crowned with the championship title in 2017. But the topic of electromobility is also playing an increasingly important role elsewhere in the company. For example, the in-house ABT e-Line GmbH, whose roots go back more than a decade, is currently converting the VW T6.1 into an electric transporter for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

At the cutting edge of technology since 1896
The roots of ABT Sportsline go back to a farrier’s shop which was founded in Kempten, Bavaria, in 1896. Their most innovative product: A carriage which, thanks to a clever folding mechanism, could be used as a sled. Soon after, the focus turned to motor vehicles: From approx. 1920 on, AUTO-ABT sold and repaired the former brands, which later gave birth to the Audi AG. This set the stage for the company’s situation today. In 1950, Johann Abt, the founder’s grandson, won his first car race and laid the foundation for the company’s racing activities. But he also enjoyed fast cars in everyday life. For this reason he founded ABT Tuning in 1967, in 1978 he tuned the first VW Golf and already in 1980 he brought the first chip tuning product to the market. After that, things went very quickly. Finally, in 1991, the new prestigious company headquarters, which also includes an own museum, were established in the “Johann Abt”-Street. In 2014, a motor sport center was added.


Press contact


ABT Sportsline GmbH
Karla Kanz
Phone: +49 (0) 831-571 40 58


Speedpool GmbH 
Thomas Voigt 
Tel.: +49-171 644 2333

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