DTM » 14 October 2007
Green wins, Ekstrom takes title.
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.
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