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Audi takes DTM title in spectacular style

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Martin Tomczyk's 2008 Audi A4 DTM

This season marks the end of an era for DTM. Next year the German touring car series switches to new regulations, the new cars will all be coupe-based (or at least look like coupes) and BMW joins in on the action. And with this chapter in DTM history closing, Audi has gone down in history as the undisputed champions. Or at least one of its drivers has.

With one round still to go, Martin Tomczyk holds such an unassailable lead in the standings as to be crowned champion a race early. The death blow was dealt to his rivals when Tomczyk came in third place this past weekend at the penultimate round in Valencia – one of a handful of DTM races held outside Germany – as part of an Audi-dominated 1-2-3-4-5-6 finish that relegated Mercedes-AMG drivers Bruno Spengler and Gary Paffett to seventh and eighth place.

Perhaps most surprising is that Tomczyk – 29 years old from Bavaria – was not even driving the latest car which two-time former champion, Audi poster boy and winner of the race in Valencia, Mattias Ekstrom, has at his disposal. No, Tomczyk managed to beat out everyone else with a car that's three years old.

Tomczyk will presumably be driving the new A5 DTM next season, and it'll be worth watching to see him defend his title against the returning challengers from Mercedes and the new contenders from BMW, not to mention his own Audi-driving rivals. 


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