Green wins on Saturday – battle for the title to be decided in the final race

Race start
Race start

Bright sunshine, packed grandstands, thrilling duels and happy winners: the DTM race at the Hockenheimring on Saturday provided pure racing. After 36 laps, Audi driver Jamie Green was able to celebrate as he was standing on the top step of the podium for the third time this year. Behind him, his fellow Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller crossed the finish line in second place and completed the 1-2 for Audi. Third place went to BMW driver Timo Glock, who had started the race from pole position.

“I am really happy to have won the race," Green said after having started from second place. “I particularly enjoyed the duel with Timo. That was good racing and it was fair throughout." Pole sitter Glock, who was firstly overtaken by Green after a few laps and then by Rockenfeller on the final lap, was still happy with third place. “We knew that Audi would be very strong over the distance," Glock said. “I then concentrated on a good start after my pole position and pull a gap. When Jamie came to the fore, I had no way to defend." Rockenfeller benefited from a late pit stop on lap 23. After his stop, Rockenfeller overtook one opponent after another and worked his way up into third place. On the final lap, ‘Rocky’ then also overtook Glock and came home in second place. “That was a race I really enjoyed. From seventh place on the grid, I made my way to the front and gained the positions on the track. With the fresh tyres, it was no problem," the 2013 DTM champion said.

Maxime Martin, who started from second place on the front row, just missed out on a podium finish in fourth position. Mercedes-AMG driver Edoardo Mortara finished fifth ahead of title candidate René Rast. Robert Wickens, Lucas Auer, Gary Paffett and Bruno Spengler took the final point-scoring positions in that order.

Rockenfeller drove hard for 2nd
Rockenfeller drove hard for 2nd

Prior to the 18th and final race of the season on Sunday, one thing is already clear: the 2017 DTM champion will be driving an Audi RS 5 DTM. Eleventh in today’s race, Mattias Ekström didn’t score any points and he saw his margin over his rivals reduced from 21 to nine points.

With Ekstrom (172 points), Green (163), Rast (159) and Rockenfeller (152), only four Audi drivers still have chances of the coveted DTM championship title. Ekström and Green, however, will be handicapped for the finale: after his third warning, Ekström will be dropped five places on the starting grid while Green already received his fifth warning and therefore will be dropped ten positions.

The battles for the manufacturers’ and teams’ championships were already decided: prior to the final race of the season, Audi is almost 200 points ahead. The brand from Ingolstadt can no longer be overtaken by Mercedes-AMG and BMW. In the teams’ standings, the Audi Sport Team Rosberg with Jamie Green and René Rast is beyond reach.

Who will claim the 2017 DTM championship title will be decided in the race on Sunday from 15.00 hrs. Prior to that, the starting grid positions will be determined in qualifying from 12.00 hrs. A list of the global TV broadcasts can be found here. All sessions can be watched in the live stream at

Race One Results

1 Jamie Green Audi 36 56m52.478s
2 Mike Rockenfeller Audi 36 3.939s
3 Timo Glock BMW 36 5.666s
4 Maxime Martin BMW 36 10.448s
5 Edoardo Mortara Mercedes 36 12.962s
6 Rene Rast Audi 36 14.752s
7 Robert Wickens Mercedes 36 16.196s
8 Lucas Auer Mercedes 36 23.633s
9 Gary Paffett Mercedes 36 24.615s
10 Bruno Spengler BMW 36 25.027s
11 Mattias Ekstrom Audi 36 25.764s
12 Nico Muller Audi 36 26.371s
13 Marco Wittmann BMW 36 27.426s
14 Paul Di Resta Mercedes 36 29.288s
15 Tom Blomqvist BMW 36 30.867s
16 Maro Engel Mercedes 36 35.288s
17 Augusto Farfus BMW 36 37.358s
18 Loic Duval Audi 36 42.024s

Drivers' championship

1 Mattias Ekstrom 172
2 Jamie Green 163
3 Rene Rast 159
4 Mike Rockenfeller 152
5 Lucas Auer 135
6 Marco Wittmann 134
7 Timo Glock 133
8 Maxime Martin 124
9 Robert Wickens 119
10 Paul Di Resta 99
11 Gary Paffett 90
12 Nico Muller 81
13 Bruno Spengler 75
14 Edoardo Mortara 59
15 Maro Engel 51
16 Augusto Farfus 29
17 Loic Duval 22
18 Tom Blomqvist 22

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