The closeness of the competition in the 2013-spec DTM meant that few people - even those closely involved with the series - would have predicted the scenario of Mike Rockenfeller wrapping up the championship with a round to spare.
But it happened.
While the events of Zandvoort could be viewed as making this weekend's season finale at Hockenheim a bit of an anti-climax, there is still plenty to play for; not least the manufacturers' and teams' championships; the two awards Audi, BMW and Mercedes are most concerned with.
It's taken him a while to emerge as a consistent title challenger, but in the final year of DTM's Class One rule set, Nico Muller has smoothed the rough edges and has double champion stablemate Rene Rast working harder than ever to keep up in the title race
Opel's fortunes in the DTM had taken a turn for the worst by 2003 - hardly the pedigree that suggested it could take on the toughest 24-hour race of them all. But that's exactly what it did
It's 20 years since the DTM roared back into life at a packed Hockenheim with a back-to-basics approach as the antidote to its high-tech past. Now it's on its knees again, so is it time to recall the lessons learned in 2000?
The Opel Vectra GTS was the last in the line of the marque's DTM challengers, but failed to hit the lofty heights of its predecessors when financial constraints hit
DTM boss Gerhard Berger was an ardent detractor of Formula E and was reluctant for his series to embrace greener engine technologies. But this cynic's tune has had to change to ensure the DTM's existence in the future of motorsport
BMW eyes glorious send-off for M3 in DTM finale
Hockenheim DTM: Dirk Werner quickest for BMW in practice