|2015 DTM Season|
Pascal Wehrlein, 2015 DTM Champion
|Number of Rounds||9|
|Pascal Wehrlein||Jamie Green||Mattias Ekström|
|169 Pt(s)||150 Pt(s)||147 Pt(s)|
|HWA AG||BMW Team RMG||Abt Sportsline|
|225 Pt(s)||206 Pt(s)||201 Pt(s)|
|602 Pt(s)||595 Pt(s)||534 Pt(s)|
The DMSB and FIA adopted a new format for the Championship for 2015, opting to reintroduce the two race weekend last used in 2002. It was hoped that the new format would help improve the DTM's fanbase, with more action over the weekend, and highlights and ultimately full race replays shown on YouTube. Their changes were successful, with attendances rising across the season, while the Official DTM YouTube account hit 64,000 subscriptions before the end of the season.
This new format also gave way to a record breaking year in the DTM, with thirteen different winners, fourteen unique pole sitters, three maiden race winners and, ultimately, the youngest ever Champion. Yet, if 2014 had been the year of the youth, 2015 saw the return of the old guard, as four of the top five in the Championship had a combined start tally of 461 races. That said, Jamie Green (runner up with the most race wins in the season), Mattias Ekström, Edoardo Mortara and Bruno Spengler were all defeated by the man who turned 21 on the final day of the season.
Indeed, Pascal Wehrlein proved to be the most consistent driver throughout the season, with a largely trouble free run throughout the year earning him the title with two wins to his name. His only Did Not Finish came in the second race at the Red Bull Ring, in an incident which ultimately cost Audi the Brands' Championship, as Mercedes and BMW shared the spoils. Adding to Wehrlein's crown, HWA claimed their first title since 2010 on behalf of Mercedes, while BMW fended off Audi by seven points on the final day to secure the third Brand's title since their return.
But, ultimately, 2015 will be long remembered for the action it threw up through out the season, with crashes, controversy and, above all, wheel-to-wheel racing in all eighteen races.
Very little changed over the winter of 2014, with only a few changes made to the driver line ups. Joey Hand was dropped by BMW, opening the door for Tom Blomqvist to join the series. Elsewhere, Mercedes announced that they would be supplying eight cars to the Championship, meaning they would be on a level playing field with Audi and BMW. ART Grand Prix were drafted in to run a pair of Mercedes C63 DTMs for the year, with Gary Paffett and Lucas Auer taking their allocation. Vitaly Petrov opted to leave the series at the end of 2014, meaning Maximilian Götz was given the final seat in DTM with Mercedes, as Audi retained their drivers.
The 2015 edition of the DTM consisted of 18 races at eight different circuits across Europe, with the Hockenheimring hosting the first and final races of the season. The three rounds held outside of Germany saw action in Russia, Austria and the Netherlands, with five German circuits hosting the DTM, Audi TT Cup and occasional rounds of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship and Porshce Carrera Cup Deutschland.
|2015 DTM Season Calendar|
|Race One||Race Two|
|I||Hockenheimring||2nd May 2015||3rd May 2015||Report|
|II||Lausitzring||30th May 2015||31st May 2015||Report|
|III||Norisring||27th June 2015||28th June 2015||Report|
|IV||Zandvoort||11th July 2015||12th July 2015||Report|
|V||Red Bull Ring||1st August 2015||2nd August 2015||Report|
|VI||Moscow||29th August 2015||30th August 2015||Report|
|VII||Oschersleben||12th September 2015||13th September 2015||Report|
|VIII||Nürburgring||26th September 2015||27th September 2015||Report|
|IX||Hockenheimring||17th October 2015||18th October 2015||Report|
2015 will be the first DTM season since 2002 in which two races will be held at each race, with a 40 minute race held on the Saturday, and a longer, 60 minute race on Sunday. A qualifying session will be held on the morning before each race, with a pitstop required in the second race, although the soft tyres provided by Hankook disappear for 2015.
2015 sees a continuation of the weight/ballast penalty for top ten finishers, with cars getting an additional 20kg (on top of the minimum race weight of 1,120kg), for taking victory. The Drag Reduction System, shortened to DRS, also returns in 2015, although the situations in which it may be used have changed. A driver may deploy DRS three times during a single lap, provided that they are within one second of the car ahead of them at the start/finish line. The obligitary pitstop during the second race of the weekend must see all four tyres changed, with the pitlane speed limited to 80km/h.
Points & NumbersEdit
As with the 2014 season, the DTM will use the FIA's standardised points system, as used in Formula One and Formula-e. Each race will be awarded the same number of points, meaning the race winner of any race will receive 25 points, second handed 18 and third 15. Points are awarded to any finisher in the top ten.
|2015 DTM Championship Points|
Additionally, 2015 is the first season in which a driver may choose their race number, which they will carry for the rest of their DTM career. Numbers may be chosen from #2 to #99, with the champion from the previous season allocated #1 if they wish.
Round I: Season Opener (Hockenheim)Edit
The first round of 2015 was held at Hockenheim, the spiritual home of the DTM. Renamed the 'DTM Festival', the extended weekend programme included the FIA World RallyCross Championship, FIA European Formula 3 Championship, Audi Sport TT Cup and Porsche Carrera Cup Deutscheland, and ran over four days, from the 30th of April to the 3rd of May.
For the full race report, head to the 2015 Hockenheim I article.Jamie Green opened his 2015 campaign with victory from pole position in the first race of the season, holding a solid three second lead throughout the race. He beat Pascal Wehrlein and Paul di Resta, with the latter duo having a race long battle for second, only put on pause due to two safety car periods. The first appeared after Daniel Juncadella ran wide and into the barrier at the Sachskurve shortly after the half-way mark of the race.
Martin Tomczyk lost control of his BMW braking for the hairpin after the restart, causing the second safety car when he put himself, Gary Paffett and rookie Lucas Auer out of the race. Edoardo Mortara took fourth as Audi claimed four of the top six places, while the best placed BMW, that of Maxime Martin down in seventh.
For the full race report, head to the 2015 Hockenheim I article.Mattias Ekström put in a dominant display to take victory in the second race of the weekend, beating pole sitter Mike Rockenfeller off the line to take his 20th career victory. He led home Edoardo Mortara (who left Hockenheim at the summit of the championship), and Gary Paffett, the latter of whom had battled his way from 23rd on the grid. In what was the first race of the season to contain a compulsory pitstop, and held in the rain, Ekström proved unbeatable.
Race one winner Jamie Green was left in thirteenth at the end of the first wet race of the season, with fellow Brits Paul di Resta and Tom Blomqvist (making his DTM bow) down at the back of the field. Lucas Auer, one of three débutantes (the other being Maximilian Götz, never even started the second race, crashing out at the Sachskurve (as Juncadella did on the Saturday) on his reconnaissance lap.
Round II: LausitzringEdit
The Lausitzring hosts its only DTM event in 2015 from the 29th to the 31st of May, using the familiar infield circuit.
For the full race report, head to the Lausitzring 2015 article.
The first race at the EuroSpeedway saw Jamie Green recover from a poor start to win the race with a late race push. His rise was at the cost of Miguel Molina, who tumbled from first to fourth in short order in the dying embers of the 40 minute race, as Mattias Ekström and Edoardo Mortara forced their way past to fill the podium. Pascal Wehrlein was the best Mercedes driver in fifth, while Maxime Martin came at the top of the BMW rankings in seventh, as both battled against the Audi hoard at the front.
An early casualty from the race was Augusto Farfus, who came off worse from heavy contact with Paul di Resta on the opening lap. The Brazilian proved to be the only retirement from the race, despite the high amount of side-by-side action throughout the field. Gary Paffett was last for Mercedes, almost 50 seconds behind race winner Green.
For the full race report, head to the Lausitzring 2015 article.
Green made it two from two at the Lausitzring on Sunday, putting in a dominant display to retake the lead from Ekstrom after a second poor start. He became the first man since Laurent Aïello to take two wins in a single DTM weekend (although there had been a break of twelve years since the series had raced twice in the same weekend), and meant he had won three of the opening four races of the season. He also made it a clean sweep with pole and fastest lap, with Ekstrom and Molina filling the podium.
A race full of incident saw several drivers take trips through various gravel traps littered around the circuit, with Tom Blomqvist the first man out on only the third lap. Paffett joined him on the sidelines a few laps later with an unspecified drama, while Farfus exited the second race of the weekend with more damage to his BMW M4 DTM. Lucas Auer and Adrien Tambay also ended the race early, but were still classified as finishers, as Green headed an Audi quartet in the top five of the Championship.
For the full race report, head to the Norisring 2015 article.
A rain affected first race in Nuremberg saw Pascal Wehrlein take advantage of being one of the few to start the race on slicks to take his second career win. Christian Vietoris had been the best off the line, taking advantage of a slide from Jamie Green into the Grundig Kehre to take the lead from Gary Paffett, Robert Wickens and Paul di Resta. Vietoris lost out when the majority of the field pitted for slick tyres (having started on wets), with Paffett, Wickens and several other drivers benefiting from sub three second stops to get back into the race.
Joining Wehrlein on the podium were Wickens and Paffett, who also benefited from a rear guard action by Vietoris to fend off the best Audi of Green and the top BMW in Bruno Spengler. A race full of action, which in the final laps saw the fastest lap traded between almost every driver each time they crossed the line, had three retirements through accidents. Most notable was the retirement of di Resta, whose contact with Green saw him out with suspension damage but with one of the most stunning pieces of car control to prevent the Scot's car slamming into the war.
For the full race report, head to the Norisring 2015 article.
Race two was the longer race of the weekend, although the pitcrews (who were meant to be servicing cars during the race) were unable to match the pace of Saturday, with no one getting a sub-three second stop. Robert Wickens claimed a victory for Mercedes after battling past Canadian compatriot Bruno Spengler, who took pole and BMW's first podium of the year by finishing third. Christian Vietoris ended the day in second.
Mattias Ekström ended the day as the best Audi in fourth after a late battle with Spengler, as Green failed to score. Elsewhere, Tom Blomqvist was disqualified after post-race scruitneering deemed his car to be running with illegal parts, while four other drivers retired. The quartet retired over the space of the first four laps, all being casualties of the familiar first corner concertina.
The 2015 campaign will head to Holland for the first non-German based race weekend of the season, held at the Zandvoort circuit, hidden among the sand dunes. The weekend starts on the 10th of July, and ends on the 12th, using the full Zandvoort layout.
For the full race report, head to the Zandvoort 2015 article.
Having taken a fourth pole position of his career, Augusto Farfus suffered from not getting a perfect start to tumble from first to fourth by the time the field made it through to the first corner. His tumble was Marco Wittmann's gain, as the defending Champion took his first win of the season, ahead of six fellow BMW drivers. It was a record for the Bavarians in taking the top seven, as they scored maximum points and became the first manufacturer to get seven cars in the top seven.
Wittmann's win was ahead of António Félix da Costa (claiming his first podium) and Maxime Martin, with all bar Martin Tomczyk scoring for the marque. Mike Rockenfeller claimed eighth to be the best Audi, while Pascal Wehrlein was left to finish tenth to claim just one point for Mercedes. The Stuttgart squad would also have to burn the midnight oil, as Paul di Resta suffered a heavy collision at the start of the race, while Robert Wickens limped out with damage as well.
For the full race report, head to the Zandvoort 2015 article.
Another day and another all conquering performance by BMW, who were able to take a clean sweep of the top five once again, largely due to a lack of performance weight. A maiden win for da Costa capped off the Bavarian brilliance, as Farfus and Bruno Spengler completed the podium. With Timo Glock and Wittmann also scoring, the marque just missed out on another maximum score, with Tomczyk once again the only Beemer to fail to score.
Elsewhere, Wehrlein claimed sixth for Mercedes to bring himself right into the title fight, with Mattias Ekström inching ever closer to Jamie Green's lead. An accident involving Edoardo Mortara and Daniel Juncadella eliminated them from the race at the halfway mark, with another race dominated by minor contact.
Round V: Red Bull RingEdit
For the full race report, head to the Red Bull Ring 2015 article.The Spielberg circuit was always popular with the drivers, a fact proved in the first race of the weekend where Edoardo Mortara kickstarted his Championship campaign with victory. The Italian had led from the second lap, after team mate, and Championship leader, Jamie Green retired with a gearbox issue, but was under constant pressure from Pascal Wehrlein throughout. Completing the podium was Paul di Resta, who hoped that race nine (marking the end of the first half of the season) would bring a change in fortune for him.
Two others joined Green on the sidelines during the race, as DRS and the unique go-kart-esque style of the Red Bull Ring combined to provide a thrilling race. All three Championships were tightened through the result, although with BMW now heavier, it was deemed that the performance weights were having their intended effect. Indeed, Augusto Farfus was their highest placed driver in sixth, with Marco Wittmann their only other scorer.
For the full race report, head to the Red Bull Ring 2015 article.The excitement for the second race was enhanced by the fall of rain during the start of the race, which would ultimately cause one of the most controversial incidents in DTM history. With just one lap to go, Robert Wickens eased his pace to allow Wehrlein (Championship leader) to close up on him and Timo Scheider, with the young German squeezing past at turn two. Wickens slotted in behind, before Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich told an irate Scheider to touch the back of the Canadian to put him out. The veteran racer did so, with a well timed dive on the brakes causing him to slide into Wickens, who went on the slide into the back of Wehrlein. Both were in the gravel and out, while Scheider continued to seventh, before being both banned and disqualified.
With Wehrlein in the gravel, Mattias Ekström claimed the lead of the Championship with victory in tenth race of the season, having had little to do during the race. Gary Paffett battled his way to second, pulling off a stunning move on Mike Rockenfeller in the process, while race one winner Edoardo Mortara ended the day in third.
For the full race report, head to the Moscow 2015 article.
In a race affected by two safety cars, Pascal Wehrlein snatched victory from Marco Wittmann in the closing stages of the race. Jamie Green almost compounded Wittmann's misery in the last corner of the race, only too lose out to Bruno Spengler, who snatched third from him instead. Further back, a debutante joined the field in place of the banned Timo Scheider, although Antonio Giovinazzi would finish last of the finishers.
There was even better to come for Wehrlein after the race, after title rival Mattias Ekström got a three place grid penalty for race two, having caused an accident in the first race. Ekstrom had tried an optimistic dive on Timo Glock in the race, only to put both out in the gravel, after an earlier accident had bunched the field behind a first safety car. Miguel Molina had been spun around at the first corner of the race, before an unsighted Christian Vietoris slammed into him, putting both out of the race with heavy damage.
For the full race report, head to the Moscow 2015 article.
Sunday, however, was to put the Championship back in Ekstrom's court, as he claimed third while Wehrlein only claimed tenth and a single point. Mike Rockenfeller won the race from Bruno Spengler, with Rocky claiming his first victory since the 2013 race in Moscow. An almost all Audi and BMW affair resulted in the second race, with Gary Paffett the only Mercedes driver (other than Wehrlein) to claim points.
Martin Tomczyk was the only driver to retire from the race, as the title fights in every Championship tightened once again. With the Championship returning to Germany for the final third of the season, four drivers seemed to be in with a realistic chance of the title, although the BMW rabble could not be ruled out. Robert Wickens, meanwhile, was hit with a heavy fine for repeatedly speeding in the pitlane.
Round VII: OscherslebenEdit
The 11th to the 13th of September saw the DTM return to German soil for the final three rounds of the season, starting at Oschersleben.
For the full race report, head to the Oschersleben 2015 article.
DTM's return to home soil saw another dominant BMW display, with all eight of the Bavarian machines in the top half of the field, and seven scoring points. Timo Glock took a clean sweep of pole, fastest lap and victory to claim his second DTM win, ahead of Bruno Spengler and António Félix da Costa. The only non-BMW in the top eight was to be Pascal Wehrlein, whose fifth place finish put him back to the top of the title pile.
With Miguel Molina the only Audi to take points, the Ingolstad marque struggling all day. They would also have to carry out repairs on three of their cars, as Jamie Green Nico Müller and Mike Rockenfeller all suffered damage from an accident caused by Rocky and Robert Wickens. The latter pair were later given grid penalties for their involvement, with Wickens starting dead last on Sunday due to penalties carried over from Moscow.
For the full race report, head to the Oschersleben 2015 article.
Race two of the Oschersleben weekend ended prematurely, as Lucas Auer crashed heavily on the penultimate lap to bring the race to a halt. Having been lapped, Auer lost front end downforce in the wake of Wehrlein, who ended the race in fifth, and skided into the tyre barrier on the exit of the final corner. That unfortunate end, however, could not detract from the feat accomplished by Tom Blomqvist, who claimed a maiden victory in his fourteenth DTM race, and a dominant one at that.
Having snatched the lead from Augusto Farfus at the start, the Brit never looked back to claim victory with one of the biggest leads of the season from the Brazilian and Marco Wittmann. BMW were able to get seven cars in the points once again, although this time Mercedes were able to snatch a clutch of higher places, with Wehrlein fifth and Paul di Resta sixth. With Ekstrom failing to score once again, Wehrlein headed into the penultimate weekend of the season with a fourteen point lead.
Round VIII: NürburgringEdit
For the full race report, head to the Nürburgring 2015 article. Maxime Martin managed to take his second career victory in the first race of the weekend, as Edoardo Mortara made ground in the Championship by taking Pascal Wehrlein early on. Wehrlein finished third to extend his Championship lead over Mattias Ekström, who could only manage tenth after a poor qualifying session, a common theme for the Swede. A strong performance from Maximilian Götz earned him a season best finish of fifth, ahead of another 2015 rookie in Lucas Auer.
An accident early on had seen another title contender out of the race, as Jamie Green was hit hard by Miguel Molina after a spin. Tom Blomqvist attempted to nose his way past Green through the second part of the Mercedes-Benz Arena on the first lap, only to tap the Audi into a spin. Green's spinning Audi was then collected by Molina, who with no where to go, also managed to remove the front splitter from the Orange Audi, and knock the car into Timo Scheider, who also retired with damage.
For the full race report, head to the Nürburgring 2015 article.
Race two was the 67th start in the career of Molina, and ultimately resulted in the first win for the Spaniard, as he went fifth in the all time list for longest waits for a first win. It was also an almost decisive day in the Championship, as Wehrlein took fifth to take a 37 point lead over Mortara in the Championship, with just 50 left to fight for at the Finale. Ahead of the now Champion-elect were Paul di Resta, Bruno Spengler (who remained just about in the title fight, mathematically at least) and Tom Blomqvist.
Green was now out of the title fight despite having taken more wins than anyone else, a brake issue meaning he had a poor start and couldn't recover. Ekstrom failed to score while Mortara retired with damage sustained through numerous incidents, meaning it was advantage Wehrlein, with four heading to Hockenheim with title hopes, but with one holding a huge advantage.
Round IX: Season Finale (Hockenheim)Edit
Hockenheim saw the field return for the final round of the season from the 16th to the 18th of October. Ahead of the weekend, Pascal Wehrlein was judged to be the favourite for the title, leading Edoardo Mortara by 37 points, with 50 still to fight for. Mathematically, Mattias Ekström and Bruno Spengler also had a chance, but all three challengers to Wehrlein would most likely need to win both races outright to stand any chance at all.
For the full race report, head to the 2015 Hockenheim II article. A dramatic first race of the weekend saw accidents, penalties and wheel-to-wheel fighting throughout the field, as Mercedes did their best to aid Wehrlein. Their work, which saw Wehrlein allowed by almost all of his stable mates bar Paul di Resta in the race, was enough to secure eighth place for the youngster. That result, combined with him beating Mattias Ekström on track (the Swede in ninth) and both Mortara and Spengler retiring, meant Wehrlein was the Champion, and the youngest in DTM history to boot.
It had not all been plain sailing for the Champion, however, as he was almost wiped out in an accident at the start. Spengler had pushed Adrien Tambay into a spin (which ultimately put the Frenchman out), leaving Wehrlein to scamper wide to avoid the accident. That cost him time and meant he had to fight his way through the field, as Mortara fell behind with a puncture, and Ekstrom suffered from contact with Robert Wickens.
Away from the title fight, and Timo Scheider had produced his most dominant display for a long time to take his first win in five years. Having forced his way past pole sitter Maxime Martin early on, the German had sprinted away from a safety car period to lead the race, with Martin also falling to Jamie Green. That put Green in with a serious chance of finishing the season as runner-up, while the Teams' and Brands' Championships remained undecided into the final race.
For the full race report, head to the 2015 Hockenheim II article.
His title won, Wehrlein was up for a scrap in the final race of the season, and was seen battling with anyone who came near him. It resulted in one of his worst finishes all season, as Jamie Green swept across the line to net his fourth victory of the season and end the year as runner up. He led home Ekstrom and Mortara, whose 1-2-3 was just not quite enough to secure the Brands' Championship for Audi, who missed out to BMW by seven points.
Like the penultimate race of the season, the finale was full of action. While Wehrlein went kerb hopping in his battle with Nico Müller, Christian Vietoris took out Adrien Tambay, leaving the Frenchman to come last in the Championship. Wickens, meanwhile, received punishment for his incident with Ekstrom in race one, as Tom Blomqvist pulled an almost identical move to what the Canadian had to the Swede. But, at the end of it all, Wehrlein was Champion, HWA won their first title since 2010, and BMW secured their third Brands' Championship since their return in what would be remembered as a vintage year in the DTM.
DTM 2015 saw 24 drivers entered at the start of the season, with both BMW and Mercedes blooding new talent in one or two of their cars. Only Audi retained their exact line up from 2014, with their only change occurring when Timo Scheider was banned, meaning they drafted in a new face in Moscow. Ultimately, four drivers made their débuts in 2015, and the three to start the season improved as the year went on.
- * Ocon was meant to replace Juncadella at the Season Finale in Hockenheim after the Spaniard fell ill. However, Juncadella recovered over night on Friday, meaning Ocon was dropped after FP1.
Several changes were made to the DTM line-up over the winter of 2014, although there would also be a couple made during the season. Notable absentees in 2015 would be Joey Hand and Vitaly Petrov, the latter leaving after just one year, with four new faces joining the series in turn.
- Lucas Auer: FIA European Formula 3 Championship → ART Grand Prix
- Tom Blomqvist: FIA European Formula 3 Championship → BMW Team RBM
- Maximilian Götz: Blancpain Sprint Series → Mücke Motorsport
- Antonio Giovinazzi: FIA European Formula 3 Championship → Team Phoenix (Moscow)*
- Timo Scheider: Team Phoenix → Ban (Moscow)*
- Esteban Ocon: DTM Reserve → Mücke Motorsport (Practice at the Season FInale)
* Scheider was back in his seat after the Moscow round for the rest of the season.
- António Félix da Costa: BMW Team MTEK → BMW Team Schnitzer
- Gary Paffett: HWA → ART Grand Prix
- Bruno Spengler: BMW Team Schnitzer → BMW Team MTEK
- Joey Hand: BMW Team RBM → United SportsCar Championship
- Vitaly Petrov: Mücke Motorsport → Sabbatical
All of these changes are based on driver line ups as they were at the 2014 Season Finale.
In Germany, all eighteen races were to be shown live on ARD, who were familiar to the DTM game, and continued their long association with the series. Elsewhere, BT Sport and ESPN signed a deal to show races live in the UK and US, although their screening of the races was often delayed. 40 other minor TV companies across the world agreed deals to screen the series in 2015, with official media partner MEDIA AG signing an extended contract until 2017.
In addition to the TV deals, DTM was also to be shown live on YouTube through the official DTM account, although there would be restrictions. In places where TV deals existed, only Practice and Qualifying would be streamed live (with both English and German commentary), with the Race limited to countries without TV access. This was a controversial move, given that all twenty races from the previous two seasons had been shown live on the internet regardless of territory or TV.
The official DTM YouTube account also saw highlights, interviews and exclusive content uploaded, including the "Almost Selfie" series with all 24 drivers. About a month after each race, the full race highlights from each round were also uploaded, meaning fans could re-watch the race on the internet for free. Media was also uploaded to the DTM Website and the official Facebook and Twitter accounts.
DTM 2015 will see three different championship titles on offer, with the ultimate prize, the title of DTM Champion, awarded to the highest scoring driver. The top scoring team will be named as the the DTM Team Champion, while the crown of DTM Brand Champion will be awarded to the manufacturer with the highest point tally.
So, on the eve of his 21st birthday, Pascal Wehrlein became the youngest ever DTM Champion, ultimately taking the title from Jamie Green, whose mid-season loss of form proved fatal. Veteran Mattias Ekström ended the season in third after battling at every round at the front, while Edoardo Mortara slipped to fourth on the final day, ahead of the best BMW driver in Bruno Spengler.
Outgoing Champion Marco Wittmann ended the season in sixth, one place ahead of team mate Maxime Martin, with Scot Paul di Resta in close attendance. Gary Paffett ended the season strongly to claim ninth, ahead of 2013 Champion Mike Rockenfeller, who rounded out the top ten. With twelve different winners out of eighteen races, fourteen different pole sitters and all 24 drivers who started the season scoring points, one of the most exciting DTM Championships in history came to a close.
Displayed below are the final standings for the 2015 DTM Championship:
|2015 DTM Championship|
Despite only scoring four points over the final weekend of the season, HWA AG won the Teams' Championship on behalf of Mercedes, the first time since 2010 that any Mercedes team had won the Championship. They benefited from the fact that Abt Sportsline and BMW Team MTEK were overhauled in the final weekend by former Champions BMW Team RMG. Team Rosberg ended the season in fifth, despite Green's four victories, ahead of the second HWA pairing of di Resta and Robert Wickens.
The Teams' Championship standings are displayed below:
BMW lost out on the Brands' Title in 2014, but made up for it by taking the 2015 title instead, having become the first manufacturer to take maximum points in a single race. That said, the decisive factor in the Championship proved to be Audi's lost points in the second race at the Red Bull Ring, after Timo Scheider's antics. At the back, but not by much, were Mercedes, who could take solace from the fact that they had outscored their rivals more often than not throughout the season.
The final standings for the Brands' Championship in 2015 are shown below:
|2015 Brands' Championship|
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- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 'Lights-to-flag win for Jamie Green in an action-packed race', dtm.com, (DTM, 02/05/2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/lights-flag-win-jamie-green-action-packed-race-2015-05-02.html?language=en-gb, (Accessed 05/05/2015)
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- ↑ 'Season guide: Lausitzring', dtm.com, (DTM, 2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/event/2015-lausitzring?language=en-gb, (Accessed 02/05/2015)
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 'LAUSITZRING: RACE 1 IN DETAIL', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 30/05/2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/lausitzring-race-1-detail-2015-05-30.html?language=en-gb, (Accessed 31/05/2015)
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 'LAUSITZRING: RACE 2 IN DETAIL', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 31/05/2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/lausitzring-race-2-detail-2015-05-31.html?language=en-gb, (Accessed 02/06/2015)
- ↑ 'Season guide: Norisring', dtm.com, (DTM, 2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/event/2015-norisring?language=en-gb, (Accessed 02/05/2015)
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 'NORISRING: RACE 1 IN DETAIL', dtm.com, (DTM, 27/06/2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/norisring-race-1-detail-2015-06-27.html, (Accessed 28/08/2015)
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 'NORISRING: RACE 2 AT A GLANCE', dtm.com, (DTM, 28/06/2015),http://www.dtm.com/en/news/norisring-race-2-glance-2015-06-28.html, (Accessed 30/08/2015)
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 'Season guide: Zandvoort', dtm.com, (DTM, 2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/event/2015-zandvoort?language=en-gb, (Accessed 02/05/2015)
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 'DTM ZANDVOORT: RACE 1 AT A GLANCE', dtm.com, (DTM, 11/07/2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/dtm-zandvoort-race-1-glance-2015-07-11.html, (Accessed 31/08/2015)
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 'DTM ZANDVOORT: RACE 2 AT A GLANCE', dtm.com, (DTM, 12/07/2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/dtm-zandvoort-race-2-glance-2015-07-12.html, (Accessed 31/08/2015)
- ↑ 'Season guide: Spielberg', dtm.com, (DTM, 2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/event/2015-spielberg?language=en-gb, (Accessed 02/05/2015)
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 'DTM SPIELBERG: RACE 1 AT A GLANCE', dtm.com, (DTM, 01/08/2015),http://www.dtm.com/en/news/dtm-spielberg-race-1-glance-2015-08-01.html, (Accessed 02/09/2015)
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 21.5 'DTM SPIELBERG: RACE 2 AT A GLANCE', dtm.com, (DTM, 02/08/2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/dtm-spielberg-race-2-glance-2015-08-02.html, (Accessed 03/09/2015)
- ↑ 'Season guide: Moskau', dtm.com, (DTM, 2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/event/2015-moskau?language=en-gb, (Accessed 02/05/2015)
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 23.5 'DTM MOSCOW RACEWAY: RACE 1 AT A GLANCE', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 29/08/2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/dtm-moscow-raceway-race-1-glance-2015-08-29.html, (Accessed 29/08/2015)
- ↑ 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 'DTM MOSCOW RACEWAY: RACE 2 AT A GLANCE', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 30/08/2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/dtm-moscow-raceway-race-2-glance-2015-08-30.html, (Accessed 30/08/2015)
- ↑ 'Season guide: Oschersleben', dtm.com, (DTM, 2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/event/2015-oschersleben?language=en-gb, (Accessed 02/05/2015)
- ↑ 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 26.5 'DTM OSCHERSLEBEN: RACE 1 AT A GLANCE', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 12/09/2015),http://www.dtm.com/en/news/dtm-oschersleben-race-1-glance-2015-09-12.html, (Accessed 21/09/2015)
- ↑ 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 27.4 27.5 'DTM OSCHERSLEBEN: RACE 2 AT A GLANCE', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 13/09/2015),http://www.dtm.com/en/news/dtm-oschersleben-race-2-glance-2015-09-13.html, (Accessed 22/09/2015)
- ↑ 'Season guide: Nürburgring', dtm.com, (DTM, 2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/event/2015-n-rburgring?language=en-gb, (Accessed 02/05/2015)
- ↑ 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 29.4 29.5 'DTM NÜRBURGRING: RACE 1 IN DETAIL', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 26/09/2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/dtm-n-rburgring-race-1-detail-2015-09-26.html, (Accessed 27/09/2015)
- ↑ 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 'DTM NÜRBURGRING: RACE 2 IN DETAIL', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 27/09/2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/dtm-n-rburgring-race-1-detail-2015-09-27.html, (Accessed 28/09/2015)
- ↑ 'Season guide: Finale Hockenheim', dtm.com, (DTM, 2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/event/2015-finale-hockenheim?language=en-gb, (Accessed 02/05/2015)
- ↑ 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 32.4 32.5 32.6 32.7 32.8 32.9 'DTM FINALE HOCKENHEIM: RACE 1 AT A GLANCE', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 17/10/2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/dtm-finale-hockenheim-race-1-glance-2015-10-17.html, (Accessed 20/10/2015)
- ↑ 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 33.4 'JAMIE GREEN LEADS AUDI TO 1-2-3 IN DTM FINALE', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 18/10/2015),http://www.dtm.com/en/news/jamie-green-leads-audi-1-2-3-dtm-finale-2015-10-18.html, (Accessed 19/10/2015)
- ↑ Ziegler, Stefan, 'F3 leader Giovinazzi to replace Scheider at Moscow', motorsport.com, (Motorsport.com Inc., 28/08/2015), http://www.motorsport.com/dtm/news/f3-leader-giovinazzi-to-replace-scheider-at-moscow, (Accessed 29/08/2015)
- ↑ 35.0 35.1 'JUNCADELLA SIDELINED WITH ILLNESS – OCON TAKES OVER', dtm.com, (ITR e.v., 16/10/2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/juncadella-sidelined-illness-ocon-takes-over-2015-10-16.html, (Accessed 16/10/2015)
- ↑ 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 '2015 DTM ON TV: ALL THE RACES COVERED LIVE BY ARD', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 30/04/2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/2015-dtm-tv-all-races-covered-live-ard-2015-04-30.html, (Accessed 21/10/2015)