The final race of the 2011 DTM season will traditionally take place in Hockenheim, on October 23. Audi driver Martin Tomczyk has already clinched the title. Nevertheless, the upcoming race is going to be special as it is the last race before the big changes that DTM is going to face in 2012.
This will be the last race for the current car models. There will be new technical regulations next year so Audi A4 DTM and the current Mercedes C-Class model will make way for new machines. Both manufacturer teams will be joined by BMW in 2012. It is expected that some drivers will change their teams (for instance, Bruno Spengler is leaving Mercedes to join BMW), some new ones (Andy Priaulx, Augusto Farfus) will make their DTM debuts and some of the existing ones will obviously have to leave the series.
Last year’s German finale (the season ended in Shanghai) was won by Paul di Resta. At the moment, the 2004 and 2007 champion Mattias Ekström seems to be the man to beat as he has won 3 of the last 4 races. He has good chances of getting the 2nd place in the championship.
The current standings:
Martin Tomczyk, Audi 64
Bruno Spengler, Mercedes 51
Mattias Ekström, Audi 49
Timo Scheider, Audi 34
Mike Rockenfeller, Audi 26
Are you going to watch the Hockenheim race? What are your thoughts and / or expectations ahead of it?