Mattias Ekstrom has been crowned the DTM Champion for the second time in his career after his third place at the Hockenheim season finale was enough to guarantee him the title.

The race winner was Jamie Green, who scored his second victory in a row, following an impressive drive to the front of the field, while Timo Scheider claimed second and, most importantly, Ekstrom rounding out the podium to secure the title.

Repeating his win in 2004, it is also the first time Audi has claimed the title since the Swede won three years ago, capping off what has been an occasionally controversial but nonetheless exciting 2007 season.

Indeed, in comparison to the previous race in Spain that was marred by Audi's mid-race withdrawal, the final event of the season continued with barely any problems, a skirmish on the first lap proving the only physical altercation over the course of the race.

That skirmish however did involve title contender Martin Tomczyk, the German being tagged by his team-mate Scheider as he emerged back onto the circuit following an off on the first lap. It also resulted in Gary Paffett being spun around, the Brit ending his comeback season in the DTM with a first lap retirement.

Scheider had been leading going into the hairpin on the first lap when he out-braked himself and ran wide, allowing through pole sitter Tom Kristensen, Ekstrom and Green in front.

Ekstrom was soon allowed into the lead of the race by Kristensen, but the Dane's attempts to keep Green behind him proved futile as the Brit slipped through on lap three and went off in search of Ekstrom.

It took just six laps for Green to catch and pass Ekstrom, who likely allowed the looming white Mercedes through easier than if he wasn't challenging for the title.

From here, the race settled into its usual battle of strategic minds between Mercedes and Audi, Green stretching his lead out front as he adopted a conservative approach to the timing of his two pit-stops. Ekstrom too wasn't taking any chances, with Mercedes instead being forced to show their hand first as they attempted to get Spengler into play.

The Canadian pitted on lap six, but was finding it hard to thread his way through the traffic as Green and Ekstrom stretched out at the front of the field on a clear circuit.

Indeed, Ekstrom's only challenge through the race came courtesy of his recovering team-mate Scheider, whom he duly allowed through during the second pit-stops.

And so it remained to the finish line, Green pulling away gradually to record his second consecutive win just two weeks after managing his maiden DTM triumph in Spain. Scheider was second to record his first ever podium result in seven seasons of trying, doing his chances of remaining with the works Audi team in 2008 no hard at all.

Ekstrom was the focus of attention though, holding off the late pressure of Spengler to cross the line third and claim the 2007 title, his sole victory in the first race of the season being reinforced by six further podiums, all of which came in the final seven races.

Spengler was a frustrated fourth after never really getting into contention to wrestle the title from the grasp of Audi and Ekstrom, but he will at least end the season as the best of the Mercedes.

Bernd Schneider gave up his 2006 title with a fifth place finish, ahead of pole sitter Kristensen. Alex Margaritis led the best of the year-old machines in seventh, while Paul di Resta brough a magnificent debut DTM season to a close with eighth place and a single point.