Brazil’s Augusto Farfus took victory from fellow title rival Mike Rockenfeller at the Motosport Arena Oschersleben this afternoon, as the title fight comes down to these two gladiators of the touring car world, which will see its conclusion in either of the next two races, be it at Zandvoort or Hockenheim.
Audi Sport’s Jamie Green secured his first podium of the year, finishing in third place ahead of Filipe Albuquerque and Timo Scheider, which saw a great result for all eight Audi RS5 DTMs in the top ten, with Gary Paffett being the only Mercedes-Benz driver in the points in sixth place. Mattias Ekstrom, Miguel Molina, Adrien Tambay and Edoardo Mortara kept the charging Pascal Wehrlein at bay for what was a great points haul for Ingolstadt in its charge for the manufacturer title.
Drama was to help decide the race for the title, narrowing down the drivers left that would be able to compete for the title this year. Bruno Spengler was to get a lightening start from the moment the lights went out, making his way into P3 ahead of “Rocky.” This was before his altercation with Robert Wickens, with both coming together several times on Lap 38, with both Canadian drivers retiring shortly after and ending their chances at the title. Wickens retired due to damage to his suspension, whereas Spengler lost the bonnet on his BMW BANK M3 DTM.
Christian Vietoris and Gary Paffett were both out of the title fight as well, with the young German in 18th place, having suffered his worst weekend of the season overall, with the Brit looking forward to hopefully taking some wins before the end of the season.
Martin Tomczyk’s jump start landed the Bavarian with a drive through penalty, which saw him again suffer another non-scoring finish for another season for him to forget, with Dirk Werner also struggling at the very start, having made a slow getaway, but was involved in a titanic battle with Marco Wittman and Wehrlein for eleventh.
Joey Hand and Timo Glock had been able to make up some places at the start, but the Oschersleben track is technical but doesn’t really give that much of an opportunity for overtaking, and both drivers finished in P15 and p16 behind Roberto Merhi.
Rockenfeller now has a lead of only 33 points ahead of Farfus, with a high placed finish in either Zandvoort or Hockenheim securing the driver the first title for Audi Sport since Tomczyk in 2011, who was running exactly the same colours that year. Spengler will have two more races with the number 1 on his M3 DTM, before it is only a matter of time before the balance of power finally shifts once again.