2006: Schneider’s high five
Champion: Bernd Schneider
Many great duels – one great champion. 2006 was the year in which experience defeated the forward drive of the young guns. The title fight was dominated by record champion Bernd Schneider in the Mercedes-Benz, who became the DTM Champion for the fifth time, ahead of Tom Kristensen (Audi) and Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz). For the first time, the DTM was reduced to the duel between the premium brands Audi and Mercedes-Benz.