The drivers of this year's Audi Sport TT Cup have completed a rigorous five-day fitness camp ahead of the 2016 season opener May 5th at Hockenheim.  Factory Audi driver Mattias Ekström was on hand to help train the up and coming racers, giving valuable insight into what it truly takes to become a top-tier motorsports champion.  Over the five days, participants were put through intense workouts including spinning, cross-country skiing, mountain runs, and presentations on staying fit.

The drivers will meet again early next month for pre-season testing at Hockenheim.

Read the full press release below.
  • Numerous highlights during season preparation in Oberstdorf 
  • DTM driver Mattias Ekström gives junior talents valuable tips
  • Audi Sport TT Cup Project Leader Philipp Mondelaers praises team spirit
During the five-day fitness camp for the 2016 Audi Sport TT Cup, the young participants of Audi’s one-make cup laid their foundations for the season. The international junior talents from eleven nations were assisted by two-time DTM Champion Mattias Ekström and World Mountain Running Champion Helmut Schießl, among others.
From the first day on, the fitness camp for the entrants of the 2016 Audi Sport TT Cup offered an action-packed program. It included orientation runs, spinning and Pilates courses, cross-country skiing practice, mountain runs and presentations on special topics. After nearly a week of top sporting performances and teambuilding activities, Project Leader Philipp Mondelaers provided a positive assessment of the event: “All the participants were highly motivated throughout the camp. There’s no doubt in my mind that we’re again going to see a very thrilling season in the Audi Sport TT Cup.”

Strenuous training elements and valuable tips awaited the entrants, whose average is 20 years, for instance at a mountain run with Long Distance World Champion Helmut Schießl. Audi factory driver Mattias Ekström delivered a presentation informing the young participants of what it takes to become a true motorsport champion besides talent. The two-time DTM title winner emphasized that meticulousness and staying power are two other indispensable traits on the road toward becoming a professional race driver. “Everyone listened with great interest and I was impressed by the competent questions asked by the youngsters, some of whom are only 16,” said Ekström.

The next highlight in the Audi Sport TT Cup will be on the young drivers’ agenda at the beginning of April. A driving test in the 310-hp Audi TT cup at the Hockenheimring and a professional media training session are still awaiting the participants in their pre-season preparation. The second season of the Audi one-make cup will start during the DTM season opener at Hockenheim on the first weekend in May.