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Farfus wins at Zandvoort – Rockenfeller is the new DTM champion
Farfus jumps to an early lead
The battle has been decided: in the ninth round of the 2013 DTM season at Zandvoort in The Netherlands, Mike Rockenfeller claimed an early championship title. In the penultimate round of the season at the dune circuit on the North Sea coast, second place for the 29-year old was enough.

Thus, prior to the DTM finale at Hockenheim, he is leading the drivers’ standings beyond reach for Augusto Farfus (BMW), for whom even victory at Zandvoort wasn’t enough. For the Brazilian, it was his third win of the year. Timo Scheider (Audi) scored his best result of the season in third place. In ninth position, Gary Paffett was the best-placed Mercedes-Benz driver.

Rockenfeller said afterwards, "I need a few minutes to myself now in order to realize the success. It was a long race, and it had a bit of spice due to the start. After overtaking Marco Wittmann, I briefly dreamed of victory when I closed the gap to Augusto (Farfus). But I was having difficulties on the standard tire. I was happy that Timo (Scheider) was behind me and covered the rear for me."

Results - 44 laps:

Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Behind
1. Augusto Farfus (BR) RBM BMW 1h13m26.294s
2. Mike Rockenfeller (D) Phoenix Audi +1.603s
3. Timo Scheider (D) Abt Audi +2.149s
4. Mattias Ekstrom (S) Abt Audi +3.383s
5. Marco Wittmann (D) MTEK BMW +3.652s
6. Adrien Tambay (F) Abt Audi +3.834s
7. Joey Hand (USA) RBM BMW +4.444s
8. Filipe Albuquerque (P) Rosberg Audi +5.060s
9. Gary Paffett (GB) HWA Mercedes +6.795s
10. Miguel Molina (E) Phoenix Audi +7.023s
11. Martin Tomczyk (D) RMG BMW +7.397s
12. Pascal Wehrlein (D) Mucke Mercedes +7.415s
13. Jamie Green (GB) Abt Audi +8.068s
14. Edoardo Mortara (I) Rosberg Audi +9.992s
15. Christian Vietoris (D) HWA Mercedes +10.596s
16. Robert Wickens (CDN) HWA Mercedes +11.117s
17. Daniel Juncadella (E) Mucke Mercedes +11.558s
18. Timo Glock (D) MTEK BMW +12.043s
19. Andy Priaulx (GB) RMG BMW +12.890s
20. Bruno Spengler (CDN) Schnitzer BMW +21.301s
DNF Dirk Werner (D) Schnitzer BMW 37 laps
DNF Roberto Merhi (E) HWA Mercedes 1 lap

Points: 1. Rockenfeller 142 - 2. Farfus 116 - 3. Vietoris 71 - 4. Wickens 70 - 5. Spengler 67 - 6. Paffett 67
Pieter Slinger reporting from Zandvoort

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