The season-closing DTM race will take place at Hockenheim this weekend. Renger van der Zande can already look back on a highly enlightening season during which he has been able to develop on a race-by-race basis. The Dutchman now looks forward to 2012 and is hoping for another full campaign in the series.

#20 Renger van der Zande (stern AMG Mercedes / stern AMG Mercedes C-Klasse (2008))
#20 Renger van der Zande (stern AMG Mercedes / stern AMG Mercedes C-Klasse (2008))

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"This season has really flown by," says van der Zande. "My first DTM year has been entirely devoted to learning as a rookie and over the course of the season it's been an upward curve culminating at the most recent race in Valencia, where I finished as the highest-placed Mercedes driver.

"From now on it's called 'the silly season'; there are fewer seats available with Mercedes for next year, but I am determined to get one. For this weekend I hope the positive form from Valencia will continue and that we achieve another good result."