Audi factory driver Timo Scheider in profile Mental training and Supermoto to relax Partner Jasmin Rubatto also raced Son Loris Romeo impressed by Audi RS 4 Timo Scheider. Photo by xpb.cc. Although Timo Scheider is only just...
Audi factory driver Timo Scheider in profile
Mental training and Supermoto to relax
Partner Jasmin Rubatto also raced
Son Loris Romeo impressed by Audi RS 4
Although Timo Scheider is only just 27-years old, he is already one of the most experienced DTM drivers: Between 2000 and 2004 the new Audi works driver played a leading role in the DTM, before taking time-out in the cockpit of a sportscar last year. Furthermore, he competed for the German national team in the A1 Grand Prix single-seater racing series during the winter season.
Audi brought Timo Scheider back to the DTM and fulfilled his greatest wish in doing so. "I've been trying to find a birth at Audi for three years," says Scheider, who grew up close to Koblenz and lives in Altach, Austria near Lake Constance since 2003.
"I've always admired the Audi squad. The positive impression that I had as an outsider has been confirmed since we started working together. I'd like to drive for Audi in the DTM for as long as possible and fight for the title sometime."
The son of a driving instructor, who competed in endurance races, quite probably had the credentials to make it into Formula 1. During his first race season in 1995 he won the title in a "star of tomorrow" single-seater series. In 1997, in his Formula 3 debut year, he was only defeated by Nick Heidfeld. Formula 1 beckoned, but for one reason or another things did not work out for a place in the "Premiere League".
When Scheider heard about the DTM comeback he was all for it and did everything in his power to secure a cockpit. "A lot of people were amazed that I jumped into touring cars from Formula 3. However, as things transpired the driving style is very similar and many other Formula 3 drivers followed my lead."
Scheider describes himself as "trendsetter", who doesn't follow others but wants to make his own way - matching the Audi slogan in the USA: "Never follow". This is why he also has no role models. "Actually, it was rather individual character traits that impressed me. For example, that Nigel Mansell never gave up and even pushed his car across the finish line once."
Timo Scheider got to know himself much better through his mental and fitness trainer Arno Gantner, with whom he heads into the mountains almost daily, and who also accompanies him to the races. "I have learnt a great deal about my body and mind through Arno," explains the Audi driver. "In principle, I have itchy feet and always have the urge to do something. Owing to the mental training in natural surroundings I can withdraw my thoughts and concentrate better on race weekends."
Timo Scheider has been a passionate Supermoto rider in his spare time for three years. "Its good for my stamina, concentration and balance," says the Audi driver who competed in BMX races in his youth, before he received a kart as a Christmas present from his parents, which paved the way for a career on four wheels.
He shares his passion for motorsport and Supermoto with his partner Jasmin Rubatto, who raced cars earlier herself. He met the daughter of former motorbike racer Peter Rubatto (nickname: "Mister Suberbike") at a kart event in Florida in February 1999. "At first we found each other to be quite stupid and arrogant, but then things just suddenly clicked," remembers Timo. "I'm happy that I have somebody like Jasmin, who is just as crazy about motorsport as I am. It makes everything much easier."
Son Loris Romeo, who at two-and-a-half years of age rides a Quad and every car journey is too slow, was born in late summer 2003. That Dad's new company car is a 420 hp Audi RS 4 is actually quite convenient...