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Flag of Germany 2015 Hockenheim II
Hockenheimring
The Hockenheimring in 2015
Race Information
Date 16th - 18th October 2015
Official Name 2015 DTM Season Finale
Location Flag of Germany Hockenheim, Baden-Württemberg
Lap length 4.574km (2.842mi)
Distance R1 40 min / 118.9km (73.9mi)
R2 60 min / 178.4km (110.8mi)
Race One Result
Pole Flag of Belgium Maxime Martin
BMW Team RMG 1:32.637
First Second Third
Flag of Germany Timo Scheider Flag of Britain Jamie Green Flag of Belgium Maxime Martin
Winner Team Flag of Germany Team Phoenix
Time 42:27.725 (26 laps)
Race Two Result
Pole Flag of Britain Gary Paffett
ART Grand Prix 1:32.645
First Second Third
Flag of Britain Jamie Green Flag of Sweden Mattias Ekström Flag of Italy Edoardo Mortara
Winner Team Flag of Germany Team Rosberg
Time 1:02:02.198 (39 laps)
Fastest Lap
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Fastest Lap Unknown on lap {{{lapno}}}
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Hockenheim I
 The 2015 Hockenheim II weekend served as the final round of the 2015 DTM Championship, held at the traditional home of the series, Hockenheim.[1] The 2015 DTM Season Finale was expect to see Pascal Wehrlein take the title in the first race of the weekend, as the youngster came to Hockenheim with a 37 point lead over Edoardo Mortara.

As Timo Scheider returned to the top step of the podium for the first time in five years, Wehrlein claimed eighth place in the first race of the weekend to become the youngest ever DTM Champion.[2] On the eve of his 21st birthday, Wehrlein battled from the back of the field to eighth place, after seeing his title rivals fall through their own issues and penalties.[2]

With the pressure off, the new Champion recorded one of his worst results of the season in the final race of the season, as another familiar face claimed a win.[3] Jamie Green had left Hockenheim as a title favourite, having won the opening race of the season, but for a dire mid-season to see him fall by the wayside. Ultimately, however, the Brit recorded his fourth win of the season to leap into second in the Championship, ahead of Ekstrom and Mortara.[2]

BackgroundEdit

All three Championships were undecided as the Championship returned to Hockenheim, with each title possibly going to each manufacturer. But, the ultimate prize looked to be going in the way of Pascal Wehrlein, who led by 37 points, and could only be stopped by three drivers. Edoardo Mortara sat in second as the closest to the young German, heading Mattias Ekström by a single point, with Bruno Spengler in fourth. However, with 50 points to play for, Wehrlein had a huge advantage, only needing to get on the podium with either Mortara or Ekstrom winning both races.

The Teams' Championship was led by HWA AG, who held a 40 point advantage into the final round. They could still lose out to Abt Sportsline, who sat in second, with BMW Team RMG and BMW Team MTEK also in close attendance. BMW had made a late charge to take control of the Brands' Championship, but could still miss out to to both Audi and Mercedes

Away from the title battle and there was a late change for Mercedes, as Daniel Juncadella fell ill in the build up to the weekend.[4] He was to be replaced by nineteen year old Frenchman Esteban Ocon, who would make his debut in the DTM using #34 as his race number.[4] However, Juncadella managed to recover over night on Friday, meaning that Ocon would ultimately have to wait for his race debut.[4]

EntriesEdit

Below is the entry list for the 2015 Hockenheim II:

2015 Hockenheim II Entry List
No. Nat. Name Entrant Car Weight
1 Flag of Germany Marco Wittmann BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 1,117.5 kg
2 Flag of Britain Gary Paffett ART Grand Prix Mercedes C63 DTM 1,127.5 kg
3 Flag of Scotland Paul di Resta HWA AG Mercedes C63 DTM 1,120 kg
5 Flag of Sweden Mattias Ekström Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 1,127.5 kg
6 Canadian Flag Robert Wickens HWA AG Mercedes C63 DTM 1,122.5 kg
7 Canadian Flag Bruno Spengler BMW Team MTEK BMW M4 DTM 1,115 kg
8 Flag of Germany Christian Vietoris HWA AG Mercedes C63 DTM 1,122.5 kg
10 Flag of Germany Timo Scheider Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 1,115 kg
12 Flag of Spain Daniel Juncadella Mücke Motorsport Mercedes C63 DTM 1,125 kg
13 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M4 DTM 1,117.5 kg
16 Flag of Germany Timo Glock BMW Team MTEK BMW M4 DTM 1,115 kg
17 Flag of Spain Miguel Molina Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 1,115 kg
18 Flag of Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 1,117.5 kg
22 Flag of Austria Lucas Auer ART Grand Prix Mercedes C63 DTM 1,120 kg
27 Flag of France Adrien Tambay Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 1,125.5 kg
31 Flag of Britain Tom Blomqvist BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 1,115 kg
34 Flag of France Esteban Ocon* Mücke Motorsport Mercedes C63 DTM 1,125 kg
36 Flag of Belgium Maxime Martin BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 1,125.5 kg
48 Flag of Italy Edoardo Mortara Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 1,127.5 kg
51 Flag of Switzerland Nico Müller Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 1,120 kg
53 Flag of Britain Jamie Green Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 1,125 kg
77 Flag of Germany Martin Tomczyk BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M4 DTM 1,125.5 kg
84 Flag of Germany Maximilian Götz Mücke Motorsport Mercedes C63 DTM 1,117.5 kg
94 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein HWA AG Mercedes C63 DTM 1,130 kg
99 Flag of Germany Mike Rockenfeller Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 1,127.5 kg
  • Ocon only drove in first practice.

Qualifying (Race One)Edit

Cold temperatures on Saturday morning meant that the cars were nervous on the circuit, and excitment at its peak for the 20 minute session.[5] Despite being a single session, however, the qualifying for race one ultimately occurred in two phases, with Maxime Martin snatching pole when the track was quiet between the two phases.[5] Timo Scheider and Miguel Molina completed the top three, ahead of the first Mercedes of Paul di Resta in fourth, although the attention was really focused on the title battle.[5]

The first of the contenders was Mattias Ekström, who only managed to take seventh, and needed a podium to keep his title hopes alive.[5] Edoardo Mortara was two places down in ninth, and would also require a podium to keep his challenge active, although with four other Audi drivers in front of them, their situation could easily be manipulated by the Ingolstadt outfit.[5] Pascal Wehrlein, on the other hand, would start down in thirteenth, and with only three Mercedes in front of him, would perhaps struggle to climb into the points.[5]

At the back of the field one could find Daniel Juncadella, who recovered from a suspected bout of food poisoning to get back into his car for the session.[5] He could ultimately only manage 23rd, ahead of a struggling Christian Vietoris, although with just nine tenths of a second covering the field, even minor mistakes cost places.[5] BMW, meanwhile, had the majority of their cars in the bottom half of the field, with Audi and Mercedes seeming to be on a level playing field.[5]

Post Qualifying (One)Edit

The results of the qualifying session for the first race are displayed below:

2015 Hockenheim II Qualifying One Result
Pos. No. Nat. Name Team Time Gap
1 36 Flag of Belgium Maxime Martin BMW Team RMG 1:32.637
2 10 Flag of Germany Timo Scheider Team Phoenix 1:32.711 +0.074s
3 17 Flag of Spain Miguel Molina Abt Sportsline 1:32.726 +0.089s
4 3 Flag of Scotland Paul di Resta HWA AG 1:32.766 +0.129s
5 53 Flag of Britain Jamie Green Team Rosberg 1:32.790 +0.153s
6 99 Flag of Germany Mike Rockenfeller Team Phoenix 1:32.793 +0.156s
7 5 Flag of Sweden Mattias Ekström Abt Sportsline 1:32.795 +0.158s
8 31 Flag of Britain Tom Blomqvist BMW Team RBM 1:32.808 +0.171s
9 48 Flag of Italy Edoardo Mortara Abt Sportsline 1:32.820 +0.183s
10 22 Flag of Austria Lucas Auer ART Grand Prix 1:32.828 +0.191s
11 13 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa BMW Team Schnitzer 1:32.847 +0.210s
12 2 Flag of Britain Gary Paffett ART Grand Prix 1:32.889 +0.252s
13 94 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein HWA AG 1:32.892 +0.255s
14 18 Flag of Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM 1:32.905 +0.268s
15 27 Flag of France Adrien Tambay Abt Sportsline 1:32.989 +0.352s
16 1 Flag of Germany Marco Wittmann BMW Team RMG 1:33.041 +0.404s
17 84 Flag of Germany Maximilian Götz Mücke Motorsport 1:33.072 +0.435s
18 7 Canadian Flag Bruno Spengler BMW Team MTEK 1:33.089 +0.452s
19 6 Canadian Flag Robert Wickens HWA AG 1:33.165 +0.528s
20 51 Flag of Switzerland Nico Müller Team Rosberg 1:33.283 +0.646s
21 16 Flag of Germany Timo Glock BMW Team MTEK 1:33.382 +0.745s
22 77 Flag of Germany Martin Tomczyk BMW Team Schnitzer 1:33.407 +0.770s
23 12 Flag of Spain Daniel Juncadella Mücke Motorsport 1:33.511 +0.874s
24 8 Flag of Germany Christian Vietoris HWA AG 1:33.531 +0.894s
Source

GridEdit

The starting grid for the 2015 Hockenheim II Race One is displayed below:

JUN 15 Livery GLO 15 Livery WIC 15 Livery GOE 15 Livery TAM 15 Livery WEH 15 Livery DAC 15 Livery MOR 15 Livery EKS 15 Livery GRE 15 Livery MOL 15 Livery MAR 15 Livery
Row12 12 Daniel Juncadella 1:33.511 Row11 16 Timo Glock 1:33.382 Row10 6 Robert Wickens 1:33.165 Row09 84 Maximilian Götz 1:33.072 Row08 27 Adrien Tambay 1:32.989 Row07 94 Pascal Wehrlein 1:32.892 Row06 13 António Félix da Costa 1:32.847 Row05 48 Edoardo Mortara 1:32.820 Row04 5 Mattias Ekström 1:32.795 Row03 53 Jamie Green 1:32.790 Row02 17 Miguel Molina 1:32.726 Row01 36 Maxime Martin 1:32.637
8 Christian Vietoris 1:33.531 77 Martin Tomczyk 1:33.407 51 Nico Müller 1:33.283 7 Bruno Spengler 1:33.089 1 Marco Wittmann 1:33.041 18 Augusto Farfus 1:32.905 2 Gary Paffett 1:32.889 22 Lucas Auer 1:32.828 31 Tom Blomqvist 1:32.808 99 Mike Rockenfeller 1:32.793 3 Paul di Resta 1:32.766 10 Timo Scheider 1:32.711
VIE 15 Livery                TOM 15 Livery                MUE 15 Livery                SPE 15 Livery                WIT 15 Livery                FAR 15 Livery                PAF 15 Livery                AUE 15 Livery                BLO 15 Livery                ROC 15 Livery                DIR 15 Livery                TSC 15 Livery               

Race OneEdit

With the track a cold 11C at the start of the race, and the title still up for grabs, the first race of the weekend, and the penultimate battle of the season, was set to be one of the most exciting of the year.[2] For Mattias Ekström and Edoardo Mortara the objective was clear: score a podium finish.[2] For Pascal Wehrlein, the lowest placed of the three, the aim of the day was to get into the lower end of the points, with sixth place earning him the title, regardless of Ekstrom or Mortara.[2]

ReportEdit

Maxime Martin shot away from the line to snatch the lead of the race as attention immediately focused on the title contenders.[2] Edoardo Mortara gained a couple of places as the cars leapt away, as Miguel Molina and Ekstrom went backwards, giving the Swede a lot more work to do.[2] Wehrlein also made a poor start, slipping down the order slightly, before being delayed by a spinning Adrien Tambay.[2] The Frenchman was tapped by Bruno Spengler into turn two, which meant that Wehrlein had to run wide to avoid him.[2]

Ekstrom was battling hard to keep ahead of Wehrlein by the end of the lap, receiving several taps from the cars around them.[2] A tap by Martin Tomczyk meant the Swede lost momentum out of turn eleven, allowing Wehrlein to draw alongside, before the Champion elect nudged his way up the inside of the Audi through turn twelve.[2] His day was then made all the better on the opening lap as Mortara suddenly slowed having had contact with Molina at the start of the lap, and now pitted with a puncture.[2]

With Ekstrom falling away and Mortara losing time in the pits, it was advantage Wehrlein for the title.[2] That meant attention could focus on the leaders in the race with Timo Scheider completing a move on Martin for the lead through the run out of the hairpin to the Mercedes Arena.[2] Back with Wehrlein, meanwhile, and the youngster was past Tomczyk after a few bumps between them through the penultimate corner.[2] Moments earlier, Tomczyk had attempted to pass Maximilian Götz through the Sachs Kurve, but a robust defence from the rookie cost Tomczyk time and gave Wehrlein the opportunity to force his way past.[2]

However, Tomczyk was back past down the main straight, the two exchanging some minor blows until the first corner, with Robert Wickens now acting as a rear guard for Wehrlein.[2] His role in the title fight was about to become decisive, as Wehrlein got out of shape through the exit of the corner, meaning Wickens had to get out of the throttle.[2] That, in turn, allowed Ekstrom to sweep around the outside of him, although as they braked for turn two, the Canadian locked up a smacked into the rear right of the Audi, sending the Swede into a spin, and to the very back of the field.[2]

Moments later and the field was behind the safety car, although the incident in question did not involve the title fight.[2] Gary Paffett had been challenging Marco Wittmann seventh, with Molina in close attendance through the hairpin, with the soon-to-be ex-Champion defending successfully.[2] Molina had the momentum on the Brit out of the corner, although he was too late on the brakes through the Mercedes Arena, meaning they came together through the corner.[2] Out went Paffett with suspension damage, while debris littered the circuit, as Augusto Farfus got a whack from Paffett hard enough to damage his front right wheel.[2]

The safety car was in with just ten minutes of the race gone, with Scheider immediately building a lead at the head of the field, while Mortara latched onto the back of the field.[2] Tomczyk and Wehrlein were scrapping once again, with Wehrlein safe in the knowlege that Christian Vietoris and Daniel Juncadella were acting as rear gunners as Wickens and Spengler pitted for penalties.[2] With DRS becoming active for the first time on lap nine (fifteen minutes into the race), Mortara and Ekstrom switched places at the back of the field, as Wehrlein finally forced his way past Tomczyk, with Vietoris also sneaking through.[2]

Back at the front of the field and Scheider was clear and way, as Green drew in Martin for second.[2] A clean and quick move put the Brit into second, before the Brit slowed the pace of the group behind him in a vein attempt to allow Mortara and Ekstrom to catch up.[2] Wehrlein, meanwhile, was now in tenth, with Lucas Auer sacrificing his place to the German and stable mate Vietoris, meaning there was another Mercedes between the Champion elect and his rivals.[2] Gotz would soon hand ninth place to Wehrlein too, as Mortara lost out to Timo Glock to slip ever further behind.[2]

A lap later and it was all over for Mortara, as he made a mistake trying to follow Auer through on Glock, only to collect the ex-F1 driver in Mercedes. Mortara retired after serving his penalty, as Ekstrom became the only man who could defeat Wehrlein, although his chance was fading fast.[2] That said, the Swede was still fighting, barging his way past Tomczyk to begin his run to the back of Wehrlein, and attempt to force his way through to the podium.[2]

The final laps proved to be a peaceful affair, with only Ekstrom pushing for the points.[2] His charge claimed Vietoris with five minutes to go, although he still had another Mercedes in between him and Wehrlein in the form of Gotz.[2] On the final lap, Glock spun out of the race at the Sachs Kurve, as Scheider crossed the line to win for the first time since the Adria 2010 meeting.[2] Green and Martin held station for second and third, although all of the attention was on the man in eighth.[2]

Wehrlein crossed the line as Gotz fell to Ekstrom, although that late move was not even close enough to affect the title battle.[2] On the eve of his 21st birthday, Wehrlein became the youngest ever DTM Champion, with Ekstrom finishing the race in ninth.[2] The partying on Saturday night could not be too heavy for the new Champion, however, as Sunday still had the business of the Teams' and Brands' Championships to resolve.[2]

ResultEdit

The full result from race one is displayed below:

2015 Hockenheim II Race One Result
Pos. No. Nat. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1 10 Flag of Germany Timo Scheider Team Phoenix 26 42:27.725 25
2 53 Flag of Britain Jamie Green Team Rosberg 26 +2.875s 18
3 36 Flag of Belgium Maxime Martin BMW Team RMG 26 +3.756s 15
4 3 Flag of Scotland Paul di Resta HWA AG 26 +4.865s 12
5 99 Flag of Germany Mike Rockenfeller Team Phoenix 26 +11.708s 10
6 1 Flag of Germany Marco Wittmann BMW Team RMG 26 +15.768s 8
7 31 Flag of Britain Tom Blomqvist BMW Team RBM 26 +16.972s 6
8 94 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein HWA AG 26 +22.034s 4
9 5 Flag of Sweden Mattias Ekström Abt Sportsline 26 +23.719s 2
10 84 Flag of Germany Maximilian Götz Mücke Motorsport 26 +24.137s 1
11 13 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa BMW Team Schnitzer 26 +25.405s
12 8 Flag of Germany Christian Vietoris HWA AG 26 +25.597s
13 12 Flag of Spain Daniel Juncadella Mücke Motorsport 26 +26.780s
14 51 Flag of Switzerland Nico Müller Team Rosberg 26 +32.108s
15 77 Flag of Germany Martin Tomczyk BMW Team Schnitzer 26 +41.299s
16 22 Flag of Austria Lucas Auer ART Grand Prix 26 +43.679s
17* 17 Flag of Spain Miguel Molina Abt Sportsline 26 +1:01.566
18 16 Flag of Germany Timo Glock BMW Team MTEK 24 +2 laps
19 7 Canadian Flag Bruno Spengler BMW Team MTEK 20 +6 laps
Ret 48 Flag of Italy Edoardo Mortara Abt Sportsline 17 Retired
Ret 6 Canadian Flag Robert Wickens HWA AG 14 Damage
Ret 18 Flag of Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM 4 Damage
Ret 2 Flag of Britain Gary Paffett ART Grand Prix 3 Accident
Ret 27 Flag of France Adrien Tambay Abt Sportsline 0 Accident
Source
  • Molina handed a 30 second penalty for causing a collision.[2]

Qualifying (Race Two)Edit

Unlike Saturday, rain had come to Hockenheim on Sunday morning, although the circuit was drying quickly when the cars left the pits to start the 20 minute session.[6] With the title battlo over, attention was placed on the battle for second, with four drivers still with a chance for the runner-up spot.[6] While Pascal Wehrlein, celebrating his 21st birthday, could relax despite only qualifying in seventeenth, for Mattias Ekström, Edoardo Mortara, Jamie Green and Bruno Spengler the fight was still on.[6]

Three of those four sat at the top of the times for part of the session, although all would ultimately be denied by former Champion Gary Paffett, who crossed the line in the dying moments of the session to snatch pole.[6] It was advantage Green among the quartet after the Brit claimed second, ahead of Ekstrom who just fell short on his final lap.[6] But, for Mortara and Spengler, the session ended differently, as the Italian only managed thirteenth, and the Canadian fifteenth.[6]

Although the conditions meant the gap between first and last was larger than it had been on Saturday, the margin for error was still minimal.[6] Christian Vietoris was once again the slowest of the session, again unable to produce a clean lap, joined on the backrow by Martin Tomczyk.[6] It was another difficult day for BMW, who seemed to be struggling with the little extra weight they had to carry, with only Maxime Martin and Augusto Farfus getting into the top ten for the Bavarians.[6]

Post-Qualifying (Two)Edit

The results of qualifying for race two are shown below.

2015 Hockenheim II Qualifying Two Result
Pos. No. Nat. Name Team Time Gap
1 2 Flag of Britain Gary Paffett ART Grand Prix 1:32.645
2 53 Flag of Britain Jamie Green Team Rosberg 1:32.683 +0.038s
3 5 Flag of Sweden Mattias Ekström Abt Sportsline 1:32.729 +0.084s
4 17 Flag of Spain Miguel Molina Abt Sportsline 1:32.746 +0.101s
5 36 Flag of Belgium Maxime Martin BMW Team RMG 1:32.826 +0.181s
6 27 Flag of France Adrien Tambay Abt Sportsline 1:32.845 +0.200s
7 51 Flag of Switzerland Nico Müller Team Rosberg 1:32.861 +0.216s
8 10 Flag of Germany Timo Scheider Team Phoenix 1:32.936 +0.291s
9 84 Flag of Germany Maximilian Götz Mücke Motorsport 1:32.958 +0.313s
10 18 Flag of Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM 1:32.976 +0.331s
11 3 Flag of Scotland Paul di Resta HWA AG 1:32.991 +0.346s
12 31 Flag of Britain Tom Blomqvist BMW Team RBM 1:33.056 +0.411s
13 48 Flag of Italy Edoardo Mortara Abt Sportsline 1:33.064 +0.419s
14 99 Flag of Germany Mike Rockenfeller Team Phoenix 1:33.093 +0.448s
15 7 Canadian Flag Bruno Spengler BMW Team MTEK 1:33.096 +0.451s
16 1 Flag of Germany Marco Wittmann BMW Team RMG 1:33.098 +0.453s
17 94 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein HWA AG 1:33.120 +0.475s
18 12 Flag of Spain Daniel Juncadella Mücke Motorsport 1:33.163 +0.518s
19 13 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa BMW Team Schnitzer 1:33.223 +0.578s
20 6 Canadian Flag Robert Wickens HWA AG 1:33.255 +0.610s
21 16 Flag of Germany Timo Glock BMW Team MTEK 1:33.481 +0.836s
22 22 Flag of Austria Lucas Auer ART Grand Prix 1:33.549 +0.904s
23 77 Flag of Germany Martin Tomczyk BMW Team Schnitzer 1:33.639 +0.994s
24 8 Flag of Germany Christian Vietoris HWA AG 1:33.801 +1.156s
Source

GridEdit

The starting grid for the final race of the 2015 DTM Championship is shown below:

TOM 15 Livery GLO 15 Livery DAC 15 Livery WEH 15 Livery SPE 15 Livery MOR 15 Livery DIR 15 Livery GOE 15 Livery MUE 15 Livery MAR 15 Livery EKS 15 Livery PAF 15 Livery
Row12 77 Martin Tomczyk 1:33.639 Row11 16 Timo Glock 1:33.481 Row10 13 António Félix da Costa 1:33.223 Row09 94 Pascal Wehrlein 1:33.120 Row08 7 Bruno Spengler 1:33.096 Row07 48 Edoardo Mortara 1:33.064 Row06 3 Paul di Resta 1:32.991 Row05 84 Maximilian Götz 1:32.958 Row04 51 Nico Müller 1:32.861 Row03 36 Maxime Martin 1:32.826 Row02 5 Mattias Ekström 1:32.729 Row01 2 Gary Paffett 1:32.645
8 Christian Vietoris 1:33.801 22 Lucas Auer 1:33.549 6 Robert Wickens 1:33.255 12 Daniel Juncadella 1:33.163 1 Marco Wittmann 1:33.098 99 Mike Rockenfeller 1:33.093 31 Tom Blomqvist 1:33.056 18 Augusto Farfus 1:32.976 10 Timo Scheider 1:32.936 27 Adrien Tambay 1:32.845 17 Miguel Molina 1:32.746 53 Jamie Green 1:32.683
VIE 15 Livery                AUE 15 Livery                WIC 15 Livery                JUN 15 Livery                WIT 15 Livery                ROC 15 Livery                BLO 15 Livery                FAR 15 Livery                TSC 15 Livery                TAM 15 Livery                MOL 15 Livery                GRE 15 Livery               

Race TwoEdit

Despite the damp and foggy morning, the track was completely dry in Hockenheim for the final race of the season, with the matter of two Championships to settle.[3] HWA held the lead in the Teams' Championship, with a perfect score from Abt Sportsline enough to unseat them should they fail to score. The Brands' title, meanwhile, could see any of the three manufacturers take the title, with 63 points between BMW and Mercedes, with Audi just ahead of the Stuttgarters for second.

ReportEdit

Off the line, Gary Paffett got a perfect start to launch himself into a comfortable lead in the race, ahead of Jamie Green, whose poor start was mitigated by Maxime Martin, who had to surrender the place back to him after running wide.[3] All 24 cars survived the first corner, and all made it through to the end of the lap, as Paffett sprinted away, with Green trying to keep with him.[3]

Marco Wittmann, outgoing Champion, was having to battle his way from the back of the field, bruising his BMW after a move on Lucas Auer through the hairpin.[3] His successor Pascal Wehrlein ran just ahead, having been involved heavily in the action on lap one, but avoided losing any of the valuable parts on his Mercedes.[3] Back at the front and the tide was turning in Green's favour, as he began to draw in Paffett, as Martin fended off Mattias Ekström and Adrien Tambay.[3]

DRS became active on lap four, the perfect time for Green who threw his Audi down the inside of Paffett for the lead at the hairpin.[3] As the orange Audi quickly built a small gap, Martin was driving an incredibly wide BMW, which was now holding off two Audis.[3] A lunge by Ekstrom came to nothing through the Mercedes Stand, with Tambay looming ever closer the the rear of his team mate.[3] Martin's defence also allowed Miguel Molina and Paul di Resta to catch the trio, with the rest of the field not to far away.[3]

Ekstrom was through a lap later, having placed his Audi on the outside of Martin in the braking zone for the hairpin, before cutting inside to hit the apex and powering away.[3] Martin tried to retake the position into the Mercedes section, but faltered, with Tambay preparing to attack next.[3] Before that could happen though, Paffet's pace was tumbling, and he soon fell into Ekstrom's sights, with the Swede dragging Martin an co. with him.[3] It proved to be a short and sharp battle between them, with Ekstrom stamping on the brakes up the inside of the Brit into Mercedes and was through.[3]

Moments later, Wittmann was out of the race after his bonnett left his car at full speed, having been damaged by earlier contact.[3] Fortunately, the debris landed next to the barrier and could be removed without a safety car, while Wittmann drove around to his pit box to retire.[3] Back on circuit and Tambay produced a late lunge on Martin for fourth, bouncing his way along the side of the BMW through the hairpin to get past, with Molina also lining up a move on the exit.[3] 

Tambay was attacking Paffett the next time the field came through the hairpin, although his lunge up the inside was too late, meaning he ran wide and Paffett and Martin forced their way back past.[3] Or so it seemed, as the Frenchman fought back against the Belgian through turn seven and snatched the inside line for Mercedes, regaining fourth place.[3] His move also forced Martin to run wide on the exit of the corner, allowing Molina to get fifth from the BMW, which further hampered the Belgian.[3] Di Resta forced his way past through turn eleven, and in doing so allowed Timo Scheider to dart past in the run up to the Sachs Kurve, with Martin falling from fifth to eight in the space of four corners.[3]

The conditions earlier in the day had prompted the DMSB to remove the pit window for the race, meaning that Timo Glock could stop with just seventeen minutes gone.[3] Paffett, meanwhile, had slipped behind Tambay off camera, the Frenchman now running in third with the Brit now under attack from Molina, while the first accident of the day occured at the back of the field.[3] Tom Blomqvist came steaming into the hairpin and braked to late, locking up as he hit the back of Robert Wickens, who was spun around and lost time.[3] Blomqvist was put under investigation for the incident, which was a mirror of Wickens' accident with Ekstrom on Saturday.[3]

Paffett ended his complaining about his rear tyres on the next lap, although a slow stop threw him down to the back of the top ten, an issue with the front left wheel the culprit.[3] Nico Müller was released into his path as they left the pits, which earned the Swiss driver a penalty, as he ran Martin wide through Mercedes, opening the door for Paffett to pounce on the Belgian and recover one of his lost positions.[3] The next few laps saw the field trickle into the pits, before there was more drama on circuit.[3]

Those two traded places at almost every turn of the next lap, with the Brit ultimately ending up ahead as António Félix da Costa drew closer.[3] They remained glued together as Tambay and Molina caught a group of cars yet to stop.[3] Tambay breezed past Christian Vietoris at the start of the Parabolika turn, with Molina not to far way.[3] Unfortunately, the Spaniard got out of shape on the brakes, slid into Vietoris and caused the German to spin, a spin that carried his car right into the side of Tambay.[3] The Frenchman, enjoying his best race of the season, was an innocent party in all of that, but was out of the race, with Vietoris limping on for a few metres before coming to a stop.[3]

With both drivers managing to move their cars out of the way, the race continued unabated, with di Resta taking Molina a lap later.[3] Paffett, meanwhile, was throwing a furious defence against Martin for seventh, as da Costa and Bruno Spengler loomed ever closer to support their team mate.[3] But ultimately, the pace of three BMWs behind him proved to much, and once Martin bested him on the exit of the hairpin, both da Costa and Spengler nudged their way past through Mercedes, knocking Paffett further down the order as Molina received a penalty for causing a collision.[3]

Muller was back in the wars after his penalty, this time trying to sweep across Wehrlein into the hairpin for fifteenth, only to get push over the kerbs on the exit by the new Champion.[3] The pair continued to trade blows until the DMSB stepped in, telling Wehrlein to hand Muller the place after it was deemed he had gained an unfair advantage.[3] As that message was being relayed to them, however, Wehrlein had slipped beind Muller and was trying a lunge on the brakes to get back past.[3] It was misjudged, however, and the German clattered into the Swiss driver, with both running wide.[3] The drama was still not over for them, as Wehrlein then drove straight over one of the huge kerbs on the outside of the turn, launching his Mercedes a foot into the air.[3]

Wehrlein soon tumbled to the very back of the field while carrying the damage to his car caused through his incidents with Muller, as Edoardo Mortara completed the stops and emerged in fifth.[3] His progress through the field over the closing stages proved to be the last entertainment of the season, as stops and incidents spread the field.[3] He had already made up eight places through his late stop, and was now hunting down a podium finish.[3]

First in the Italian's sights was Timo Scheider, who had been out of the action all day and proved a willing victim for Mortara's charge.[3] As Mortara began his charge on di Resta for third, da Costa completed a move down the inside of Martin for sixth to become the highest running BMW driver, before they tussled for the position over the final minutes.[3] Back with Mortara and the Italian was catching the Scot at every turn, before a swift move through the hairpin earned him the place.[3]

Martin and da Costa swapped places once again just before the final lap, with Green leading from Ekstrom and the charging Mortara.[3] But, the Brit was not to be denied his fourth win of the season, and as he ran to the line on the last lap, the fireworks along the side of the home straight lit up, as Green crossed the line to bring the sixteenth DTM season to a close.[3] That result earned him the runner-up spot in the Championship, ahead of his fellow podium partners Ekstrom and Mortara.[3] 

ResultsEdit

The second race final result is displayed below:

2015 Hockenheim II Race Two Result
Pos. No. Nat. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1 53 Flag of Britain Jamie Green Team Rosberg 39 1:02:02.198 1:34.380 25
2 5 Flag of Sweden Mattias Ekström Abt Sportsline 39 +1.351s 1:34.329 18
3 48 Flag of Italy Edoardo Mortara Abt Sportsline 39 +18.914s 1:34.086 15
4 3 Flag of Scotland Paul di Resta HWA AG 39 +28.694s 1:34.774 12
5 10 Flag of Germany Timo Scheider Team Phoenix 39 +30.581s 1:34.914 10
6 36 Flag of Belgium Maxime Martin BMW Team RMG 39 +38.003s 1:34.571 8
7 13 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa BMW Team Schnitzer 39 +39.190s 1:34.832 6
8 7 Canadian Flag Bruno Spengler BMW Team MTEK 39 +39.761s 1:34.818 4
9 2 Flag of Britain Gary Paffett ART Grand Prix 39 +40.197s 1:34.986 2
10 77 Flag of Germany Martin Tomczyk BMW Team Schnitzer 39 +47.682s 1:34.756 1
11 17 Flag of Spain Miguel Molina Abt Sportsline 39 +49.554s 1:34.976
12 16 Flag of Germany Timo Glock BMW Team MTEK 39 +54.040s 1:35.194
13 12 Flag of Spain Daniel Juncadella Mücke Motorsport 39 +55.955s 1:35.084
14 84 Flag of Germany Maximilian Götz Mücke Motorsport 39 +1:00.941 1:35.301
15 18 Flag of Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM 39 +1:04.344 1:35.459
16 99 Flag of Germany Mike Rockenfeller Team Phoenix 39 +1:07.538 1:35.242
17 51 Flag of Switzerland Nico Müller Team Rosberg 39 +1:15.417 1:35.128
18 31 Flag of Britain Tom Blomqvist BMW Team RBM 39 +1:19.406 1:35.182
19 6 Canadian Flag Robert Wickens HWA AG 39 +1:21.170 1:35.311
20 22 Flag of Austria Lucas Auer ART Grand Prix 39 +1:23.359 1:35.278
21 94 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein HWA AG 39 +1:31.948 1:35.484
Ret 8 Flag of Germany Christian Vietoris HWA AG 15 Accident 1:35.942
Ret 27 Flag of France Adrien Tambay Abt Sportsline 15 Accident 1:34.888
Ret 1 Flag of Germany Marco Wittmann BMW Team RMG 7 Damage 1:35.626
Source

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

So Pascal Wehrlein becomes the youngest ever DTM Champion, having defeated Mattias Ekström, Edoardo Mortara and Bruno Spengler in the first race. A late charge by Jamie Green, out of the title fight before the weekend, used his fourth win of the season to leap into second place on the final day, ahead of the trio who tried to deny Wehrlein. Ekstrom stayed third at the end of it all, with Mortara slipping to fourth and Spengler ending the season in fifth, the only one of the top five to fail to win all season. 

Elsewhere, HWA AG claimed their first Teams' Championship for five seasons, ending a drought of Championships for Mercedes, although they would finish bottom of the Brands' Championship for the fourth consecutive season, as BMW pounced. The Bavarians ended the season with BMW Team RMG in second place, ahead of Abt Sportsline, as Audi would ultimately rue Timo Scheider's actions at the Red Bull Ring

 
2015 DTM Championship
Pos. Nat. Name Pts. +/-
1 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein 169 ◄0
2 Flag of Britain Jamie Green 150 ▲3
3 Flag of Sweden Mattias Ekström 147 ◄0
4 Flag of Italy Edoardo Mortara 143 ▼2
5 Canadian Flag Bruno Spengler 123 ▼1
6 Flag of Germany Marco Wittmann 112 ◄0
7 Flag of Belgium Maxime Martin 94 ▲4
8 Flag of Scotland Paul di Resta 90 ▲4
9 Flag of Britain Gary Paffett 89 ▼2
10 Flag of Germany Mike Rockenfeller 83 ◄0
11 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa 79 ▼2
12 Flag of Brazil Augusto Farfus 77 ▼4
13 Canadian Flag Robert Wickens 61 ◄0
14 Flag of Britain Tom Blomqvist 59 ▲3
15 Flag of Germany Timo Glock 56 ▼1
16 Flag of Germany Christian Vietoris 56 ▼1
17 Flag of Spain Miguel Molina 54 ▼1
18 Flag of Germany Timo Scheider 51 ▲5
19 Flag of Germany Martin Tomczyk 27 ▼1
20 Flag of Spain Daniel Juncadella 26 ▼1
21 Flag of Switzerland Nico Müller 26 ▼1
22 Flag of Germany Maximilian Götz 25 ▼1
23 Flag of Austria Lucas Auer 18 ▼1
24 Flag of France Adrien Tambay 3 ◄0
2015 Teams' Championship
Pos. Nat. Name Pts. +/-
1 Flag of Germany HWA AG 225 ◄0
2 Flag of Germany BMW Team RMG 206 ▲1
3 Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline 201 ▼1
4 Flag of Germany BMW Team MTEK 179 ◄0
5 Flag of Germany Team Rosberg 176 ◄0
6 Flag of Germany HWA AG 151 ▲2
7 Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline 146 ▼1
8 Flag of Germany BMW Team RBM 136 ▼1
9 Flag of Germany Team Phoenix 134 ▲2
10 Flag of France ART Grand Prix 107 ▼1
11 Flag of Germany BMW Team Schnitzer 106 ▼1
12 Flag of Germany Mücke Motorsport 51 ◄0


2015 Brand Championship
Pos. Nat. Name Pts. +/-
1 Flag of Germany BMW 602 ◄0
2 Flag of Germany Audi 595 ▲1
3 Flag of Germany Mercedes 534 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:

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  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 2.34 2.35 2.36 2.37 2.38 2.39 2.40 '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)
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 3.26 3.27 3.28 3.29 3.30 3.31 3.32 3.33 3.34 3.35 3.36 3.37 3.38 3.39 3.40 3.41 3.42 3.43 3.44 3.45 3.46 3.47 3.48 3.49 3.50 '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)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 '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)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 'MAXIME MARTIN ON POLE POSITION, TITLE CANDIDATES CLOSELY TOGETHER', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 17/10/2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/maxime-martin-pole-position-title-candidates-closely-together-2015-10-17.html, (Accessed 17/10/2015)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 'PAFFETT TO START FROM POLE POSITION FOR THE FINALE', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 18/10/2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/paffett-start-pole-position-finale-2015-10-18.html, (Accessed 18/10/2015)

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