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02.10.2011

Tomczyk is the 2011 DTM champion – victory for Ekström at Valencia

Martin Tomczyk (Audi) is the new DTM champion. In the ninth DTM season round at the ‘Circuit Ricardo Tormo’ in Spain, the German wrapped up an early title in the most popular international touring car series. For the 29-year old, finishing third was enough. Victory in the penultimate round of the 2011 season went to his fellow Audi driver Mattias Ekström (Audi). Having started from pole position, the Swede crossed the finish line as the winner after 45 laps. In second place, Portuguese Filipe Albuquerque (Audi) secured his best DTM result to date. In fourth place, Timo Scheider (Audi) completed the success for the brand from Ingolstadt. Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz) was classified seventh.

The race at a glance

Air temperature: 27.7 °C
Asphalt temperature: 53.0 °C

Start   Ekström takes the lead from Albuquerque, Coulthard, Van der Zande. Tomczyk has overtaken Paffett.
Lap 1   Tomczyk has already overtaken Molina and Jarvis and is now sixth. Spengler is tenth behind Jarvis. Rockenfeller has dropped back to 15th.
Lap 2   Schumacher runs wide, Rockenfeller gets past. Ekström is leading from Albuqeurque, Coulthard, Van der Zande, Scheider, Tomczyk, Molina, Green, Jarvis, Spengler.
Lap 3   Schumacher runs wide, continues.
Lap 4   Ekström's margin on Albuquerque is 2.7 seconds at the end of the lap.
Lap 9   Green closes up to seventh-placed Molina as the Spaniard runs wide.
Lap 11  Coulthard is the first driver to come into the pits, followed by Jarvis. Mortara, Stoddart also in.
Lap 12  Van der Zande, Molina, Green, Rockenfeller, Vietoris into the pits.
Lap 13  Tomczyk into the pits.
Lap 14  Frey into the pits.
Lap 16  Molina has overtaken Jarvis on the main straight and is now eleventh.
Lap 16  Albuquerque, Spengler into the pits.
Lap 17  Paffett into the pits.
Lap 18  Ekström, Schumacher into the pits.
Lap 19  Engel into the pits.
Lap 20  Timo Scheider is the only driver yet to make his first pit stop.
Lap 23  Rockenfeller is the first driver to come in for his second stop.
Lap 24  Mortara and Spengler into the pits.
Lap 25  Spengler has come out ahead of Mortara. Scheider, Tomczyk, Paffett, Vietoris into the pits.
Lap 26  Coulthard, Molina, Green, Stoddart, Frey into the pits.
Lap 27  Green, Mortara, Paffett past Engel. Van der Zande, Jarvis into the pits.
Lap 29  Scheider into the pits.
Lap 30  Albuquerque, Engel into the pits.
Lap 31  Paffett overtakes Mortara for eleventh.
Lap 32  Ekström into the pits, he is the last driver to come in for his second stop.
Lap 33  Order after the pit stops: Ekström is leading from Albuquerque, Tomczyk, Scheider, Van der Zande, Coulthard, Molina, Jarvis, Green and Spengler.
Lap 42  Mortara into the pits, retires.
Lap 43  No changes in the race order: Ekström is leading from Albuquerque, Tomczyk, Scheider, Van der Zande, Coulthard, Molina, Jarvis, Green and Spengler.
Lap 45  Final lap. Green drops back.
Finish  Mattias Ekström scores his third victory of the season. Albuquerque comes second, scoring his maiden DTM podium finish. Third place is enough for Martin Tomczyk to wrap up the 2011 DTM drivers' title. Spengler is still the best-placed Mercedes-Benz driver in seventh.

Photo gallery: Warm up and race