Pascal Wehrlein is the new DTM champion!
Pascal Wehrlen is the new DTM champion. In the penultimate race of the season at Hockenheim, Mercedes driver finished eighth what was enough to bring him first major trophy in career. Day before his 21st birthday, talented German have another reason to celebrate and he absolutely deserves congratulations as he became youngest ever DTM champion.
Maxime Martin in BMW had a pole position in front of two Audis with Timo Scheider and Miguel Molina, while title contenders were well behind – Mattias Ekstrom started from seventh, Edoardo Mortara from ninth and championship leader Pascal Wehrlein from 13th position.
Start was very intensive, with a lot of contacts and small accidents. Mortara had a tyre puncture and was forced to go into the pit. After lap 3, Scheider took the lead and was followed by Martin, Jamie Green, Paul Di Resta and Mike Rockenfeller. In a meantime, Wehrlein in the middle of the grid was very aggressive and too nervous, causing few troubles on the track, while Ekstrom had a soin but managed to get back in the race. Finally, safety car was deployed after accident between Miguel Molina and Gary Paffett. Mercedes driver has deteriorated in the accident and retired as his car was badly damaged.
When the race was restarted two laps later, passion on the track have settled a bit, probably because Wehrlein could be calm as his rivals were well behind and all the attention was directed towards them. On top of the grid, Scheider had four seconds advantage ahead of Green after first half of the race. Martin was third, while Di Resta and Rockenfeller were behind him.
Mortara’s title dreams were definitely broken when he had to serve drive-throudh penalty 15 minutes before the end and soon he retired. Ekstrom desperately tried to move into points, while Wehrlein on 10th place just had to be patient.
At the end, Wehrlein finished eighth, but that was more than enough to brng him championship title as Mattias Ekstrom was ninth. Timo Scheider won almost three seconds ahead of Jamie Green, bringing 1-2 to Audi, while Martin finished third, keeping alive BMW’s hope of winning Manufacturers’ title.
Remaining points in this race were scored by Paul Di Resta, Mike Rockenfeller, Marco Wittmann, Tom Blomqvist and Maximilian Gotz.
DTM season ends on Sunday with round 18 race starting on 15.15 CET.