Electrifying, enthralling, entertaining
Multifaceted, stunning, attractive. The first 10 of the 18 races of the 2017 DTM season made for impressive motor racing. With the first round of the fifth race weekend at Moscow, DTM reached its season half-time. And the races at Moscow perfectly reflected the course of entire season so far: enthralling battles, spectacular overtaking – just motor racing at its best. From 18th to 20th August, at Zandvoort’s dune circuit, the 2017 DTM season definitely enters its crucial phase. In the run-up, DTM.com draws an interim balance. An interim balance that proves to be truly positive.
What do you need for a fascinating, electrifying series? Outstanding entertainment, a thrilling script and convincing protagonists. Entry the 2017 DTM season. After 10 races, the gap between the championship leader and the third-placed driver amounts to just 14 points. Audi’s old hand Mattias Ekström has got 113 points on his tally, just one more than his up-and-coming fellow Audi driver René Rast. And third position is held by the by the young and gifted Austrian Lucas Auer. These three drivers currently are making a major impact on the script of the season but with 56 points to be scored per race meeting and another four race weekends to be contested, all the drivers holding top-10 positions theoretically still could win the title: Jamie Green (Audi / 87), Maxime Martin (BMW/78), Mike Rockenfeller (Audi/73), Marco Wittmann (BMW/72), Timo Glock (BMW / 70), Bruno Spengler (BMW / 61) und Gary Paffett (Mercedes-AMG / 61).
“We provide the possibly best motor sport in the world. We now are beyond the season half-time and there still are five or six drivers who have got a realistic chance of winning the title. And the advantage permanently changes from manufacturer to manufacturer. Actually, providing better sport is virtually impossible”rejoices DTM boss Gerhard Berger.
The sport is great, the races thrill the crowds and all the three manufacturers have secured a similar amount of successes.
To date, only three drivers have more than one race win on their tallies: Lucas Auer (Hockenheim and Lausitzring), Jamie Green (Hockenheim and Lausitzring) and René Rast (Budapest and Moscow). Meanwhile, Paul Di Resta (Budapest), Bruno Spengler (Norisring), Maxime Martin (Norisring) and Maro Engel (Moscow) won one race each. This means that the Mercedes-AMG camp is the only one that already has been represented by three different race winners and whose six drivers all secured at least one podium, this year. Audi and BMW both have got two winners, to date.
The current championship leader, Mattias Ekström, secured the biggest number of podiums – three second and two third places – but other than his toughest rivals, he failed to win a race in the season so far. In addition to his two race wins, Lucas Auer also secured a second place, while René Rast added a third place to his two race wins. The BMW aces Bruno Spengler (first, third, third) and Maxime Martin (first, second, third) have got three podiums on their tallies. Altogether, the differences regarding the podiums are marginal. Audi holds the lead with 11, followed by BMW (10) and Mercedes-AMG (9). The only drivers who didn’t make it to the podium, so far: Tom Blomqvist and Augusto Farfus (both BMW) as well as Loïc Duval, Nico Müller (both Audi). Meanwhile, BMW secured the biggest number of pole positions (five), thus having opened a slight gap on Mercedes-AMG (three) and Audi (two).
In the manufacturer standings, Audi extended their lead in the two rounds at Moscow. With 421 points following the two races in Russia, the brand with the four rings holds a relatively clear lead over Mercedes-AMG (341) and BMW (308). In the team ranking, two Audi squads – Audi Sport Team Rosberg (199 points / Green and Rast) as well as Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline (149 / Ekström and Müller) hold the lead, with 18 races contested. Third place is held by BWT Mercedes-AMG Motorsport-Team (140 / Auer und Mortara).