Hey folks. Now that the 2011 DTM season is over and done with with an Audi 1-2 at the top of the tables; who do you think will be the champ next year?
Judging from form; I think Eki is the man on form with his late season surge of 3 victories and a 2nd place to his name. He moved up quite well in Hockenheim too; from 10th (I think?) to 6th; and I’m just hoping he will be a 3-time DTM champion by this time next year :D
Ekström is the first name that comes to mind but if I had to make a bet now, my choice would fall on Andy Priaulx. He is a very experienced driver just like Eki but the car might be decisive. I think BMW will have worked very hard to ensure a successful return to DTM, they’ve also probably had more time and more resources to shift to the development of the new car. But that’s only speculations, it’s really hard to predict the title contenders now.
The car could be decisive; yes. I haven’t actually seen the 2012 DTM regulations anywhere so I’m not sure how free and open development is – but the cars should be closer than this year rather than further; especially as there are many spec parts.
I did plan on watching this year but unfortunately I missed the majority of it. I can watch it on TV and I plan on getting hold of a V+ HD box so I can record stuff. There’s no way I could possibly watch everything I want to live!
Apparently ITV4 will be showing the races, which is interesting. I and severl others from the site here are visiting Brands Hatch hexy month to see the DTMs in action. As for who I’ll be gunning for, I guess the Brits. And BMW. So Mr Pree-ii-aauuux probably!
Paffett is looking really strong atm. Having said that, Audi looked good in Spielberg. Mortara’s maiden pole and win, and Ekstrom looking racy, only losing 3rd because of his ill-fated attempt around the outside of Paffett for P2 at the start.
I must say I think Ekstrom and Paffett have both driven darn well this year – it’s like a repeat of Vettel and Alonso last year. Two epic drivers – one in the quickest car, and the other in the 3rd quickest (I’m talking over a season average rather than at each race) and getting just about the maximum from their results at each race weekend. The points differences look daunting, but I think that’s just due to the blasted points system that they’ve adopted, following the FIA contrived 25-point-win system.