Oct 21

Spengler wins his first DTM title at Hockenheim

Bruno Spengler is the 2012 DTM champion

DTM logoBy winning the race on the Hockenheim circuit for the last race of the DTM season, Bruno Spengler finally won his first title in the DTM. Gary Paffett finished runner-up.

After good start, Bruno Spengler quickly grabbed the second position in front of Gary Paffett before overtaking his teammate Augusto Farfus before the end of the first lap. The Canadian then built a small lead of two seconds from the Brazilian before making his first tire change.

During the first pitstops, Spengler retained the leadership but Gary Paffett took second place. While playing in the fourth position from the start of the race, Mattias Ekström was forced to abandon due to a wheel nut problem.

At the halfway point, Bruno Spengler had 3.171 seconds lead on his title rival Gary Paffett. Augusto Farfus was in third place before Jamie Green and Dirk Werner. Canadian Robert Wickens had to abandon after contact with Spaniard Roberto Merhi.

The last race of David Coulthard DTM happens certainly not as he would have liked. The Scot collided with Timo Scheider in the second sector and made a third pit stop before leaving the next round.

Team Schnitzer mechanics did a great job for the second stop of Bruno Spengler. The Canadian remained first with 4.119 seconds ahead of Paffett. With still 17 laps to go on the Hockenheim circuit before landing his first DTM title. Miguel Molina ended his season in the wall of tires in the last sector while Timo Scheider was handed a drive-throug penalty for hitting for David Coulthard.

Gary Paffett did not want to miss his chance to win a second title in the DTM. The British realized the fastest lap at the 29th passage and gained on Bruno Spengler. However, the BMW driver managed to retain a second ahead at the start of the final laps.

Championship leader since the first race, Gary Paffett eventually loses the title in the final race of the year against Bruno Spengler. The Canadian win his fourth race of the season before the British and ensures his first DTM title. Second, Paffett will therefore be vice-champion. Augusto Farfus finished on the third step of the podium.


1.  Bruno Spengler      Schnitzer BMW     1h07m59.069s
2.  Gary Paffett        HWA Mercedes          + 2.214s
3.  Augusto Farfus      RBM BMW              + 11.954s
4.  Jamie Green         HWA Mercedes         + 23.479s
5.  Dirk Werner         Schnitzer BMW        + 25.384s
6.  Edoardo Mortara     Rosberg Audi         + 41.701s
7.  Andy Priaulx        RBM BMW              + 42.265s
8.  Joey Hand           RMG BMW              + 42.843s
9.  Ralf Schumacher     HWA Mercedes         + 43.878s
10.  Christian Vietoris  HWA Mercedes         + 45.138s
11.  Filipe Albuquerque  Rosberg Audi         + 58.232s
12.  Timo Scheider       Abt Audi           + 1m14.020s
13.  Susie Wolff         Persson Mercedes   + 1m35.931s
14.  Martin Tomczyk      RMG BMW                + 1 lap
15.  Roberto Merhi       Persson Mercedes       + 1 lap
16.  Rahel Frey          Abt Audi               + 1 lap


     Miguel Molina       Phoenix Audi           25 laps
     David Coulthard     Mucke Mercedes         23 laps
     Robert Wickens      Mucke Mercedes         20 laps
     Mattias Ekstrom     Abt Audi               11 laps
     Mike Rockenfeller   Phoenix Audi            2 laps
     Adrien Tambay       Abt Audi                 1 lap

source: Flagworld, Cédric Dupont, www.toilef1.com, photo: BMW AG