Jamie Green secured the runner-up position in the 2015 DTM standings with a fourth victory of the season, leading an all-Audi podium in the final race of the year.
From second on the grid, Green made a sluggish getaway in comparison to poleman Gary Paffett, but the Mercedes driver didn’t have the pace to press home his advantage.
Green made his move on the fourth lap with a textbook dummy pass at the Spitzkehre hairpin, and barring a brief period after his pitstop, held the lead throughout thereafter.
His nearest challenger was Audi teammate Mattias Ekstrom, who dropped behind Maxime Martin’s BMW at the start before passing the Belgian exiting the hairpin on the fifth lap, and then dispatching Paffett at Mercedes-Arena two laps later.
The Swede closed to within two seconds of Green in the closing stages, but was unable to get close enough to attempt a pass, settling for second at the chequered flag, 1.3s behind.
Behind, a late stop enabled Edoardo Mortara to move up to third to complete an all-Audi podium, the Italian resuming in fifth after pitting and making short work of Timo Scheider and Paul Di Resta.
Di Resta hung on for fourth, best of the Mercedes drivers, ahead of Scheider – who remains under investigation for pit light infringement – and Martin, who came out top in a battle against BMW stablemate Antonio Felix da Costa for sixth.
Bruno Spengler was eighth, helped by Paffett – who already been delayed by a slow stop – being shoved wide by Martin at Mercedes-Arena in a move that also allowed Da Costa through.
Paffett finished ninth, with Martin Tomczyk clinching the final point in 10th, BMW clinching the manufacturers' crown from Audi by seven points.
Newly crowned champion Pascal Wehrlein had a disastrous final race of the campaign from his P17 grid slot, making contact with Nico Muller at the hairpin and finishing 20th.
Another driver to hit trouble was Adrien Tambay, who was forced to retire after being hit by an out-of-control Christian Vietoris at the hairpin after the stops.
The German was a victim of contact in the braking zone with Miguel Molina, who was able to continue but earned a drive-through penalty for causing the incident.
Outgoing champion Marco Wittmann was an early casualty when his entire front bodywork suddenly flew off his BMW in the early laps.
|4||Paul Di Resta||Mercedes||28.694|
|7||Antonio Felix da Costa||BMW||39.190|