The 2011 season marked the end of an era in DTM competition, in more ways than one.
Even before the season began, it was known that this would be the last year for the current breed of cars before sweeping rule changes come into effect for 2012; and it was evident, too, that BMW would enter the series 12 months later, making it the last of six campaigns in which the championship would be fought out between Mercedes and Audi.
With Paul di Resta taking his considerable talent off to the world of Formula 1, a new champion was destined to be crowned; but while most - including AUTOSPORT - expected former title-winners Gary Paffett, Mattias Ekstrom and Timo Scheider to be the main protagonists, few would have given Martin Tomczyk even a remote chance.
In a decade with the Abt Sportsline team, Tomczyk had managed just four wins, and had fought for the championship on only one occasion, in 2007.
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