Audi has named Dieter Gass to hold the newly created role of Head of Racing Commitments effective January 1, extending the leadership team and reinforcing the squad for the 2012 motor sport season.
Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich disclosed that they are faced with a "particularly challenging" racing season with two intensive and high-caliber programs in the new FIA World Endurance Championship and in the DTM with various overlaps of calendar dates, the development of new technologies and new strong competitors.
Ullrich added that they examined areas wherein they might benefit from reinforcements to meet the challenges, which are growing. Among the solutions seen was the new position, which is filled by Gass, for centralized optimization of the team's racing commitments
Gass, who holds an engineering degree, worked for Audi Sport from November 1994 to March 2001 as an engineer. He was assigned in the super touring car department until 1999, then in AUDI AG's sports prototype involvement as a race engineer at the Le Mans 24 Hours, among others.
Gass joined Toyota's Formula One project from 2001 to 2009 with a leading role. He was a test engineer at first, then as vehicle engineer to current Audi factory driver Allan McNish. Beginning 2005, he was chief engineer for every tests and racing commitments.
After Toyota withdrew from Formula One, Gass joined the Lotus Formula One team as deputy technical director. As of 2010, he served as the sporting director of the team at the Grand Prix races. He also represented it at the FIA.