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.

Related Pictures

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Mattias Ekstrom - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit: DTM Media]
Nico Muller - Rosberg Audi RS 5 DTM [pic credit Audi Media]
Lucas Auer - Mercedes AMG C63 DTM [pic credit Mercedes Media]
Jamie Green - Rosberg Audi [pic credit Audi Media]
Dieter Gass, Audi Sport, DTM [Credit: Audi Sport]
ART Grand Prix, DTM [Credit: Mercedes-Benz DTM]
Gotz at Mercedes
Esteban Ocon poses with the Mercedes DTM car at Jerez. Pic credit: Daimler
Charles Pic poses next to a Mercedes DTM car at Jerez. Pic credit: Daimler
AMG Mercedes C-Coupe [pic credit Mercedes]
AMG Mercedes C-Coupe [pic credit DTM Media]
Mattias Ekstrom - Abt Audi [pic credit DTM Media]
Mattias Ekstrom - Abt Audi [pic credit DTM Media]
Mattias Ekstrom - Abt Audi [pic credit DTM Media]
Mattias Ekstrom - Abt Audi [pic credit DTM Media]
Mattias Ekstrom - Abt Audi [pic credit DTM Media]
Paul di Resta - AMG Mercedes [pic credit DTM Media]
Miguel Molina - Abt Audi [pic credit DTM Media]

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ss - Unregistered

October 14, 2007 8:09 PM

Put these guys in an open wheel championship, ..any .. and GREEN would piss it!!!! Well done son.Thats what being British is all about ,being GREAT.Your wasted in DTM mate,get in F1 and show us all what we know you can do. Your record, versus Lewis Hamilton ,is unquestionably dominant.Purely on those stats you would have been supreme, FORMULA ONE CHAMP,this year. What a tussle f1 would be, between you and hamilton If anyone cares about motorsport,and really wants to see racing ,lets get it on!!!!!!!!!

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