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2001 DTM Season
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Bernd Schneider, successful in defending his title.
Season Information
Number of Rounds 9
First Round Hockenheim
Last Round DTM Season Finale
Manufacturers Audi
Mercedes AMG
Opel
Tyre Supplier(s) Dunlop
DTM Championship
Champion Second Third
Flag of Germany Bernd Schneider Flag of Germany Uwe Alzen Flag of Britain Peter Dumbreck
161 Pt(s) 101 Pt(s) 88 Pt(s)
Teams' Championship
Champion Second Third
Flag of Germany HWA I Flag of Germany HWA II Flag of Germany Manthey Racing
249 Pt(s) 177 Pt(s) 117 Pt(s)
Brand Championship
Champion Second Third
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unknown Pt(s) unknown Pt(s) unknown Pt(s)
Season Guide
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2002
The 2001 DTM Season became the second edition of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Championship after it was reformed in 2000. The 2001 edition saw the Championship expanded to ten rounds, with the inclusion of two races outside of Germany, with visits to Austria and the Netherlands, the first foreign races for the return of the DTM.

The structure of the race weekends were also modified, featuring a short qualifying race, staged on Saturday, followed by a conventional "main race" on Sunday. Points were awarded to the top three in the qualifying race, which also set the starting order for the main race that would run for forty minutes.

The new format saw six different winners on the Sunday, but a strong season for Bernd Schneider saw him become the first driver to retain their DTM crown in either guise.[1] His tally of 161 was 60 more than stable mate Uwe Alzen, while Schneider's team mate Peter Dumbreck completed a clean sweep of the podium for Mercedes. It was also a clean sweep of the top three in the Teams' Championship for the Stuttgart squad, in what was arguably their most dominant season.

Laurent Aïello was the first non-Mercedes driver in the Championship, racing for the still semi-factory backed Abt-Audi squad.[1] Opel had also stayed in the DTM for 2001, and saw their best driver in the form of Manuel Reuter, down in ninth place.

The new season was also an important step in the evolution of the DTM, as several drivers from the original version were phased out. Abt-Audi notably opted to blood new talent in the form of Martin Tomczyk and Mattias Ekström, who were paired together in the Junior Abt Sportsline team. Christijan Albers was another rookie to début that season, having been offered a drive at Persson Motorsport for Mercedes.

BackgroundEdit

CalendarEdit

The 2001 season would follow roughly the same time table as the previous year, albeit with the season opener at Hockenheim scheduled a month earlier in April.[1] Rounds would be held at all six host venues in 2001, with two visits to the Nürburgring, while Hockenheim would host the season finale.[1] Yet, the DTM was already looking to broaden its horizons, adding the A1 Ring in Austria, and Zandvoort to the calendar towards the end of the season.

The full 2001 Championship calendar is displayed below:

2001 DTM Season Calendar
Round Circuit Date Report
First Day Last Day
I Flag of Germany Hockenheimring 20th April 2001 22nd April 2001 Report
II Flag of Germany Nürburgring 4th May 2001 6th May 2001 Report
III Flag of Germany Oschersleben 18th May 2001 20th May 2001 Report
IV Flag of Germany Sachsenring 15th June 2001 17th June 2001 Report
V Flag of Germany Norisring 6th July 2001 8th July 2001 Report
VI Flag of Germany Lausitzring 10th August 2001 12th August 2001 Report
VII Flag of Germany Nürburgring 24th August 2001 26th August 2001 Report
VIII Flag of Austria A1-Ring 7th September 2001 9th September 2001 Report
IX Dutch Flag Zandvoort 21st September 2001 23rd September 2001 Report
X Flag of Germany Hockenheimring 5th October 2001 7th October 2001 Report

RegulationsEdit

The regulations concerning technology were largely the same as they had been for 2000, although manufacturers were allowed to field "2001-spec" cars, while also allowing customer teams to use older equipment. Aerodynamic tweaks were largely the difference between old and new, with the same V8, air restricted engine designs from 2000 still to be used.

TechnicalEdit

SportingEdit

The new Championship saw the use of a new scoring system, with 20 points awarded to the winner of each race. Second would receive 15, third 12 and fourth ten with the following drivers given 8, 6, 4, 3, 2, and 1 respectively. The final point would be awarded to the driver who finished tenth.

"Main Race" Points
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
20 15 12 10 8 6 4 3 2 1

The new qualifying format also awarded points, intended to increase the excitement in the session by using a race format. First, second and third would be rewarded three, two and one point respectively, with the field starting in the order that the quali-race finished.

"Quali-race" Points
1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 1

Fastest lap remained an unrewarded feat in the DTM.

Season ReportEdit

Intrigue built ahead of the 2001 season with the introduction of rounds outside of Germany, despite the fact that it was the evolution of the DTM into an international series that had ended its original run in 1996. If the A1 Ring and Zandvoort drew large attendance figures, then the reborn DTM would be a success, although if they flopped, then the new DTM may well have been snuffed out before it had properly begun.

Pre-SeasonEdit

Round I: HockenheimEdit

The 21st of April would be the date for the first race of the season, held at Hockenheim on the national circuit.

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2001 Hockenehim I article.


RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2001 Hockenheim I article.


Round II: NürburgringEdit

The first visit to the Nürburgring would occur during the first weekend of May, with the national layout used instead of the Grand Prix course.

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2001 Nürburgring I article.

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2001 Nürburgring I article.

Round III: OscherslebenEdit

Oschersleben only got to host the DTM once in 2001, with the only visit scheduled for the 20th of May.

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the Oschersleben 2001 article.

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the Oschersleben 2001 article.

Round IV: SachsenringEdit

Round four of the 2001 Championship was the be held at the Sachsenring came on the 17th of June, but clashed with the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the Sachsenring 2001 article.

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the Sachsenring 2001 article.

Round V: NorisringEdit

The Norisring saw its chance to host the DTM in mid-July before a month long break in the action.

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the Norisring 2001 article.

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the Norisring 2001 article.

Round VI: LausitzringEdit

The Lausitzring was scheduled for the DTM once again, and hoped to host at least one Championship race weather permitting.

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the Lausitzring 2001 article.

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the Lausitzring 2001 article.

Round VII: NürburgringEdit

Late August saw the return of the Championship to the Nürburgring, again using the national layout.

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2001 Nürburgring II article.

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2001 Nürburgring II article.

Round VIII: A1 RingEdit

The fateful weekend for the Championship would come on the 7th of September, when the Austrian based A1 Ring hosted the DTM for the first time since its reformation

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the A1 Ring 2001 article.

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the A1 Ring 2001 article.

Round IX: ZandvoortEdit

The second test for the DTM would be the penultimate round, when the series headed to the sand dunes of Zandvoort in the Netherlands on the 23rd of September.

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the Zandvoort 2001 article.

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the Zandvoort 2001 article.

Round X: DTM Season FinaleEdit

The first week of October was to see the conclusion of the Championship back at Hockenheim, again using the national circuit.

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2001 Hockenheim II article.

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2001 Hockenheim II article.

EntriesEdit

Twenty two cars were entered throughout the 2001 DTM season, with Mercedes building ten, Opel fielding eight and Abt-Audi completing four cars. With the smallest compliment, Abt-Audi were able to equip all their drivers with new equipment, while Mercedes and Opel would have to split their drivers between old and new. All three teams retained their lead drivers from 2000, although Abt-Audi and Mercedes added fresh blood in several of their cars to challenge the old guard.

The full 2001 entry list is shown below:

2001 DTM Championship Entry List
Entrant No. Nat. Name Abbr. Rnds.
Flag of GermanyHWA I
AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM 2001
1 Flag of Germany Bernd Schneider BSC All
2 Flag of Britain Peter Dumbreck DUM All
Flag of Germany OPCTeam Holzer I
Opel Astra V8 Coupé DTM
3 Flag of Germany Joachim Winkelhock WIN All
4 Flag of Germany Timo Scheider TSC All
11 Flag of Germany Michael Bartels BAR All
Flag of Germany HWA II
AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM 2001
5 Flag of Germany Uwe Alzen ALZ All
6 Flag of Switzerland Marcel Fässler FAS All
Flag of Germany OPCTeam Phoenix
Opel Astra V8 Coupé DTM
7 Flag of Germany Manuel Reuter REU All
8 Flag of Belgium Yves Olivier OLI All
Flag of Germany Manthey Racing
AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM 2001
9 Flag of Germany Bernd Mayländer MAE 1-2, 6-10
Flag of Germany Marcel Tiemann TIE 3-5
10 Dutch Flag Patrick Hulsman HUL All
Flag of Germany Persson Motorsport
AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM 2000
14 Flag of Germany Thomas Jäger JAE All
15 Dutch Flag Christijan Albers ALB All
Flag of Germany OPC Euroteam
Opel Astra V8 Coupé DTM
16 Flag of Switzerland Alain Menu MEN All
17 Flag of Germany Hubert Haupt HAU All
Flag of Germany Team Rosberg
Abt-Audi TT-R
18 Flag of Germany Christian Abt ABT All
19 Flag of France Laurent Aïello AIE 1-3, 5-10
Flag of Denmark Kris Nissen NIS 4
Flag of Germany Mamerow Racing Team
Opel Astra V8 Coupé DTM
20 Flag of Germany Peter Mamerow MAM All
Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline Junior
Abt-Audi TT-R
22 Flag of Germany Martin Tomczyk TOM All
23 Flag of Sweden Mattias Ekström EKS All
Flag of Germany Team Rosberg
AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM 2000
24 Flag of Portugal Pedro Lamy LAM 1-2
Flag of Belgium David Saelens SAE 3-10
42 Flag of Britain Darren Turner TUR All

CoverageEdit

Final StandingsEdit

2000 saw two titles on offer, one for drivers and one for teams. The driver's would compete for the DTM Championship, awarded with a trophy at the season finale, while the Teams' would be offered prize money based on their finishing position. There would be no prize on offer for the three manufacturers, with Mercedes-Benz, Opel and Abt-Audi content not to pursue a third title.

DTM ChampionshipEdit

Three "main race" wins for Bernd Schneider saw the German defend his DTM crown, becoming the first driver to defend a DTM title in any form. Indeed, Schneider managed to finish on the podium in all of the main races bar one, and beat stable mate Uwe Alzen to the title by 60 points. Peter Dumbreck claimed third ahead of Marcel Fässler, with Laurent Aïello the first non-Mercedes driver in fifth for Abt-Audi. Manuel Reuter was the best of the Opel racers down in ninth.

The full results from the 2001 DTM Championship are outlined below:

2001 DTM Championship
Pos Driver Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Dutch Flag Flag of Germany Pts
Q R Q R Q R Q R Q R Q R Q R Q R Q R Q R
1st BSC 1st 1st 6th 2nd 3rd 2nd 4th 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 2nd 4th 6th 1st 1st 10th 3rd Ret 3rd 161
2nd ALZ 5th 4th 7th 19th 4th 3rd 11th Ret 2nd 1st 1st Ret 2nd 2nd 3rd 3rd 7th 1st 7th 7th 101
3rd DUM 2nd 3rd 3rd 8th 5th 4th 1st 6th 7th 5th 4th 1st Ret DNS 2nd Ret 3rd 7th 3rd 2nd 88
4th FAS 7th 2nd 8th 5th 1st 1st 6th 8th 4th Ret 2nd 8th 7th Ret 7th 6th 6th 5th Ret 5th 76
5th AIE 8th 7th 1st 1st 2nd 5th 10th 12th 6th 12th 1st 1st 4th 2nd 5th Ret Ret DNS 75
6th HUL 16th Ret 12th 7th 7th 9th 5th 3rd Ret 7th Ret 5th 10th 3rd 12th 5th 4th 4th 1st 18th 63
7th JAE 3rd 5th 4th 3rd 9th 10th 14th 13th 20th DNS 7th 4th Ret 4th Ret DNS 12th 12th 12th 10th 43
8th EKS 17th DNS 10th 9th 6th 7th 2nd 5th 11th 9th Ret 3rd 6th 14th Ret 11th 2nd Ret 6th 6th 38
9th REU 12th 12th Ret DNS 13th 15th 8th 14th 15th 8th 13th 7th 12th 5th 13th 4th 9th 13th 11th 4th 35
10th ABT 10th 10th NC Ret 8th 6th 3rd 9th 5th 17th 5th 18th 3rd DSQ 18th DNS 1st 2nd 8th 11th 29
11th MAY 9th 9th 11th 20th 8th 13th 5th 7th 9th Ret Ret DNS 2nd 1st 28
12th TIE 12th 8th 7th 4th 3rd 3rd 26
13th TOM 20th Ret 2nd 4th 10th 20th 21st 7th 16th 10th Ret 6th 9th Ret 6th Ret 16th Ret Ret 16th 23
14th ALB 13th 13th 13th 12th 11th 11th 16th 2nd 13th 16th 12th 16th 8th 9th 11th Ret 8th Ret 14th 9th 19
15th TUR 6th 8th 9th 16th 14th DSQ 9th Ret Ret 11th 10th 9th Ret 8th 14th 10th 15th 8th 9th 8th 15
16th WIN Ret DNS 19th 13th 21st 17th 15th Ret 6th 4th Ret 14th 16th 13th 16th 9th Ret DNS Ret DNS 12
17th LAM 4th 6th 5th 6th 12
18th BAR 14th Ret 20th 14th 17th 14th 17th 10th 8th 6th 14th Ret 14th 11th 8th Ret 18th 10th 4th 12th 8
19th TSC 15th 11th 16th 10th 18th 12th 13th 12th 9th Ret 9th 11th 11th Ret Ret DNS 13th 6th 5th Ret 7
20th HAU 18th 15th 15th 15th 20th 18th 10th Ret 17th Ret 15th 15th 17th 16th 17th 7th 17th 15th Ret 13th 4
21st SAE 19th 19th 12th 11th 12th 13th 16th 10th 13th 10th 10th Ret 11th 9th 13th 15th 4
22nd OLI 19th 14th 14th 11th 15th 13th 18th Ret 14th Ret 17th Ret 15th Ret 15th 8th 19th 14th 16th Ret 3
23rd MEN 11th Ret 17th 17th 16th 16th 22nd Ret 18th 14th 11th 19th Ret 12th 5th Ret 14th 11th 10th 14th 0
24th MAM 21st 16th 18th 18th Ret Ret 20th Ret 19th 15th 18th 17th 18th 15th Ret DNS 20th Ret 15th 17th 0
25th NIS 19th Ret 0

Teams' ChampionshipEdit

The final standings for the 2001 Teams' Championship are outlined below:

2001 DTM Teams' Championship
Pos. Team Driver Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Dutch Flag Flag of Germany Pts.
Q R Q R Q R Q R Q R Q R Q R Q R Q R Q R
1st HWA I BSC 1st 1st 6th 2nd 3rd 2nd 4th 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 2nd 4th 6th 1st 1st 10th 3rd Ret 3rd 249
DUM 2nd 3rd 3rd 8th 5th 4th 1st 6th 7th 5th 4th 1st Ret DNS 2nd Ret 3rd 7th 3rd 2nd
2nd HWA II ALZ 5th 4th 7th 19th 4th 3rd 11th Ret 2nd 1st 1st Ret 2nd 2nd 3rd 3rd 7th 1st 7th 7th 177
FAS 7th 2nd 8th 5th 1st 1st 6th 8th 4th Ret 2nd 8th 7th Ret 7th 6th 6th 5th Ret 5th
3rd MR MAY 9th 9th 11th 20th 8th 13th 5th 7th 9th Ret Ret DNS 2nd 1st 117
TIE 12th 8th 7th 4th 3rd 3rd
HUL 16th Ret 12th 7th 7th 9th 5th 3rd Ret 7th Ret 5th 10th 3rd 12th 5th 4th 4th 1st 18th
4th AS ABT 10th 10th NC Ret 8th 6th 3rd 9th 5th 17th 5th 18th 3rd DSQ 18th DNS 1st 2nd 8th 11th 104
AIE 8th 7th 1st 1st 2nd 5th 10th 12th 6th 12th 1st 1st 4th 2nd 5th Ret Ret DNS
NIS 19th Ret
5th PM JAE 3rd 5th 4th 3rd 9th 10th 14th 13th 20th DNS 7th 4th Ret 4th Ret DNS 12th 12th 12th 10th 128
ALB 13th 13th 13th 12th 11th 11th 16th 2nd 13th 16th 12th 16th 8th 9th 11th Ret 8th Ret 14th 9th
6th AS J TOM 20th Ret 2nd 4th 10th 20th 21st 7th 16th 10th Ret 6th 9th Ret 6th Ret 16th Ret Ret 16th 61
EKS 17th DNS 10th 9th 6th 7th 2nd 5th 11th 9th Ret 3rd 6th 14th Ret 11th 2nd Ret 6th 6th
7th OPC TP REU 12th 12th Ret DNS 13th 15th 8th 14th 15th 8th 13th 7th 12th 5th 13th 4th 9th 13th 11th 4th 38
OLI 19th 14th 14th 11th 15th 13th 18th Ret 14th Ret 17th Ret 15th Ret 15th 8th 19th 14th 16th Ret
8th PM LAM 4th 6th 5th 6th 31
SAE 19th 19th 12th 11th 12th 13th 16th 10th 13th 10th 10th Ret 11th 9th 13th 15th
TUR 6th 8th 9th 16th 14th DSQ 9th Ret Ret 11th 10th 9th Ret 8th 14th 10th 15th 8th 9th 8th
9th OPC TR I WIN Ret DNS 19th 13th 21st 17th 15th Ret 6th 4th Ret 14th 16th 13th 16th 9th Ret DNS Ret DNS 19
TSC 15th 11th 16th 10th 18th 12th 13th 12th 9th Ret 9th 11th 11th Ret Ret DNS 13th 6th 5th Ret
10th OPC TR II BAR 14th Ret 20th 14th 17th 14th 17th 10th 8th 6th 14th Ret 14th 11th 8th Ret 18th 10th 4th 12th 8
11th OPC E MEN 11th Ret 17th 17th 16th 16th 22nd Ret 18th 14th 11th 19th Ret 12th 5th Ret 14th 11th 10th 14th 4
HAU 18th 15th 15th 15th 20th 18th 10th Ret 17th Ret 15th 15th 17th 16th 17th 7th 17th 15th Ret 13th
12th MRT MAM 21st 16th 18th 18th Ret Ret 20th Ret 19th 15th 18th 17th 18th 15th Ret DNS 20th Ret 15th 17th 0

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 '2001: SCHNEIDER AGAIN', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 2016), http://www.dtm.com/en/history/2001-season, (Accessed 22/02/2016)

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