Van der Linde was crowned champion, and Whitman won in the end

Van der Linde reached the final race a mere two points behind Mercedes. Lucas Auer And a 19-point advantage over departing Audi driver Rene Rast.

With Rast failing to take the win, he needed to have any chance of winning a fourth championship and ending Auer behind him, Van der Linde’s third place result was enough to secure him his first DTM title.

At the start of the race, Rust was unable to take full advantage of the pole position as he slipped to second behind the fast-charging Whitman, who jumped from fourth to first in the run into Turn One.

Van der Linde dropped to sixth in his Schubert BMW on the opening lap, but took advantage of the Audi duo Marius Zug And the Dave Gor They fight with each other to beat them in one move in Turn 1.

After that, Auer quickly pushed his Winward Mercedes into the top 10 after the qualifying cut-off left him 11th on the grid, but he was still too far from van der Linde to be able to fix him in the champ

Van der Linde reached the final race with a narrow two-point advantage over Mercedes’ Lucas Auer and a 19-point advantage over departing Audi driver Rene Rast.

With Rast failing to take the win, he needed to have any chance of winning a fourth championship and ending Auer behind him, Van der Linde’s third place result was enough to secure him his first DTM title.

At the start of the race, Rust was unable to take full advantage of the pole position as he slipped to second behind the fast-charging Whitman, who jumped from fourth to first in the run into Turn One.

Van der Linde dropped to sixth in his Schubert BMW on the opening lap, but took advantage of the Audi duo Marius Zug and Dave Goer battling each other to overtake them in one step into the first turn.

After that, Auer quickly pushed his Winward Mercedes into the top 10 after the qualifying cut-off left him 11th on the grid, but he was still a long way from van der Linde to fix it in the championship.

Van der Linde and Auer pitted simultaneously on lap six, with the drivers returning in the same positions as previously as South Africa continued to maintain the lead over their main rival.

Auer was unable to make any way in van der Linde’s lead in his second stint, even being replaced by Nico Müller’s Rosberg Audi, back to seventh.

Meanwhile, Van der Linde rose to the podium levels when he was the driver of Grasser Lamborghini Clemens Schmid She slipped in the rankings with a hole, which put him further away from Auer in the championship standings.

Although the South African came under pressure from Zug’s Attempto Audi in the later stages of the race, he was able to hold onto third place and secure his first DTM title.

It ended a six-year winless streak for BMW in the premier racing category in Germany, with the Munich-based brand winning a championship in 2016 with Wittmann.

Coincidentally, it was Whitman who took home the win in the Hockenheim Final after climbing to the top in a close duel with Rust who saw them hammer the wheels several times after they stopped.

Having stopped for new tires a lap away from the Walkenhorst driver, Rast was able to quickly get close to him and sent his car inside into Turn 6, with the drivers running side-by-side on the next right.

Next, Rast and Wittmann made contact in Turn 8 with the Audi driver who was sent wide over the run-down area, but Rast kept his foot on the throttle and eventually completed the move into Turn 12.

However, uncharacteristic for the three-time champ, he made a slight mistake to netted Turn 5 on the next lap, running wide over the grass and into hoarding care before rejoining the track again.

This gave Whitman the impetus to regain the lead and duly moved outside into a hairpin on his way to victory.

Thus, Rast had to settle for second on his last race outing as an Audi driver, while Van der Linde finished 10 seconds behind the leading duo to secure the title.

Attempto Audii Zug grabbed his first result among the top 10 of the season in fourth place, while Kelvin van der Linde Charged near the back of the pack to finish fifth in the Abt Audi.

Muller is ranked sixth, while Auer was unable to make any progress in the second period carrying a 25kg success weight on his Winward Mercedes as he crossed the disappointing seventh streak.

The top ten was completed by Leon Koehler (Walkenhorst BMW), Luca Stolz (HRT Mercedes) and Ricardo Feller (Abt Audi), the last name to get the final championship point despite having to do an extra hole to replace the damaged tire.

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