Bruno Spengler has put the icing on top of BMW’s impressive return to the DTM championship by securing the drivers’ title at today’s Hockenheim finale along with the manufacturers’ title as well as topping teams’ standings for Schnitzer.
Making a great start from third on the grid, Spengler eased pass title rival Gary Paffett, before overtaking polesitter Augusto Farfus to take the lead on the first lap. HWA Mercedes driver Paffett then found himself in second place after enjoying a more efficient pitstop than Farfus, meaning he could attack Spengler for the victory. The Briton managed to close the gap to just 1.1 seconds at one point, but had to settle for second place.
Farfus ended the weekend on the third step of the podium, finishing comfortably ahead of Jamie Green’s Mercedes C-Coupe. Green had arrived at the Hockenheimring with an outside chance of taking the title, but after qualifying a disappointing ninth on the grid, he did well to come home in fourth place.
Dirk Werner rounded out the top five for Schnitzer BMW, with Edoardo Mortara some distance behind him, capping off a very mixed year for Audi. David Coulthard retired from the race – and the series – after colliding with Timo Scheider on lap 23.
“Sensational. Awesome. Unbelievable. I still cannot believe what has just happened here. Massive congratulations to Bruno Spengler and BMW Team Schnitzer on winning the Drivers’ and Team titles. This is a big day for everyone at BMW Motorsport,” said an ecstatic Jens Marquardt.
Results after 42 laps:
1. B Spengler – BMW 1h07m59.069s
2. G Paffett – Mercedes + 2.214s
3. A Farfus – BMW + 11.954s
4. J Green – Mercedes + 23.479s
5. D Werner – BMW + 25.384s
6. E Mortara – Audi + 41.701s
7. A Priaulx – BMW + 42.265s
8. J Hand – BMW + 42.843s
9. R Schumacher – Mercedes + 43.878s
10. C Vietoris – Mercedes + 45.138s
11. F Albuquerque – Audi + 58.232s
12. T Scheider – Audi + 1m14.020s
13. S Wolff – Mercedes + 1m35.931s
14. M Tomczyk – BMW + 1 lap
15. R Merhi – Mercedes + 1 lap
16. R Frey – Audi + 1 lap