DTM Season Finale: Ekstrom and Audi are on course for titles

  The DTM finale is set for the Hockenheimring, this weekend. This eventful season sees Audi at the forefront to take both Drivers and Manufacturers’ titles, unless something extraordinary should happen during the two final bouts…

At the previous race outing, the four-ring marque won the two races; Rene Rast winning the main race and Mattias Ekstrom winning the opener. To make it even more certain, four Audi drivers (Ekström on 172 points, Rast on 151, Jamie Green on 137 and Mike Rockenfeller on 134) are leading the drivers standings. The other contenders to the drivers’ title are BMW’s Marco Wittman, who lies fifth overall with 134 points, and Mercedes’ Lucas Auer in sixth (131 points).

In the manufacturers’ standings, Audi is 166 points ahead of Mercedes-Benz and 213 points ahead of BMW. In the teams’ standings, Audi Sport Team Rosberg is in the top spot, trailed in second place by Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline.

Unless something unfortunate should happen, there’s no denying that this will be the year of the four-ring marque…

In the BMW camp, Wittmann arrives at the season finale in fifth place, 38 points from the lead and still with a mathematical chance of retaining his title. The BMW teams are looking to bring an eventful season to a close with more positive results.

At the last event, Wittmann finished in the points in both races at the Red Bull Ring (AUT). With 134 points to his name, he currently lies fifth in the standings going into the finale. Wittmann trails Ekström by 38 points, with a total of 56 points available at Hockenheim.

Prior to the final round of the season, BMW has two further drivers in the top ten, namely Timo Glock in seventh place and Maxime Martin in ninth. BMW Team RBM, in fourth place, is the best of the BMW crews in the team competition, while BMW lies third in the manufacturers’ rankings with 484 points.

Mercedes-AMG DTM, in their last season in the German Touring Cars series, are looking to end things on a high note. Auer opened the 2017 DTM season with a win in the first race of the season at Hockenheim, while Gary Paffett finished runner-up the following day. Since then, things didn’t quite work out for the Silver Arrows.

In their last DTM outing, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport is the most successful manufacturer at Hockenheim with a tally of 34 victories since 1988.

Only Auer has a chance to possibly snatch the title from under Ekstrom’s nose. “I’m really looking forward to the final race and will try to get 100% out of my available package. The race weekend will definitely be one of the highlights on the calendar. There are always a lot of spectators there, and I feel sure that it’s going to be an action-packed occasion, because the championship is going to be decided one way or another,” said the Austrian.

The DTM finale features a visit from Japanese manufacturers Nismo and Lexus, who will complete a number of demonstration laps with their Touring cars.