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2002 DTM Season
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Laurent Aïello: The first man to best Schneider
Season Information
Number of Rounds 10
First Round Hockenheim
Last Round DTM Season Finale
Manufacturers Audi
Mercedes AMG
Opel
Tyre Supplier(s) Dunlop
DTM Championship
Champion Second Third
Flag of France Laurent Aïello Flag of Germany Bernd Schneider Flag of Sweden Mattias Ekström
70 Pt(s) 64 Pt(s) 50 Pt(s)
Teams' Championship
Champion Second Third
Flag of Germany HWA I Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline Flag of Germany HWA II
88 Pt(s) 85 Pt(s) 54 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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The 2002 DTM Season was the third season of the reborn DTM Championship, and ran from mid-April until early October. The season was dominated by the season long duel between Bernd Schneider and Laurent Aïello, a fight that would come down to the final race of the season.[1]

The structure of the race weekends was maintained from 2001, 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, although the series opted to adopt the FIA's then standard scoring system for the main race.

But, the attention for the 2002 season was on the title fight, as Aïello claimed four of the first five victories on offer.[1] Schneider responded during the second half of the season, but fell short at the final round despite winning the final race of the season, ultimately six behind. Mattias Ekström continued to show promise with the Abt Sportsline team, finishing third overall.

Although Schneider was defeated, his team HWA I claimed their third successive title in the Teams' Championship. Abt Sportsline claimed second, their best showing since the reborn DTM started, while HWA II backed their sister team by finishing third. Opel, however, struggled and saw their best team down in fifth with only 11 points to their name.

BackgroundEdit

CalendarEdit

2001 had been seen as an important step for the DTM, as the first rounds outside of Germany were hosted near the end of the season. Both the A1 Ring and Zandvoort were retained, while the organisers were so encouraged by the attendance figures that they added two further international rounds. Donington Park in the UK, and Zolder in Belgium were the latest circuits to join the DTM, while the round at Oschersleben was dropped to make room.

The full 2002 Championship calendar is displayed below:

2002 DTM Season Calendar
Round Circuit Date Report
First Day Last Day
I Flag of Germany Hockenheimring 19th April 2002 21st April 2002 Report
II Flag of Belgium Zolder 3rd May 2002 5th May 2002 Report
III Flag of Britain Donington Park 17th May 2002 19th May 2002 Report
IV Flag of Germany Sachsenring 31st May 2002 2nd June 2002 Report
V Flag of Germany Norisring 28th June 2002 30th June 2002 Report
VI Flag of Germany Lausitzring 12th July 2002 14th July 2002 Report
VII Flag of Germany Nürburgring 2nd August 2002 4th August 2002 Report
VIII Flag of Austria A1-Ring 6th September 2002 8th September 2002 Report
IX Dutch Flag Zandvoort 27th September 2002 29th September 2002 Report
X Flag of Germany Hockenheimring 4th October 2002 6th October 2002 Report

RegulationsEdit

Once again, the DTM continued with unchanged regulations, although updated "2002-spec" machines were allowed into the Championship. The standard FIA points system was also introduced in 2002, combined with points for the top three in qualifying. "2001-spec" cars were to be used in the series too, run by customer teams with limited factory support.

TechnicalEdit

SportingEdit

The standard FIA points system, as used in Formula One was introduced for 2002, and saw the winner awarded 10 points for victory. Second would receive 6, third 4, with the points then split by a single point until sixth, where a single point was awarded. Fastest lap was not awarded points during the "main race".

 
"Main Race" Points
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
10 6 4 3 2 1
"Quali-race" Points
1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 1

Qualifying once again 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.

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 one cars were entered for the 2002 DTM season, with Mercedes and Opel providing full factory built cars, and Audi continuing to provide a semi-works effort with Abt. Mercedes brought the biggest compliment of cars with ten, four of which were new "2002-spec", with Opel providing six. Abt-Audi supported five drivers in 2002, expanding their entry from four in the previous two seasons.

The full 2002 entry list is shown below:

2002 DTM Championship Entry List
Entrant No. Nat. Name Abbr. Rnds.
Flag of Germany HWA I
AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM 2002
1 Flag of Germany Bernd Schneider BSC All
2 Flag of France Jean Alesi ALE All
Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline I
Abt-Audi TT-R
3 Flag of France Laurent Aïello AIE All
10 Flag of Germany Christian Abt ABT All
Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline II
Abt-Audi TT-R
4 Flag of Austria Karl Wendlinger WEN All
9 Flag of Sweden Mattias Ekström EKS All
Flag of Germany HWA II
AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM 2002
5 Flag of Germany Uwe Alzen ALZ All
6 Flag of Switzerland Marcel Fässler FAS All
Flag of Germany OPC Team Phoenix
Opel Astra V8 Coupé DTM
7 Flag of Germany Manuel Reuter REU All
8 Flag of Germany Joachim Winkelhock WIN All
Flag of Germany Persson Motorsport
AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM 2001
11 Flag of Germany Thomas Jäger JAE All
12 Flag of Britain Peter Dumbreck DUM All
Flag of Germany OPC Team Holzer
Opel Astra V8 Coupé DTM
14 Flag of Germany Timo Scheider TSC All
15 Flag of Germany Michael Bartels BAR All
Flag of Germany Manthey Racing
AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM 2001
16 Flag of Germany Michael Tieman TIE 1
Flag of Germany Bernd Mayländer MAY 2-10
17 Dutch Flag Patrick Hulsman HUL All
Flag of Germany OPC Euroteam
Opel Astra V8 Coupé DTM
18 Flag of Switzerland Alain Menu MEN All
19 Flag of Belgium Yves Olivier OLI 1-7
31 Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto CEC 10
43 Flag of Finland JJ Lehto LEH 8
44 Flag of France Éric Hélary HEL 9
Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline Junior
Abt-Audi TT-R
23 Flag of Germany Martin Tomczyk TOM All
Flag of Germany Team Rosberg
AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM 2001
24 Flag of Germany Stefan Mücke MUC All
42 Dutch Flag Christijan Albers ALB 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 '2002: TT TIME', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 2016), http://www.dtm.com/en/history/2002-season, (Accessed 24/02/2016)

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