The Ingolstadt marque will end its near-two decade long involvement in the DTM after 2020 to focus its entire factory effort on its Formula E programme.
Since the news was made official, the ITR has gone into overdrive to secure the future of the DTM, and it is understood that series chief Gerhard Berger has shortlisted upgraded GT3 cars and LMDh machines to replace the Class One platform.
Should the DTM move to GT3 cars, Audi could potentially continue in the series with the R8 LMS that is currently used in a variety of sportscar championships worldwide.
However, the situation is complicated by the fact that the German marque announced plans to cull the production of the road-going R8 in May, 2019.
"At the moment, the R8 is still being built," Audi motorsport boss Dieter Gass told Motorsport.com. "That's another discussion that's still ongoing at the moment.
"There is still no 100 percent clarity. We are currently working on our motorsport strategy. We're gonna look at all the possible cases.
"There is the portfolio of Audi. That is as much under discussion as the motorsport strategy. How and whether there will be such a sporty car in the future [to replace the R8] is not decided according to my information."
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