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.
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 run 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.
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.
2011 DTM Race of Hockenheim II Final Classification (38 laps):
|Driver||Entrant / Car||Result|
|1.||Jamie Green||HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009||1:00:45.734|
|2.||Martin Tomczyk||Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008||+ 7.620|
|3.||Miguel Molina||Abt Audi A4 DTM 2008||+ 10.142|
|4.||Mike Rockenfeller||Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009||+ 22.486|
|5.||Gary Paffett||HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009||+ 23.985|
|6.||Mattias Ekström||Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009||+ 24.418|
|7.||Timo Scheider||Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009||+ 32.358|
|8.||Oliver Jarvis||Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009||+ 32.840|
|9.||Bruno Spengler||HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009||+ 33.201|
|10.||Filipe Albuquerque||Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008||+ 34.967|
|11.||Ralf Schumacher||HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009||+ 36.068|
|12.||Renger van der Zande||Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008||+ 42.319|
|13.||Edoardo Mortara||Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008||+ 46.307|
|14.||Maro Engel||Mücke Mercedes C-Class 2008||+ 46.772|
|15.||Susie Wolff||Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008||+ 54.523|
|16.||Rahel Frey||Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008||+ 1:02.122|
|17.||David Coulthard||Mücke Mercedes C-Class 2008||1 lap behind|
|DNF.||Christian Vietoris||Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008||10 laps|
[Images via DTM official site]