Hockenheim DTM: Green takes runner-up spot with finale win

Jamie Green secured the runner-up position in the 2015 DTM standings with a fourth victory of the season, leading an all-Audi podium in the final race of the year.

Hockenheim DTM: Green takes runner-up spot with finale win
Jamie Green, Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS 5 DTM
Second place Jamie Green, Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS 5 DTM
Jamie Green, Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS 5 DTM
Mattias Ekström, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi A5 DTM
Edoardo Mortara, Audi Sport Team Abt Audi RS 5 DTM
Mattias Ekström, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi A5 DTM
Mattias Ekström, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi A5 DTM
Pascal Wehrlein, HWA AG Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM

From second on the grid, Green made a sluggish getaway in comparison to poleman Gary Paffett, but the Mercedes driver didn’t have the pace to press home his advantage.

Green made his move on the fourth lap with a textbook dummy pass at the Spitzkehre hairpin, and barring a brief period after his pitstop, held the lead throughout thereafter.

His nearest challenger was Audi teammate Mattias Ekstrom, who dropped behind Maxime Martin’s BMW at the start before passing the Belgian exiting the hairpin on the fifth lap, and then dispatching Paffett at Mercedes-Arena two laps later.

The Swede closed to within two seconds of Green in the closing stages, but was unable to get close enough to attempt a pass, settling for second at the chequered flag, 1.3s behind.

Behind, a late stop enabled Edoardo Mortara to move up to third to complete an all-Audi podium, the Italian resuming in fifth after pitting and making short work of Timo Scheider and Paul Di Resta.

Di Resta hung on for fourth, best of the Mercedes drivers, ahead of Scheider – who remains under investigation for pit light infringement – and Martin, who came out top in a battle against BMW stablemate Antonio Felix da Costa for sixth.

Bruno Spengler was eighth, helped by Paffett – who already been delayed by a slow stop – being shoved wide by Martin at Mercedes-Arena in a move that also allowed Da Costa through.

Paffett finished ninth, with Martin Tomczyk clinching the final point in 10th, BMW clinching the manufacturers' crown from Audi by seven points.

Newly crowned champion Pascal Wehrlein had a disastrous final race of the campaign from his P17 grid slot, making contact with Nico Muller at the hairpin and finishing 20th.

Another driver to hit trouble was Adrien Tambay, who was forced to retire after being hit by an out-of-control Christian Vietoris at the hairpin after the stops.

The German was a victim of contact in the braking zone with Miguel Molina, who was able to continue but earned a drive-through penalty for causing the incident.

Outgoing champion Marco Wittmann was an early casualty when his entire front bodywork suddenly flew off his BMW in the early laps.

Race results:

Pos. Driver Car Time/Gap
Jamie Green Audi 1:02'02.198
Mattias Ekstrom Audi 1.351
Edoardo Mortara Audi 18.914
Paul Di Resta Mercedes 28.694
Timo Scheider Audi 30.581
Maxime Martin BMW 38.003
Antonio Felix da Costa BMW 39.190
Bruno Spengler BMW 39.761
Gary Paffett Mercedes 40.197
10  Martin Tomczyk BMW 47.682
11  Miguel Molina Audi 49.554
12  Daniel Juncadella Mercedes 55.955
13  Maximilian Gotz Mercedes 1'00.941
14  Augusto Farfus BMW 1'04.344
15  Mike Rockenfeller Audi 1'07.538
16  Nico Muller Audi 1'15.417
17  Tom Blomqvist BMW 1'19.406
18  Robert Wickens Mercedes 1'21.170
19  Lucas Auer Mercedes 1'23.359
20  Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes 1'31.948
21  Timo Glock BMW 1'54.040
Christian Vietoris Mercedes  
Adrien Tambay Audi  
Marco Wittmann BMW  
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