If the weather is anything like it is here where you are, you may well be contemplating your first weekend indoors in while. Sadly, and as we know, there is no F1 right now. It’s on its summer holidays until next weekend when the show returns in Belgium, as does the World Rally Championship in Germany. But that doesn’t help with this weekend, so can we suggest you flip open your laptop and make your way over to the DTM’s YouTube page.
There you’ll find coverage all weekend long of the seventh round of this year’s championship direct from the Nürburgring. Not that Nürburgring no, but after a little trip east to Moscow and a bit of a hoo-ha with President Putin, some classic DTM action is promised.
Especially we imagine from BMW and Mercedes, who are slowly losing touch with Audi and German Mike Rockenfeller, who became the season’s first double winner in Moscow and now leads defending champion Canadian Bruno Spengler and his M3 by 27 points. Like F1, it’s 25 points for a win in DTM and there are just four races left, including this weekend.
BMW had the early-season momentum, Brazilian Augusto Farfus (Team RBM) and Spengler (Schnitzer) taking two of the first three rounds in the M3DTM, but Rockenfeller (Phoenix Racing) won round two in the latest RS5 and has proven himself to be Herr Consistency with an eighth, that win, a fourth, a second, a fifth and the second win in Moscow.
The force is with the RS5 right now. Audi driver, double DT-Meister and Race of Champions hero Mattias Ekström took the flag at the bonkers urban speed bowl that is the Norisring in round five, only to be disqualified for apparently having one of those little bottles of water, like the ones you pick up with your sandwich at the Wild Bean Café, thrust upon him in parc fermé
The Mercedes AMG C-Coupe has won just the once this year, in the hands of Brit Gary Paffett, but was on pole at the Norisring thanks to the efforts of Paffett’s Canadian HWA Team–mate Robert Wickens. Consequently Paffett, third behind Rockenfeller and Spengler but just ten points adrift, is saying it is still far from over and talking up his chances of getting back on track his second title bid (his first was in 2005) and Mercedes’ first since Paul di Resta in 2010
The DTM has yet to publish the broadcast schedule, but head here and the navigation box on your right will have the YouTube times soon enough.