2016 DTM season finale at Hockenheim - Audi vs BMW
The DTM season will end this weekend with two races at Hockenheim. The battle for the trophy in each of three categories is still opened.
After exciting eight rounds and 16 races, we will see who will win the trophies in the Drivers’, Manufacturers’ and the Teams’ championship. The only thing that is sure is that Mercedes will stay empty handed. The Stuttgarters are out of contention in every category and the season of 2016 will be remembered as a poor one. On the other hand, Audi and BMW will go into the hard battle.
Three possible outcomes and many scenarios for the Drivers’ title
The battle for the Drivers’ championship title is surely the most interesting one. The BMW driver and a former champion Marco Wittmann has an advantage of 14 points to Audi driver Edoardo Mortara while Jamie Green, another Audi driver, is 38 points behind and could be considered as a dark horse. Wittmann probably has several points advantage but let’s not forget that Hockenheim circuit is better suited for Audi as ’The Four Rings’ won almost every race in Hockenheim in the last couple of years.
Only Marco Wittmann has the chance of winning the title and it will probably happen on Saturday. There are four possibilities:
- If he wins and Edoardo Mortara doesn’t make it to the podium
- If finishes second and Mortara doesn’t make it to the top six
- If finishes third and Mortara fails to make it to the top eight
- If finishes fourth and Mortara doesn’t score
Mortara could pass Wittmann on Saturday in the championship standings and then he can start the final race on Sunday as a championship leader. There are three possibilities:
- If he finishes third and Wittmann doesn’t make it to the top nine. If Wittmann finishes 10th, they will be tied for points, prior to the final race. In this case, Mortara will be the leader due to having more race wins
- If he finishes second and Wittmann doesn’t make it to the top seven. If Wittmann finishes eighth, they (once again) will be tied for points. In this case, Mortara again will be the leader due to having more race wins under his belt.
- If the Italian wins and Wittmann doesn’t make it to the top four
The 2015 season runner-up Jamie Green has a chance of winning the title but still he has to be lucky enough to achieve that. This is what Green needs to stay ’alive’ for the last race:
- Green wins, Wittmann finishes in 5th place. In this case, Mortara’s result won’t matter
- Green finishes second, Wittmann finishes in 9th place and Mortara doesn’t win
- Green finishes third, Wittmann doesn’t score and Mortara finishes behind him
If this happens, Green driver will be a title contender in the last race on Sunday, but his chances are really small.
Audi has an advantage in both Teams’ and Manufacturers’ championships
In the Teams’ championship, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline leads with 269 points. Before the last round, Mike Rockenfeller was moved to the team from Audi Sport Team Phoenix to partner Mortara. The former champion Mattias Ekstrom will miss the last round due to obligations in WRX. BMW Team RMG (Wittmann and Timo Glock) is 25 points behind the leaders.
The last round also will decide who will win the Manufacturers’ championship. BMW is a title defender, the Bavarians are 37 points behind the Ingolstadters while Mercedes-Benz has 174 points less than Audi.
The first 40-minute DTM race at Hockenheim kicks-off on Saturday 14:55 CET, while the one-hour race starts on Sunday 15:15 CET.