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Schneider back on top.

Bernd Schneider rolled back the years to record victory in the opening round of the DTM championship at Hockenheim on Sunday and, in the process, claim his 40th race victory.

Despite being the series most coveted driver, four-time champion Schneider has been ousted by a number of younger drivers in recent years, but showed maturity and speed in abundance after taking the lead at the first corner and never relinquishing it over the course of 37 laps.

It is something that he hopes can lead him to his first title since 2003, with the German confident that he can produce a similar performance through the year. In past campaigns, a Schneider win in round one has often led to the title at the end of the year, and the German is hoping that the trend continues.

"I really enjoyed this afternoon," he said, "I hope to have a few more like these in the course of this season.

"When 15 cars have chances of winning, you know that there is a tough race waiting for you. But I had a good start and thus was able to make the best use of my strategy. Victory here is a good omen, it can go on like this."


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22 Timo Glock (D), BMW Team MTEK, BMW M3 DTM wins at Hockenheim in the final race of the 2013 DTM Championship - Sunday, October 20 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
4 Roberto Merhi (E), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé takes DTM career-best second at Hockenheim in the final race of the 2013 DTM Championship - Sunday, October 20 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
22 Timo Glock (D), BMW Team MTEK, BMW M3 DTM wins at Hockenheim in the final race of the 2013 DTM Championship - Sunday, October 20 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
22 Timo Glock (D), BMW Team MTEK, BMW M3 DTM wins at Hockenheim in the final race of the 2013 DTM Championship - Sunday, October 20 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
22 Timo Glock (D), BMW Team MTEK, BMW M3 DTM wins at Hockenheim in the final race of the 2013 DTM Championship - Sunday, October 20 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
22 Timo Glock (D), BMW Team MTEK, BMW M3 DTM wins at Hockenheim in the final race of the 2013 DTM Championship - Sunday, October 20 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)

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