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The Most Thrilling Final in DTM History Bernd Schneider and Christijan Albers Separated by one Point Prior to the tenth and final round of the 2003 DTM at Hockenheim this weekend, the championship leaders are separated by only one point: ...

The Most Thrilling Final in DTM History
Bernd Schneider and Christijan Albers Separated by one Point

Prior to the tenth and final round of the 2003 DTM at Hockenheim this weekend, the championship leaders are separated by only one point: Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes) leads the drivers’ ranking with 65 points, followed by team mate Christijan Albers (ExpressService AMG-Mercedes) who has 64 points after his fourth win of the season at Zandvoort ten days ago. This is the most exciting basis before the final event in 16 years of DTM history (from 1984 until 1995 and 2000 until 2003).

History: The smallest points difference between the two leading drivers so far occurred in 1990 when Audi driver Hans-Joachim Stuck headed for the final with two points more than Johnny Cecotto (BMW). Stuck won the final race and claimed the championship. In 2003 it is the seventh time in 16 years, that the championship will be decided in the final event. Only once so far the points leader prior to the race did not win the title. In 1991, Mercedes driver Klaus Ludwig had an eight-points advantage before Hockenheim, but in the wet race, the four-wheel-drive Audis were stronger and Frank Biela won the championship.

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:

"With a one-point gap between Bernd Schneider and Christijan Albers, the championship battle at Hockenheim is wide open and we all look forward to a great race. We expect packed grandstands and among the crowd there will be 13,000 Mercedes-Benz employees who will keep their fingers crossed for Bernd and Christijan. Audi and Opel will be strong at Hockenheim and it would be great to finish this successful Mercedes-Benz season with a victory."

-mercedes-

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