|2013 DTM Season|
The 2013 DTM Champion Mike Rockenfeller
|Number of Rounds||10|
|Last Round||DTM Season Finale|
|Mike Rockenfeller||Augusto Farfus||Bruno Spengler|
|142 Pt(s)||116 Pt(s)||82 Pt(s)|
|Phoenix Racing||BMW Team RBM||HWA Team|
|161 Pt(s)||148 Pt(s)||147 Pt(s)|
|369 Pt(s)||347 Pt(s)||266 Pt(s)|
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. 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. Elsewhere, David Coulthard vacated his Mercedes seat to continue his commentating career, while German veteran Ralf Schumacher called time on his racing career.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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|
|First Day||Last Day|
|I||Hockenheimring||3rd May 2013||5th May 2013||Report|
|II||Brands Hatch||17th May 2013||20th May 2013||Report|
|III||Red Bull Ring||31st May 2013||2nd June 2013||Report|
|IV||Lausitzring||14th June 2013||16th June 2013||Report|
|V||Norisring||12th July 2013||14th July 2013||Report|
|VI||Moscow||2nd August 2013||4th August 2013||Report|
|VII||Nürburgring||16th August 2013||18th August 2013||Report|
|VIII||Oschersleben||13th September 2013||15th September 2013||Report|
|IX||Zandvoort||27th September 2013||29th September 2013||Report|
|X||Hockenheimring||18th October 2013||20th October 2013||Report|
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.
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|
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.
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.
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.
Round II: Brands HatchEdit
Round III: Red Bull RingEdit
Round IV: LausitzringEdit
The annual visit to the streets of Nuremburg was scheduled for the weekend of the 12th to the 14th of July.
Round VII: NürburgringEdit
Round VIII: OscherslebenEdit
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. The race presented the first opportunity for Mike Rockenfeller to win the Championship, as long as he finished within one place of Augusto Farfus.
Round X: DTM Season FinaleEdit
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|
|BMW Team Schnitzer|
BMW M3 DTM
| HWA Team|
Audi RS5 DTM
| BMW Team RBM|
BMW M3 DTM
| Abt Sportsline|
Audi RS5 DTM
|BMW Team RMG|
BMW M3 DTM
| Mücke Motorsport|
| Phoenix Racing|
Audi RS5 DTM
| BMW Team MTEK|
BMW M3 DTM
| Team Abt|
Audi RS5 DTM
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.
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|
The final standings for the 2013 Teams' Championship are outlined below:
|2013 Teams Championship|
|2nd||BMW Team RBM||FAR||1st||Ret||6th||12th||16th||3rd||2nd||1st||1st||11th||148|
|4th||BMW Team Schnitzer||SPE||5th||2nd||1st||7th||6th||19th||14th||21st||20th||3rd||112|
|7th||BMW Team MTEK||WIT||9th||4th||2nd||21st||10th||15th||7th||12th||5th||DSQ||89|
|10th||BMW Team RMG||TOM||13th||14th||Ret||19th||Ret||17th||5th||20th||11th||19th||20|
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|
Videos and Images:
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 '2013 DTM calendar', gpupdate.net, (JHED Media B.V., 2013), http://www.gpupdate.net/en/calendar/189/2013-dtm-calendar/, (Accessed 26/10/2015)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 'Audi: full speed ahead in motorsport too', audi-motorsport.info, (Audi A.C., 19/12/2012), https://www.audi-motorsport.info/v2/public/en/2012/press-release/single/id/6614, (Accessed 26/10/2015)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Jonathan Noble, 'Ralf Schumacher retires from racing to take managerial role', autosport.com, (Haymarket Media, 16/03/2013), http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/106070, (Accessed 26/10/2015)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Matt Beer, 'No DTM drive for Kubica in 2013 as Mercedes signs Juncadella', autosport.com, (Haymarket Media, 20/02/2013), http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/105636, (Accessed 26/10/2015)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 'BMW MOTORSPORT ANNOUNCES DRIVER/TEAM PAIRINGS FOR 2013', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 05/02/2013), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/bmw-motorsport-announces-driverteam-pairings-2013-2013-02-05.html, (Accessed 26/10/2015)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 'Mercedes-Benz Contests 2013 DTM Season', blog.mercedes-benzretailgroup.co.uk, (Mercedes Benz Retail Group, 19/03/2013), http://blog.mercedes-benzretailgroup.co.uk/dtm-2013/, (Accessed 26/10/2015)
- ↑ 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)