The people behind the DTM
Hans Werner Aufrecht (Chairman)
Hans Werner Aufrecht was President of the old and is Chairman of the new DTM. His name stands for the success story of AMG as well as for a total of ten driver titles achieved by the teams he built in the DTM and the ITC. After having sold the majority interest in AMG to Daimler AG in 1999 he founded HWA GmbH as an independent racing department which he converted into a public limited company in 2007. Since then, he has completely retired from day-to-day business and dedicates all his energy to the DTM. In 2013 he was honoured by Auto Bild motorsport for his lifetime achievements.
Hans-Jürgen Abt (Deputy Chairman)
Hans-Jürgen Abt is a team director and the managing director of Abt Sportsline GmbH. The company headquartered in the Allgäu region of Bavaria has around 160 employees and is the world’s leading tuner for the brands of the Volkswagen Group as well as a development site for high-performance vehicles. The successful tradition of the racing team spans more than half a century. On the board of ITR e.V. Hans-Jürgen Abt, among other things, is responsible for legal, financial and HR matters of the DTM.
Walter Mertes (Board Member for Marketing/Sponsoring)
As founder and managing director of wm GmbH, Walter Mertes has been engaged in motorsport sponsoring for over 20 years. Among other things, Mertes and his agency are responsible for marketing racing series, events, teams and drivers. In the DTM, Walter Mertes looks back on such roles as driver, starter and safety steward. Now, as a board member, he is responsible for marketing the series and supporting its partners.
Florian Zitzlsperger (Board member marketing, communications and organisation)
Florian Zitzlsperger began his career at Audi AG in 1999. After his trainee programme, he held several positions in Brand strategy and at Audi Sport before assuming the position as Head of International Sports Marketing. From 2014 onwards he was responsible for Marketing Communications Management and Strategy, responsible for integration of marketing campaigns as well as the global Media Strategy, Product Placements and Brand Cooperations. In 2016, Zitzlsperger was appointed as full-time ITR GmbH managing director and also has been responsible for the areas marketing, communications and organisation, since then.
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Advisory Board Member)
With a PhD in engineering sciences, Dr Wolfgang Ullrich possesses a solid background. Before becoming head of motorsport at AUDI AG, the native of Vienna worked in the research and development departments of various companies in the automotive industry. Since November 1993 he has been heading the Audi Sport department of AUDI AG and is thus responsible for the commitment in the DTM and for sports prototype racing. Dr Wolfgang Ullrich has led the brand with the four rings to all of its twelve Le Mans victories and six DTM titles clinched so far.
Jens Marquardt (Advisory Board Member)
As motorsport director, Jens Marquardt has been responsible for all racing projects of the BMW brand since July 2011. After studying aerospace engineering he turned to automotive engineering right at the beginning of his professional career. From 1996 to 2000 he worked in development projects for Formula 1 and CART engines before assuming responsibility in various roles within Toyota’s Formula 1 project. He describes being at the helm of BMW Motorsport as his ‘dream job’ and the triple title in the 2012 comeback season as ‘motorsport history’.
Toto Wolff (Advisory Board Member)
After a brief career as an amateur racer in which he achieved endurance racing victories Toto Wolff founded the investment firms Marchfifteen in 1998 and Marchsixteen in 2004, with a focus on strategic investments in medium-sized industrial companies and publicly quoted companies. This included HWA AG’s going public. Wolff has been a member of the supervisory board of HWA AG. Since 2013 he has been responsible for the entire factorybacked motorsport commitment of Mercedes-Benz.