Hockenheim DTM: Pascal Wehrlein wins title, Timo Scheider wins race

Mercedes driver Pascal Wehrlein is the 2015 DTM champion, having secured the title in a scrappy Hockenheim race won by Audi's Timo Scheider

Hockenheim DTM: Pascal Wehrlein wins title, Timo Scheider wins race

Formula 1 reserve driver Wehrlein crossed the line in eighth, more than enough to wrap up the championship with one race to spare, as the men looking to snatch it from him had days to forget.

Mattias Ekstrom started the race best of the group in seventh, but was slow off the line and then turned around at the hairpin by Robert Wickens on the third lap, before charging back to ninth.

Bruno Spengler made a fast start from 18th to run ninth early, but was handed a drive-through penalty for first-lap contact with Adrien Tambay and eventually retired.

Edoardo Mortara clashed with Audi stablemate Miguel Molina on the first lap, pitted to replace a puncture, turned Timo Glock around, served a drive-through penalty and later retired.

That all meant Wehrlein would have won the title regardless.

He dropped from 13th to 16th on the first lap, after a slow start and running wide at Turn 2, but progressed over the remainder of the 40 minutes, despite some hairy moments while fighting BMW's Martin Tomczyk.

A day before his 21st birthday, Wehrlein becomes the youngest-ever DTM champion.

One of the oldest drivers in the field, 36-year-old Scheider dominated the race.

From second on the grid, he grabbed the lead from polesitter Maxime Martin early, then romped away to lead by nearly five seconds, before winning by 2.8s.

Having started the day 23rd in the standings, Scheider's victory is his first since October 2010.

Jamie Green got past Martin and finished second, his first podium since the Lausitzring round in May.

Paul di Resta took fourth, ahead of Mike Rockenfeller, Marco Wittmann, Tom Blomqvist and Wehrlein.

The race was delayed by a safety car period following a clash between Gary Paffett and Molina, which forced the Brit out of the race.

RESULTS - 26 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 42m27.725s
2 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 2.875s
3 Maxime Martin RMG BMW 3.756s
4 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 4.865s
5 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 11.708s
6 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 15.768s
7 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 16.972s
8 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 22.034s
9 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 23.719s
10 Maximilian Gotz Mucke Mercedes 24.137s
11 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 25.405s
12 Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 25.597s
13 Daniel Juncadella Mucke Mercedes 26.780s
14 Nico Muller Rosberg Audi 32.108s
15 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 41.299s
16 Lucas Auer ART Mercedes 43.679s
17 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m01.566s
18 Timo Glock MTEK BMW 2 Laps
19 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 6 Laps
- Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi Retirement
- Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes Retirement
- Augusto Farfus RBM BMW Retirement
- Gary Paffett ART Mercedes Retirement
- Adrien Tambay Abt Audi Retirement

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