Hockenheim -- On Sunday 1,300 mechanics from Audi partner businesses got an up-close view of the last -- and thrilling -- German Touring Car Masters (DTM) race of the season. AUDI AG invited service employees from southwest Germany to experience an exclusive day of racing and pit tours at the Hockenheimring racetrack.
Following the inaugural event at the Nurburgring, this was the second time that Bernd Hoffmann, Executive Director Service and Genuine Parts at AUDI AG, welcomed well over 1,000 Audi partner service employees to a German Touring Car Masters (DTM) race. In July, about 1,000 service employees from the western region, all waving red Audi flags and wearing baseball caps, cheered on the Audi DTM drivers. Now in October, mechanics from the southwest region traveled to Hockenheim and filled a fan area with Audi red.
"Audi wants to be number one in customer satisfaction by 2015. The efforts of the service employees in the dealerships and the high quality of their work are crucial to that," said Bernd Hoffmann.
On Sunday, as a thank you for their outstanding performance and as an incentive for the future, they were allowed into the pits to peek over the shoulders of their colleagues working for Audi Top Service driver Timo Scheider and the other Audi DTM teams. Audi Service organized a tour of the pits for them, with exclusive opportunities to watch the Audi DTM mechanics in action.
Other highlights of the event included a performance by cabaret artist and racing fan Django Asul. In the presence of the Head of Audi Motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, presenter Verena Wriedt drew the name of the person who won a ride in a racecar. The lucky winner was able to experience what it's like to test the historic racetrack to its limits at a speed of around 250 km/h (155 mph).