Audi's Edoardo Mortara has won his fifth race of the season but it wasn't enough to deny BMW's Marco Wittmann a second career DTM crown during an action packed Hockenheim finale.

The visibly emotional Abt Sportsline driver did everything he needed to take the title for himself but Team RMG's Wittmann held his nerve amidst tricky circumstances and took the championship by a mere four-point margin.

At one point, Wittmann's title looked in real danger after emerging from his pit-stop in seventh, while Mortara retained the lead. But the race came back to Wittmann and was able to pick up the necessary points in fourth.

Back at the start, it was Antonio Felix da Costa who successfully led away from pole position but, following a quite breath-taking opening five-laps, Mortara and Wittmann ended up leading the field on lap six despite both starting from the third row.

While the waves immediately parted for Wittmann to leap into third, Mortara had a terrible start but defied his slow getaway and clawed his back to fifth by the Spitzkehre hairpin.

Meanwhile, as the two title contenders attempted to assert their positions in the race, Gary Paffett began to throw everything at the race leading BMW of Da Costa.

Da Costa appeared stern in defence of his lead but the pair made contact at the Mercedes Arena, which sent the Portuguese driver into a spin and down to 19th.

Wittmann almost seized the lead from Paffett but the Brit held on after the altercation until he was handed a drive-through penalty for his part in the incident.

The German's stint in the lead didn't last long thereafter as Mortara sensationally sliced his way past Wittmann into the Spitzkehre hairpin.

Once in clear air, Mortara had the legs over Wittmann and gradually pulled away as the pit-window loomed.

By the time the leaders pitted, Mortara had built himself a 6.5 second lead over Wittmann. That gap proved pivotal as while the Audi emerged back in the lead, Wittmann filtered back in fifth on lap 24.

Christian Vietoris, Tom Blomqvist and Paul di Resta all pitted much earlier than the two leaders and leapfrogged the majority of the leading pack, much to Wittmann's dismay.

Courtesy of a little assistance from his BMW team mate Blomqvist, patience paid dividends for Wittmann as fourth was enough to guide him to glory, while Mortara took the win ahead of Mercedes duo Di Resta and Vietoris.

Fittingly, Wittmann's RMG team mate Timo Glock acted as the champion's rear gunner in fifth, ahead of fellow BMW stablemates Maxime Martin and Blomqvist.

Jamie Green was eighth for Team Rosberg ahead of Robert Wickens in ninth.

Team Schnizter's Martin Tomczyk bowed out from a distinguished DTM career by scoring his final point in the series in tenth.

 

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