'All these results speak volumes and show that they are a great team. That's not a matter of course, but something you have to work hard on every day.' Thomas Kiechle was simply enthusiastic about the sporting successes the team achieved in the past season. The 'Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler' team was able to secure the team world championship in Formula E and finished second and fifth in the individual standings with drivers Lucas Di Grassi and Daniel Abt. In addition to the sporting factors, Kiechle also paid tribute to the entrepreneurial commitment of Hans-Jürgen Abt: They celebrated their 35th anniversary of service in September. 'They have a special vision and recognize new potentials and business areas early on. We are very proud that they have their location in Kempten and, as Kempten citizens, make our city known throughout the world in this way.' In addition, he reminded once again of the award of 'Auto Bild Sportscars' and 'Auto Bild Motorsport' as 'Entrepreneur Personality of the Year 2017' for Abts' merits in the areas of tuning and motor sports.
For Hans-Jürgen Abt and his team, the award is an incentive for new victories: 'We always want to win'. Afterwards, he gave those present an insight into the future plans of the Kempten-based company: 'We will produce electric vehicles of the VW Caddy and VW Bus series in large quantities with VW in Kempten in the future.'
Asked about the targets for the coming Formula E season, he announced: 'We want to come back in 2019.'