Audi's Timo Scheider says winning his first DTM race in over five years at the Hockenheimring is the perfect tonic after enduring a 'difficult' 2015 campaign.

Scheider made the headlines for all the wrong reasons earlier in the season thanks to his role in the infamous 'push him out' incident at the Red Bull Ring. But the 36-year bounced back during the penultimate round of the year and captured his first DTM win since Adria 2010.

The former double champion rolled back the years to dominate today's [Saturday] earlier race at the expense of his Audi team mate Jamie Green and BMW's Maxime Martin.

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Scheider wasted no time in disposing of pole-man Martin on only the second lap of the race with a clinical move at the Mercedes Tribune. From there on in, the Team Phoenix driver was in a league of his own and capped off a peerless performance by coasting over the line by almost three seconds.

"To finally stand at the very top again after such a difficult season is a great feeling," said Scheider.

"I'm very happy about it, especially for my guys in Audi Sport Team Phoenix who, just like I, had to wait for a long time for this moment. Obviously, it's a shame for Audi that we weren't able to keep the title race open in the drivers' classification."