Ingolstadt, February 6, 2011 - Around 1,800 invited guests representing sport, industry, politics, culture and the media met on Saturday evening in Wiesbaden for the 41st "Ball des Sports" of the "Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe". On the guest list were also the two Audi factory drivers Timo Scheider and Martin Tomczyk who approached the red carpet in a special car: the DTM Safety Car, an Audi RS 5.
The "Ball des Sports" is Europe's most successful charity gala for sport. Its partner is the DTM, Europe's most popular touring car racing series, in which Audi became the first automobile manufacturer in history to record a title hat-trick in 2007, 2008 and 2009. The new season opens on May 1 at the Hockenheimring and is officially rung in with the presentation in Wiesbaden on April 10.
"Ball des Sports" guests received a foretaste of the 2011 DTM at the "DTM Race Club", which opened late Saturday evening, and at which Timo Scheider and Martin Tomczyk and their respective partners Jessica Hinterseer and Christina Surer met many other well-known athletes. The two DTM stars also tried their hand at wheelchair basketball and thus got an idea of how to operate disabled sports.