The 2013 DTM was a strange one in many ways. For every outstanding performance or action-packed weekend there was a controversy, or some other kind of disquiet rearing its ugly head.
Few drivers managed to deliver anything resembling consistency in its traditional sense. This was not down to any lack of quality on their part, or on that of their teams, but simply an indication of just how hotly contested the 2013 season was.
Where else could a loss of just 0.2s of relative pace from one weekend to the next be the difference between qualifying on the second row, or not even making it into the top 10?
Some, however, did cope with the ups and down better than others. Most notable among these was Mike Rockenfeller, who finally, after seven years of trying, fought off allcomers to add the DTM title to his huge collection of sportscar accolades.
1 Mike Rockenfeller
Phoenix Racing Audi RS5
Championship: 1st (142 points)
Fastest laps: 1
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
DTM could race in Russian Grand Prix venue Sochi in the future
Why the DTM doesn't need Britain anymore