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2013 DTM Season
Mike Rockenfeller
The 2013 DTM Champion Mike Rockenfeller
Season Information
Number of Rounds 10
First Round Hockenheim
Last Round DTM Season Finale
Manufacturers Audi
BMW
Mercedes AMG
Tyre Supplier(s) Hankook
DTM Championship
Champion Second Third
Flag of Germany Mike Rockenfeller Flag of Brazil Augusto Farfus Canadian Flag Bruno Spengler
142 Pt(s) 116 Pt(s) 82 Pt(s)
Teams' Championship
Champion Second Third
Flag of Germany Phoenix Racing Flag of Germany BMW Team RBM Flag of Germany HWA Team
161 Pt(s) 148 Pt(s) 147 Pt(s)
Brand Championship
Champion Second Third
Flag of Germany BMW Flag of Germany Audi Flag of Germany Mercedes
369 Pt(s) 347 Pt(s) 266 Pt(s)
Season Guide
Previous
2012
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2014
The 2013 DTM Season was the fourteenth edition of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Championship since the series returned in 2000. With the season beginning an ending at the Championship's traditional home of Hockenheim (hosting races on the 5th of May and the 20th of October), the 2013 Championship was also the first that would see BMW as defending Champions since the 1990s.

As ever, the DTM's international appeal meant the series once again saw races outside of Germany, with visits to the United Kingdom, Austria, the Netherlands and, for the first time, Moscow in Russia.[1] Another addition to the Championship was the inclusion of the Drag Reduction System, brought across for Formula One, while the minimum weight of the cars was increased to counter recent aerodynamic developments.

There were also high profile changes on the driver front, headlined by the move of Jamie Green from Mercedes to bitter rivals Audi, having driven for the Stuttgarters for eight seasons.[2] Elsewhere, David Coulthard vacated his Mercedes seat to continue his commentating career, while German veteran Ralf Schumacher called time on his racing career.[3]

Rahel Frey and Susie Wolff also called time on their DTM careers at the end of 2012, opening the door for fresh blood. From the Formula 3 Euro Series, Mercedes drafted in Pascal Wehrlein and Daniel Juncadella, both having tested for them the season before.[3][4] BMW also gave two new faces a chance in the Championship, handing ex-F1 driver Timo Glock a drive, while also rewarding test driver Marco Wittmann a race seat in their expanded programme.

But, the new blood could do little to affect the 2013 Championship, as Mike Rockenfeller swept to his first DTM title with two wins and three further podiums. His tally of 142 beat that of Brazilian Augusto Farfus by 26, despite the fact that Farfus had won more races. Defending Champion Bruno Spengler picked up one win on his way to third, as Robert Wickens missed out on a first career win at the Norisring after the DMSB opted not to promote the rest of the field after Mattias Ekström's disqualification.

In the other Championships, BMW successfully fended off Audi to retain the Brands' Championship, while Rockenfeller's Team Phoenix snatched the Teams' Championship. Overall, however, 2013 proved to be another exciting chapter in the history of the DTM, with six different race winners, impressive performances, and the emergence of several new talents.

BackgroundEdit

CalendarEdit

For 2013, the DMSB and ITR e.V. agreed to a slight change after a historic agreement to use the new Moscow Raceway, following the recent decision by the World Touring Car Championship to race in Russia.[1] The round in Spain was dropped as a result, while the non-Championship demonstration at the Munich Olympic Stadium was removed due to time restraints.[1] Otherwise, eight of the circuits used in 2012 remained, with the ever popular Norisring marking the halfway point in the Championship.

The full 2013 Championship calendar is displayed below:

2013 DTM Season Calendar
Round Circuit Date Report
First Day Last Day
I Flag of Germany Hockenheimring 3rd May 2013 5th May 2013 Report
II Flag of Britain Brands Hatch 17th May 2013 20th May 2013 Report
III Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring 31st May 2013 2nd June 2013 Report
IV Flag of Germany Lausitzring 14th June 2013 16th June 2013 Report
V Flag of Germany Norisring 12th July 2013 14th July 2013 Report
VI Flag of Russia Moscow 2nd August 2013 4th August 2013 Report
VII Flag of Germany Nürburgring 16th August 2013 18th August 2013 Report
VIII Flag of Germany Oschersleben 13th September 2013 15th September 2013 Report
IX Dutch Flag Zandvoort 27th September 2013 29th September 2013 Report
X Flag of Germany Hockenheimring 18th October 2013 20th October 2013 Report

RegulationsEdit

2013 was the second season of the return of BMW, although there were few changes to the rules that affected the teams. All three agreed to an increase in the minimum race weight, while the FIA allowed the implementation of DRS for the series, although the rules surronding its use would be modified. Rumours of a technical collaboration with the Japanese Super GT series also emerged during the season, although they had little impact on the DTM in 2013.

TechnicalEdit

SportingEdit

There were no new rules or developments in terms of driving standards or points scoring, as the series retained the standard FIA scoring system once again. That said, with Mercedes dropping to a six car compliment in 2013, the scoring rules for the Brands' Championship meant that only the six best cars from Audi and BMW at each race counted to their scores.

2014 DTM Championship Points
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1

As ever, pole position and fastest lap setters were not awarded points in 2013, despite some calls for them to be implemented. Another continued policy was that of using all of the season's results for a Driver's final score, with the same rule applied to the Teams' Championship.

Season ReportEdit

Ahead of the new season, excitment was building with the old rules mixing with both fresh blood and a new venue in Moscow. Many were also looking to see if 2013 would see BMW build on their 2012 success and take a second clean sweep, or if Audi or Mercedes could defeat them. Time would tell, with a 22 car field, four rookies, four Champions and ten races expected to provide another season of thrilling action.

Pre-SeasonEdit

Round I: HockenheimEdit

The first race of 2013 was scheduled to be held at the traditional home of the Championship on the 5th of May.[1]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2013 Hockenehim I article.


RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2013 Hockenheim I article.


Round II: Brands HatchEdit

Fan favourite Brands Hatch in the United Kingdom hosted the second weekend of the season from the 17th to the 19th of May, using the infamous Indy circuit.[1]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the Brands Hatch 2013 article.

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the Brands Hatch 2013 article.

Round III: Red Bull RingEdit

Next up on the 2013 tour was a visit to Austria and the ever familiar Red Bull Ring near Spielberg on the 2nd of June.[1]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the Red Bull Ring 2013 article.

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the Red Bull Ring 2013 article.

Round IV: LausitzringEdit

Another fan favourite in the form of the EuroSpeedway or Lausitzring followed on the 16th of June, as the series returned to German soil.[1]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the Lausitzring 2013 article.

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the Lausitzring 2013 article.

Round V: NorisringEdit

The annual visit to the streets of Nuremburg was scheduled for the weekend of the 12th to the 14th of July.[1]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the Norisring 2013 article.

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the Norisring 2013 article.

Round VI: MoscowEdit

The Moscow Raceway finally made its DTM debut on the 4th of August, with the series using the short circuit rather than the Grand Prix layout.[1]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the Moscow 2013 article.

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the Moscow 2013 article.

Round VII: NürburgringEdit

Germany's most legendary circuit, the Nürburgring hosted the seventh race of the season, with the DTM visit coming in mid-August.[1]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the Nürburgring 2013 article.

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the Nürburgring 2013 article.

Round VIII: OscherslebenEdit

Oschersleben was next up for the Championship in 2013, with the Saxon circuit hosting its annual race in mid-September after a month break.[1]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the Oschersleben 2013 article.

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the Oschersleben 2013 article.

Round IX: ZandvoortEdit

As ever, the DTM headed to the dunes of the Netherlands, for the penultimate round of the season, held at Zandvoort on the 29th of September.[1] The race presented the first opportunity for Mike Rockenfeller to win the Championship, as long as he finished within one place of Augusto Farfus.

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the Zandvoort 2013 article.

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the Zandvoort 2013 article.

Round X: DTM Season FinaleEdit

The series came full circle on the 20th of October as it returned to Hockenheim for the final race of the season.[1]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2013 Hockenheim II article.

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2013 Hockenheim II article.

EntriesEdit

There were 22 seats available in the DTM Championship of 2013, with eight each for BMW and Audi, while Mercedes could only field six. The Stuttgart squad had initially announced an eight car complement for the season, before customer team Persson Motorsport cancelled their contract.

The full 2013 entry list is shown below:

2013 DTM Championship Entry List
Entrant No. Nat. Name Abbr. Rnds.
Flag of GermanyBMW Team Schnitzer
BMW M3 DTM
1 Canadian Flag Bruno Spengler[5] SPE All
2 Flag of Germany Dirk Werner[5] WER All
Flag of Germany HWA Team
Mercedes C-Coupé
3 Flag of Britain Gary Paffett[6] PAF All
4 Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi[6] MER All
9 Flag of Germany Christian Vietoris[6] VIE All
10 Canadian Flag Robert Wickens[6] WIC All
Flag of GermanyTeam Rosberg
Audi RS5 DTM
5 Flag of Italy Edoardo Mortara[7] MOR All
6 Flag of Portugal Filipe Albuquerque[7] ALB All
Flag of Germany BMW Team RBM
BMW M3 DTM
7 Flag of Brazil Augusto Farfus[5] BRA All
8 Flag of USA Joey Hand[5] HAN All
Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline
Audi RS5 DTM
11 Flag of Sweden Mattias Ekström[7] EKS All
12 Flag of Britain Jamie Green[2] GRE All
Flag of GermanyBMW Team RMG
BMW M3 DTM
15 Flag of Germany Martin Tomczyk[5] TOM All
16 Flag of Britain Andy Priaulx[5] PRI All
Flag of Germany Mücke Motorsport
Mercedes C-Coupé
17 Flag of Spain Daniel Juncadella[4] JUN All
18 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein[3] WEH All
Flag of Germany Phoenix Racing
Audi RS5 DTM
19 Flag of Germany Mike Rockenfeller[7] ROC All
20 Flag of Spain Miguel Molina[7] MOL All
Flag of Germany BMW Team MTEK
BMW M3 DTM
21 Flag of Germany Marco Wittmann[5] WIT All
22 Flag of Germany Timo Glock[5] GLO All
Flag of Germany Team Abt
Audi RS5 DTM
23 Flag of Germany Timo Scheider[7] TSC All
24 Flag of France Adrien Tambay[7] TAM All
Source

CoverageEdit

Final StandingsEdit

The 2013 DTM Season was to be fought on three fronts. Glory was to be found in the hunt to be DTM Champion for the drivers, which had propelled the careers of several drivers to new heights in recent years. Also up for grabs was the prize money in the Teams' Championship, while the honour of three manufacturers was on the line in the Brands' Championship, as Mercedes, BMW and Audi did battle once again.

DTM ChampionshipEdit

In his seventh season in the DTM, Mike Rockenfeller claimed his first DTM Crown, having been Audi's main man for the previous two seasons. Two wins and a series of podiums meant he took the crown with a race to spare at Zandvoort, with Augusto Farfus ending the year 26 points behind with three victories. Defending Champion Bruno Spengler secured third, while Christian Vietoris ended the season as the best Mercedes driver of the year in fourth.

The full results from the 2013 DTM Championship are outlined below:

2013 DTM Championship
Pos. Driver Flag of Germany Flag of Britain Flag of Austria Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Germany Pts.
1st Rockenfeller 8th 1st 4th 2nd 5th 1st 4th 2nd 2nd 16th 142
2nd Farfus 1st Ret 6th 12th 16th 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 11th 116
3rd Spengler 5th 2nd 1st 7th 6th 19th 14th 21st 20th 3rd 82
4th Vietoris 3rd 8th 7th 3rd 3rd 10th 3rd 18th 15th 7th 77
5th Wickens Ret 3rd 12th 4th 2nd 12th 1st 22nd 16th 18th 70
6th Paffett 4th 6th 9th 1st 18th 5th 17th 6th 9th 9th 69
7th Ekström Ret 7th 5th 8th DSQ 2nd 13th 7th 4th 4th 68
8th Wittmann 9th 4th 2nd 21st 10th 15th 7th 12th 5th DSQ 49
9th Glock Ret 13th 3rd 14th 13th 16th 18th 15th 18th 1st 40
10th Scheider 6th 9th 16th 20th Ret 9th Ret 5th 3rd 13th 37
11th Green 14th 15th 18th 5th 19th 6th 9th 3rd 13th 12th 35
12th Hand 7th 5th Ret 15th 8th 7th Ret 16th 7th 20th 32
13th Werner 2nd 12th 8th 13th 11th 8th 15th 11th 21st 8th 30
14th Tambay Ret 18th 11th 11th 15th 4th 6th 9th 6th 14th 30
15th Merhi 10th 16th 20th 10th 7th 14th 19th 14th Ret 2nd 26
16th Juncadella 12th 20th 13th 6th 4th 18th Ret 17th 17th 10th 21
17th Molina 15th 11th 14th 16th 14th Ret 8th 8th 10th 5th 19
18th Albuquerque 16th 17th 17th 18th 12th 13th 11th 4th 8th Ret 16
19th Tomczyk 13th 14th Ret 19th Ret 17th 5th 20th 11th 19th 10
20th Prialux 17th 19th 19th 22nd 9th 20th 16th 19th 19th 6th 10
21st Mortara Ret 21st 15th 9th 17th Ret 12th 10th 14th 15th 3
22nd Wehrlein 11th 10th 10th 17th 20th 11th 10th 11th 12th 17th 3

Teams' ChampionshipEdit

The final standings for the 2013 Teams' Championship are outlined below:

2013 Teams Championship
Pos. Team Driver Flag of Germany Flag of Britain Flag of Austria Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Germany Pts.
1st Phoenix Racing ROC 8th 1st 4th 2nd 5th 1st 4th 2nd 2nd 16th 161
MOL 15th 11th 14th 16th 14th Ret 8th 8th 10th 5th
2nd BMW Team RBM FAR 1st Ret 6th 12th 16th 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 11th 148
HAN 7th 5th Ret 15th 8th 7th Ret 16th 7th 20th
3rd HWA Team VIE 3rd 8th 7th 3rd 3rd 10th 3rd 18th 15th 7th 147
WIC Ret 3rd 12th 4th 2nd 12th 1st 22nd 16th 18th
4th BMW Team Schnitzer SPE 5th 2nd 1st 7th 6th 19th 14th 21st 20th 3rd 112
WER 2nd 12th 8th 13th 11th 8th 15th 11th 21st 8th
5th Abt Sportsline EKS Ret 7th 5th 8th DSQ 2nd 13th 7th 4th 4th 103
GRE 14th 15th 18th 5th 19th 6th 9th 3rd 13th 12th
6th HWA Team PAF 4th 6th 9th 1st 18th 5th 17th 6th 9th 9th 95
MER 10th 16th 20th 10th 7th 14th 19th 14th Ret 2nd
7th BMW Team MTEK WIT 9th 4th 2nd 21st 10th 15th 7th 12th 5th DSQ 89
GLO Ret 13th 3rd 14th 13th 16th 18th 15th 18th 1st
8th Team Abt TSC 6th 9th 16th 20th Ret 9th Ret 5th 3rd 13th 67
TAM Ret 18th 11th 11th 15th 4th 6th 9th 6th 14th
9th Mücke Motorsport JUN 12th 20th 13th 6th 4th 18th Ret 17th 17th 10th 24
WEH 11th 10th 10th 17th 20th 11th 10th 11th 12th 17th
10th BMW Team RMG TOM 13th 14th Ret 19th Ret 17th 5th 20th 11th 19th 20
PRI 17th 19th 19th 22nd 9th 20th 16th 19th 19th 6th
11th Team Rosberg MOR Ret 21st 15th 9th 17th Ret 12th 10th 14th 15th 19
ALB 16th 17th 17th 18th 12th 13th 11th 4th 8th Ret

Brands' ChampionshipEdit

For the second year in a row, BMW defeated their more experienced rivals to take the Brands' Championship of 2013, having outscored their rivals at four rounds. Audi and Mercedes took the honour of being top scorers at three rounds each, but it was BMW's dominance during their victories that earned them the title. Mercedes ultimately ended the year 103 points behind Champions BMW, who defeated Audi at the final race of the season to win by 22 points.

The full 2013 Brands' Championship table is outlined below:

2013 Brands' Championship
Pos. Brand Flag of Germany Flag of Britain Flag of Austria Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Germany Pts.
1st BMW 61 40 70 6 15 25 34 25 41 52 369
2nd Audi 12 33 22 34 10 65 26 65 58 22 347
3rd Mercedes-Benz 28 28 9 61 51 11 41 8 2 27 266

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:

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  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 'World Premiere in Geneva: Audi RS 5 DTM', audi-motorsport.com, (Audi AG, 05/03/2013), https://www.audi-motorsport.info/v2/public/en/2012/press-release/single/id/6925, (Accessed 26/10/2015)

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