Green ends the 2011 season with a win

Mercedes driver Jamie Green has secured his first win of the 2011 DTM season – and just the third win for the manufacturer all year – at the season-ending race at Hockenheim, and the last ever race under the series’ current regulations.

Green got the jump on pole-sitter Molina The British driver out-sprinted pole-sitter Miguel Molina off the line into Turn 1, and was never headed in the 38-lap race.

Molina fell two positions to finish third – his first ever podium finish – while newly-crowned DTM champion Martin Tomczyk claimed second place.

Tomczyk got by Molina’s Audi on the opening lap as the pack funnelled into the circuit’s tight hairpin at the end of the back ‘straight’, but he was unable to keep pace with Green, who cruised to victory with a margin of more than seven seconds over the German.

Fourth place when to Mike Rockenfeller, who struggled in his first stint and elected to BMW showed off its 2012 liveryrun an alternative strategy by making his first tyre change earlier than much of the pack. This was enough to vault him ahead of Abt Audi team-mate Timo Scheider.

Gary Paffett was another driver to try an early pit stop, peeling into the pits on the same lap as Rockenfeller. His fresher tyres saw him get by Scheider as well when the German exited the pits.

Despite being quicker than Rockenfeller, Paffet was unable to find a way past him for the rest of the race.

Tomczyk gets his hands on the champion's silverware Scheider’s fall down the order continued, and next up was Audi’s Mattias Ekström, who got by his team-mate with eight laps to go to finish sixth – the result was enough to see the Swede claim runners-up honours in the Drivers’ Championship ahead of Bruno Spengler, who finished out of the points in ninth place, one spot behind Oliver Jarvis.

Spengler’s cause wasn’t helped when he ran wide at the Mercedes Arena on the opening lap to drop from seventh to ninth, and with an Audi freight train keeping him at bay to protect Ekström’s run at more points, he was consigned to a point-less day.

David Coulthard finished last in the race after he lost time in his first pit stop when he ran over a crew member, while fellow Mercedes runner Christian Vietoris was the race’s only retiree when his right-front wheel parted company with his car after his first pit stop.

 

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2011 DTM Race of Hockenheim II Final Classification (38 laps):

Driver Entrant / Car Result
1. Jamie Green GBR HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes 1:00:45.734
2. Martin Tomczyk DEU Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi + 7.620
3. Miguel Molina ESP Abt Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi + 10.142
4. Mike Rockenfeller DEU Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi + 22.486
5. Gary Paffett GBR HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes + 23.985
6. Mattias Ekström SWE Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi + 24.418
7. Timo Scheider DEU Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi + 32.358
8. Oliver Jarvis GBR Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi + 32.840
9. Bruno Spengler CDN HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes + 33.201
10. Filipe Albuquerque POR Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi + 34.967
11. Ralf Schumacher DEU HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes + 36.068
12. Renger van der Zande NED Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes + 42.319
13. Edoardo Mortara ITA Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi + 46.307
14. Maro Engel DEU Mücke Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes + 46.772
15. Susie Wolff GBR Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes + 54.523
16. Rahel Frey SUI Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi + 1:02.122
17. David Coulthard GBR Mücke Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes 1 lap behind
           
  NOT CLASSIFIED        
DNF. Christian Vietoris DEU Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes 10 laps

[Images via DTM official site]

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