As a two-time champion and one of the longest serving drivers, TimoScheider has already become a legend of the DTM championship.
From karting to German Formula 3
Timo was born on 10th of November 1978 in Lahnstein, a small town near Koblenz in Rheinland-Palatinate, Germany. Lo and behold, Scheider made his racing debut in karting in 1989. Over the years, he won some regional competitions before entering German Junior Kart Cup in 1993. He finished 7th that year but in the following year he became a champion.
Timo Scheider, double DTM champion
The chain of events was logical. In 1995, he became the German Formula Renault 1800 Championship title winner. The following year, he finished 4th in the German Formula Renault 2000 Championship and he was ready for the next challenge – German Formula 3 Championship. He spent three years in the series, recording variable results. Timo’s best year in this championship was 1997, his rookie season, when he was a runner-up.
At the dawn of the new millennium, Scheider got a chance to test himself in probably the most popular racing series in Germany – DTM. He became a driver of OPC Team Holzer’s Opel Astra V8 Coupe. Timo spent three years with a team and those years were good to pick experience. The results weren’t memorable as he failed to score a single podium finish. His best achievement was 8th place overall in the 2002 championship.
Timo Scheider, Opel DTM
In 2003, Scheider changed team and became a member of OPC Team Phoenix, but that hasn’t changed anything in the terms of results as he again finished 8th in the championship, again without a podium finish. For the 2004 campaign, he returned to Team Holzer, but this time behind a wheel of Opel Vectra GTS V8. For the third time in-a-row, Timo gained the 8th place, still waiting for the first podium of his DTM career.
Good results in endurance racing
Probably somewhat disappointed, Timo Scheider left DTM, but still had a very busy schedule, turning attention to GT racing. In 2005, Timo Scheider won the 24 Hours of Spa, scored a class win at 24 Hours of Nurburgring and finished as FIA GT Championship runner-up. In the same time, he was selected for A1 Team Germany and finished second at Laguna Seca.
Timo Scheider, 24 Hours of Spa 2005
Return to DTM
After a stint in various racing series, Timo Scheider returned to DTM in 2006, with Audi Team Rosberg. Again, results weren’t as desired and he finished 10th overall. Moving to Abt Sportsline team and AudiA4 results slightly started to improve. In 2007 DTM season he finally grabbed a place at the podium, finishing second in the final race of the season at Hockenheim while in the Drivers’ championship Timo finished 7th what was his best result.
Timo Scheider wins two consecutive DTM titles with Audi
Maybe a bit surprisingly, Timo Scheider exploded in 2008. He gained his first DTM victory at Oschersleben than was the winner at Brands Hatch and finally won the season-closing race at Hockenheim. In a meantime, he was the second at the season opener at Hockenheim, at Laundering, Zandvoort and Catalunya circuit what was more than enough to win the DTM title.
Timo Scheider won the DTM titles in 2008 and 2009
As the DTM champion, Scheider was under heavier pressure but he defended his crown in 2009. That year he scored two wins (Oschersleben and Catalunya) and with four finishes at the second position, he scored enough points to defend the title, becoming only the second pilot in the history of DTM, after Bernd Schneider, who managed to do that. Interestingly, in both seasons in which Timo won the title, the British drivers were runner-ups. In 2008, that was Paul Di Resta while in 2009 that was Gary Paffett.
Long period without a win
Unfortunately, Scheider couldn’t become the first DTM driver with three consecutive titles. In 2010, still as the member of AudiSport, he won the race at Adria International Raceway and had four podium finishes, but that enough only for the 4th place. The same position he has won in the following year and after that results slowly started to get worse.
Driving an Audi, 2011 DTM Oschersleben
In 2012 Scheider was 14th in the championship, climbing to 10th in the following year, his last with Abt team. Since 2014, Timo is driving for Team Phoenix with which he was 9th that year. Finally, in 2015 he managed to win a DTM race after four years, during final weekend at Hockenheim, showing that he is still capable of achieving top results. Unfortunately, he was only the 18th that year what is one of the worst rankings in his career so far.
Class podium finish at 24 Hours of Le Mans
Not to forget, Timo Scheider also has one appearing at 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 2010, driving a Porsche 997 GT3, alongside Marco Holzer and Richard Westbrook, he finished 3rd in the GT2 class and 14th overall.
Video - Timo Scheider in the main role of 'Push him out' DTM scandal
Timo, who graduated from vocational school for economy and administration, lives with his family in Lochau near Bregenz in Austria and out of racing he is interested in cooking and snowboarding.