Jamie Green has made a last gap bid to wrestle the DTM title away from his Audi team mate Mattias Ekstrom by winning the penultimate race of the season at the Hockenheimring.

The Team Rosberg driver started the race from third on the grid but quickly surged into race-winning contention and passed pole-sitter Timo Glock in the early stages following a forceful exchange between the pair.

Once having established himself in the race lead, Green was able to control proceedings throughout the pit-window and gradually built a four-second winning margin ahead of his Audi team mate Rockenfeller in second.

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Team Phoenix's Rockenfeller enjoyed a late charge up the order and demoted BMW's Glock to third in the dying stages of the race.

Critically, in terms of the championship picture, Green's third win of the season has moved the British driver back up to second in the standings ahead of Rene Rast, while also closing the gap to championship leader Ekstrom to just nine-points with one race to go.

Team Abt's Ekstrom looked set to consolidate a solitary point in tenth position with just two-minutes of the race remaining. However, BMW's Bruno Spengler shuffled the Swedish veteran back a further position down the order to eleventh.

Sixth position for Rast also moves the German closer to Ekstrom's championship lead and will go into tomorrow's finale also just 13-points back from the title summit.