Bruno Spengler was able to secure second in the DTM standings after storming to his fourth victory of the season at Hockenheim.
The Canadian driver, who also won at Norisring, Nurburgring and at Le Mans, started from the front row of the grid but made a poor start to drop down to fifth place – having lined up on the front row of the grid alongside Heinz-Harald Frentzen.
However the DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG Mercedes was soon making moves to get back to the head of the pack, with Spengler having jumped back into second place by the eighth lap.
On lap eleven he claimed the lead from Frentzen and was able to establish a lead that that carried him to second in the championship standings – despite the best efforts of Jamie Green in the closing laps.
“It was probably one of the most exciting races of the season,” Spengler said afterwards. “In the first laps, it was a great fight with five cars wheel-to-wheel - it was like racing a kart! I had a bad start, but my car was very competitive and I have to thank all the members of my team again, they did a brilliant job all weekend.
“Today was just my day. I am totally happy with my season, even though it could have been even better. Making it into the top five was my goal, so I am really happy now - second in the championship is really great.”