Christian Abt

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Abt at the 2008 Norisring-Race

Christian Abt (born 8 May 1967) is a race car driver born in Kempten, Germany, into a family of amateur race drivers and car dealers.

His elder brother Hans-Jürgen Abt runs the Abt Sportsline Audi racing teams as well as their tuning company for Audi and Volkswagen.

Christian Abt started his career in motocross and then moved on to German Formula BMW. He went on to become the 1991 champion.

In 1992 he won the German Formula Three Championship B-Cup.

Driving a privately entered Audi A4 with the quattro 4-Wheel-Drive as this was banned for factory entrants, he won the German Supertouring Championship (STW) in 1999, the last season of this series, under controversial circumstances, taking the title only after the STW annulled the last lap of the final round of the Nürburgring.

Still considered as privateers, Abt entered the new Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters with hastily built cars similar to Audi TT. When driving an Audi R8 for Joest Racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year, Abt called no other than Roland Asch to step in.

Racing record[edit]

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1999 United Kingdom Audi Sport UK Ltd. Sweden Stefan Johansson
Monaco Stéphane Ortelli
Audi R8C LMGTP 55 DNF DNF
2000 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Italy Michele Alboreto
Italy Rinaldo Capello
Audi R8 LMP900 365 3rd 3rd

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2000 Abt Sportsline 1 Abt-Audi TT-R 2000 HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

Ret
OSC
1
OSC
2
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

DNS
SAC
1

Ret
SAC
2

DNS
NÜR
1

18
NÜR
2

18
LAU
1

C
LAU
2

C
OSC
1

10
OSC
2

Ret
NÜR
1

19
NÜR
2

14
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

Ret
19th 1
2001 Team Abt Sportsline Audi TT-R DTM 2001 HOC
QR

10
HOC
CR

10
NÜR
QR

NC
NÜR
CR

Ret
OSC
QR

8
OSC
CR

6
SAC
QR

3
SAC
CR

9
NOR
QR

5
NOR
CR

17
LAU
QR

5
LAU
CR

18
NÜR
QR

3
NÜR
CR

DSQ
A1R
QR

18
A1R
CR

DNS
ZAN
QR

1
ZAN
CR

2
HOC
QR

8
HOC
CR

11
10th 29
2002 Abt Sportsline Abt-Audi TT-R HOC
QR

4
HOC
CR

7
ZOL
QR

5
ZOL
CR

2
DON
QR

12
DON
CR

2
SAC
QR

8
SAC
CR

16†
NOR
QR

DSQ
NOR
CR

DNS
LAU
QR

3
LAU
CR

7
NÜR
QR

5
NÜR
CR

9
A1R
QR

12
A1R
CR

9
ZAN
QR

2
ZAN
CR

7
HOC
QR

5
HOC
CR

13
7th 15
2003 Abt Sportsline Abt-Audi TT-R 2003 HOC
20†
ADR
DSQ
NÜR
8
LAU
9
NOR
7
DON
Ret
NÜR
Ret
A1R
Ret
ZAN
11
HOC
9
12th 3
2004 Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2004 HOC
Ret
EST
10
ADR
Ret
LAU
9
NOR
14†
SHA1
Ret
NÜR
13
OSC
9
ZAN
Ret
BRN
12
HOC
8
16th 1
2005 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi A4 DTM 2004 HOC
4
LAU
9
SPA
10
BRN
6
OSC
12
NOR
2
NÜR
10
ZAN
10
LAU
Ret
IST
Ret
HOC
14
9th 16
2006 Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2005 HOC
Ret
LAU
Ret
OSC
17
BRH
5
NOR
10
NÜR
10
ZAN
Ret
CAT
10
BUG
9
HOC
7
13th 6
2007 Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2006 HOC
Ret
OSC
10
LAU
17†
BRH
8
NOR
10
MUG
Ret
ZAN
6
NÜR
15
CAT
11†
HOC
15
16th 4

1 - Shanghai was a non-championship round.

  • † — Retired, but was classified as he completed 90% of the winner's race distance.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Johnny Cecotto
Super Tourenwagen Cup Champion
1999
Succeeded by
Bernd Schneider
2000 New DTM
Preceded by
Tim Bergmeister
ADAC GT Masters Champion
2009
Succeeded by
Peter Kox
Albert von Thurn und Taxis