2008 DTM ChampionWith a victory in the finale at Hockenheim, Audi driver Timo Scheider clinched the title win in the most popular international touring car racing series and celebrated the biggest triumph in his career. In his private life, the 29-year-old driver from Lahnstein is a family man who prefers spending time with his girlfriend and his son to the stereotypical life of a racer.
Hockenheim, 26 October 2008, 3:03 p.m.: Timo Scheider has made his dream come true. Ever since the new DTM was launched in 2000 the Austrian-by-choice, barring a brief break, has been a member of the DTM family – today, he permanently entered his name in the annals of DTM history. In eleven races the Audi factory driver was on the podium eight times, the average of his grid positions equals the impressive value of 2.9. From "man of the hour" – as the media called him after his initial exploits – Scheider evolved into the "man of the year" and, arguably, there is no one in the paddock who would begrudge this success of the likeable German.
Driving his first kart at the age of ten and, with a special permit, a car at the age of 17 – the terrific speed at which Timo Scheider progressed in his youth was contrasted by the time he took in the DTM. The pasta fan had to contest 79 races before claiming his first DTM victory in April this year. But Scheider quickly acquired a taste for this position: he has not relinquished the lead of the standings ever since. "Today is the best day in my life as a racer because my biggest dream has come true," said Timo Scheider after the finsih of the finale at Hockenheim. "I can’t completely believe it myself yet. I want to thank my family, the whole Audi Sport squad, my team, Abt Sportsline, and all who believed in me and helped me to experience this great moment."
Speaking about family – it means everything to the passionate Supermoto fan. Lochau instead of Monaco, mowing the home lawn instead of attending champagne parties, relaxing on the sofa taking in the view of Lake Constance instead of walking across the red carpet – despite the fact that, at least since today, he ranks among the world’s best touring car drivers, Timo Scheider has remained a down-to-earth individual. Together with his "perennial" fiancée Jasmin – the couple have been together for almost ten years – who shares his enthusiasm for racing, and his son Loris, who just turned five, the DTM Champion forms a strong team.
"My family is not only the focal point of my private life, but at the race track they give me the support and peace I need as well," says Scheider. Often, his mother and father, who, incidentally, was the manager of a driving school for a long time, are in the paddock too. That Timo Scheider in such a setting kids around with son Loris, totally detached from the goings-on, always presents himself patiently and in good humour to fans and media, yet just minutes later puts his rivals in their place on the track, demonstrates his strength in the 2008 season.
That the horizons of the new DTM Champion, who, by the way, is only the second German title bearer in the new DTM besides record champion Bernd Schneider, are not limited to inflation pressures, damper settings and sector times is proved by the driver, who will soon be 30, time and again: together with his partner Jasmin the professional racer continually supports charitable causes, raises money for needy children. Over 20,000 euros were collected in just one carting event in August this year. "No big thing" for Scheider, who says, "One should never forget one’s roots. I’ve been so fortunate in my life and am happy whenever I get the chance to return some of this fortune."
This combination of being "normal" as well as popular is in high demand: while Scheider has always been a popular guest at countless Audi events and presentations of production vehicles, the computer games manufacturer, Nintendo, selected him to deliver their celebrity testimonial this year: together with Jasmin and son Loris he stars in a TV commercial accompanied by a huge media campaign.
Timo Scheider has worked hard for the success which he can now fully enjoy. His time in Formula 3 – culminating in second place of the 1997 championship – was followed by his entry into the DTM in 2000. After difficult years, he switched into a year-old car of the Audi squad in 2006. Delivering strong performances, Scheider after one year managed the leap into a new car of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, in which he accompanied Mattias Ekström on his way to the 2007 title. Now, Scheider has defended the Cup for Audi in the first year of the new A4 and follows his team-mate on the throne of touring car racing.
26 October 2008.
29th ADAC Motor Racer of the year
Timo Scheider is the winner of the 29th ADAC Motor Racer of the year poll. In a second ballot, the 2008 DTM Champion who was born in Lahnstein prevailed against up-and-coming Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel. At the same time, Formula 3 Euro Series Champion Nico Hülkenberg was elected ADAC Junior Motor Racer of the Year. The presentation ceremony will be held on 22nd November, within the scope of the ‘ADAC SportGala in Munich.
By electing Timo Scheider ADAC Motor Racer of the Year, the nine jury members - journalists and members of the ADAC Sports Committee - recognised the DTM Champion’s extraordinary achievements both on and off track. Thanks to his staying power, his extraordinary team-player qualities and - last but not least - his assertiveness in the battle for the DTM title, Timo is a true role model. Furthermore, the Audi driver impresses by his engagement for children that haven’t got the luck to live on the sunny side of life.
Scheider started his motor-racing career back in 1989, in kart racing. In 1995 he moved up to Formula Renault and two years later, he made the next step on the motor-racing ladder: in the German Formula 3 Championship. In 2003, the 29-year old won the Nürburgring 24-Hour Race. Since 2006, the new ADAC Motor Racer of the Year has been racing for the Audi works squad and previously, he contested many DTM seasons for Opel. The 2008 DTM title represents the highlight of his career to date.
The ADAC Motor Racer of the Year Award was awarded for the first time back in 1980 - to World Rally Champions Walter Röhrl and Christian Geistdörfer. As 2008 Motor Racer of the Year, Scheider also follows the footsteps of two time award winners Formula 1 Record World Champion Michael Schumacher and DTM Record Champion Bernd Schneider as well as five-time Motorbike World Champion Toni Mang.
Timo Scheider and Nico Hülkenberg will receive their awards at the ADAC SportGala held on 22nd November in Munich. Traditionally, the award winners will be presented the ADAC Christophorus made from Nymphenburg Porcelain.
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