Green strolls to maiden 2011 win

Audi Team Abt Sportsline's Rockenfeller and Mattias Ekstrom contributed to Audi's perfect season with the pairs fourth and sixth place finishes good enough for the team to take the overall DTM teams championship.

Ekstrom's sixth place also gave the Swede the three points' he needed in order to jump Mercedes' Bruno Spengler to second place in the championship. A result in which nobody can deny the Swede after a luckless few seasons following his previous championship success.

Former double DTM champion Timo Scheider has also endured a difficult 2011 campaign, his seventh place finish does well to sum up his season, unfulfilled after showing promising pace.

It's the same story for Britain's Oliver Jarvis who came into this season expecting so much; however the Brit could only manage eighth at the finale leaving him a distant tenth in the championship.

Spengler rounded off his faltering campaign outside the points finishing just 0.4s off Jarvis and heading home rookie Filipe Alburquerque who finished tenth in his Audi.

Ralf Schumacher and David Coulthard rounded off another lacklustre showing from the former F1 aces with Schumacher finishing eleventh while a botched pit stop from Coulthard saw him finish 17th over a lap behind the leaders.

DTM now goes into its winter break which should provide everyone involved with the series anything but a break as the German tin-top championship enters a new era. Winter will play host to a ferocious testing programme for all three of the manufacturers as the development of cars will remain pivotal in deciding the course of next year's championship. Come the end of April, we'll truly find out who will lead into the new era.

by Simon Evans

Tagged as: Mercedes , Audi , Hockenheim , Jamie Green

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Martin Tomczyk and Miguel Molina. Hockenheim [Pic credit: Audi]
Martin Tomczyk. Audi Sport Team Phoenix. Hockenheim [Pic credit: Audi]
Jamie Green. AMG Mercedes. Hockenheim [Pic credit: Mercedes]

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