Nobody had mentioned it all season, but as Timo Scheider sat down after the season finale at Hockenheim as the new DTM champion, someone finally said what the whole paddock had been thinking all year: "To be honest, at the start of the year I don't think anyone was expecting the Audi challenge to come from Timo."
Those were the words of Jamie Green shortly after the race. It was said with total respect for the new champion, but few could disagree with Jamie. In fact, Scheider himself admits that he wouldn't have put money on his black Audi for the title, even after a pre-season in which he had topped most of the tests.
"Expectations were high for 2008, but nothing like this," he beamed, having had a bit of time to reflect on what he has achieved this year. "Basically, the new car worked in the right way for me and we found a good set-up straight away. But it was only testing. Only after the first race did I realise that this was a car I could be quite successful with."