2012 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Season
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2012 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Season
Bruno Spengler (left) won his first Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Drivers' Championship while Gary Paffett (right) finished second in the championship.

The 2012 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters was the twenty-sixth season of premier German touring car championship and also thirteenth season under the moniker of Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters since the series' resumption in 2000. New regulations applied for the 2012 season (see below). BMW returned to the championship for the first time since 1994.[1] As of 2020, it was also the last time non-European driver to won the DTM title to date.

It was a triumphant return for BMW after returning from 18 years absence, and a dismal year for Mercedes-Benz AMG only rescued by early three official victories courtesy of Gary Paffett in Hockenheimring and Brands Hatch twice and Jamie Green in Norisring only (with an exception of Ralf Schumacher and Jamie Green in Showevent Olympiastadion München relay races respectively because of exhibition event).

Rule changes for 2012

Sporting

  • The points system for the 2012 season was changed to reflect the system used by the FIA for world championships. The top ten drivers in each race are awarded points on a scale of 25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and 1.[2]
  • Refuelling during the race was banned after 12 years due to safety concerns and also avoid cut costs.

Technical

  • For the first time since 2003 season the DTM reintroduced the two-door coupé-style cars respectively. The four-door sedan-style cars (introduced since 2004 but mandatory requirement since 2005) was permanently retired after the 2011 season. The engine configuration remained unchanged until 2018 despite the coupé-style cars' reintroduction.
  • After 12 years, the sequential manual gearbox shifters were replaced by newly-mandatory sequential semi-automatic paddle-shifters respectively for all DTM cars to make easier shifting rather than manual shifters.
  • The minimum weight of the cars has been increased from 1,050 kg (2,315 lb) to 1,100 kg (2,425 lb). From 2000-2003, the all DTM cars weight were 1,080 kg (2,381 lb). From 2004-2006, all DTM cars weight were 1,030 kg (2,271 lb). From 2007-2011, the all DTM cars weight were 1,050 kg (2,315 lb).
  • The rear wing of all DTM cars has been changed to the single-element plane wing instead of a dual-element plane wing to create downforce.
  • The fuel tank capacity of all DTM cars were increased to 120 litres (32 US gallons) instead of usual 65-70 litres (17-18 US gallons) due to refuelling ban rules.
  • The seat of all DTM cars was integrated into the carbon fibre monocoque that is connected to a roll cage of high-strength steel due to safety concerns.
  • The year-old aging DTM cars were banned due to previous year cars were 4-door saloon model types.
  • As a result of the transition from the outgoing four-door sedan-style cars to two-door coupé-style cars, the tyre sizes of Hankook Ventus DTM tyres were also altered from 260/660-R18 (10.2/25.9-R18) on fronts and 280/660-R18 (11.0/25.9-R18) on rears to 300/680-R18 (11.8/26.8-R18) on fronts and 320/700-R18 (12.6/27.9-R18) on rears in order to improve more mechanical grip and handling while cornering to suit the driving style.[3]

Teams and drivers

The following manufacturers, teams and drivers competed in the 2012 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. All teams competed with tyres supplied by Hankook.

Driver changes

Changed Teams
Entering DTM
Leaving DTM

Race calendar and results

An eleven-round calendar was announced on 11 November, including the non-championship event in Munich.[19]

Championship standings

Scoring system

Points are awarded to the top ten classified finishers as follows:

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th 
Points 25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1

Drivers' championship

Pos. Driver HOC
Germany
LAU
Germany
BRH
United Kingdom
RBR
Austria
NOR
Germany
OLY?
Germany
NÜR
Germany
ZAN
Netherlands
OSC
Germany
VAL
Spain
HOC
Germany
Points
1 Canada Bruno Spengler Ret 1 2 Ret 3 5 3 1 6 1 6 1 149
2 United Kingdom Gary Paffett 1 2 1 3 4 3 3 6 7 2 Ret 2 145
3 United Kingdom Jamie Green 2 4 8 5 1 1 2 4 4 3 10 4 121
4 Germany Mike Rockenfeller 5 13 3 7 6 DNQ 5 5 2 6 5 Ret 85
5 Italy Edoardo Mortara 11 8 9 1 Ret DNQ 9 2 1 Ret 16+ 6 82
6 Sweden Mattias Ekström 3 5 5 4 Ret 5 1 11 3 8 3 Ret 81
7 Brazil Augusto Farfus 15 3 11 10 Ret 5 5 10 9 5 1 3 69
8 Germany Martin Tomczyk Ret 7 4 2 2 DNQ 5 3 Ret Ret Ret 14 69
9 Germany Dirk Werner 17 19 16 Ret 10 4 17 12 8 4 9 5 29
10 France Adrien Tambay Ret 18 12 Ret 15 2 9 Ret 5 16 2 Ret 28
11 Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 10 9 10 8 11 DNQ 9 8 15+ 9 4 11 26
12 Germany Christian Vietoris 4 11 6 Ret 8 3 9 16 Ret 12 12 10 25
13 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx 6 17 Ret Ret 7 DNQ 17 19 13 Ret 8 7 24
14 Germany Timo Scheider Ret 6 Ret 6 16 2 17 9 Ret 10 Ret 12 19
15 United Kingdom David Coulthard 8 12 15 Ret 5 DNQ 5 20 Ret Ret 11 Ret 14
16 Canada Robert Wickens 14 22+ 14 13 9 DNQ 9 7 Ret 7 Ret Ret 14
17 Germany Ralf Schumacher 7 10 19 11 Ret 1 17 13 10 13 14 9 10
18 Spain Miguel Molina 9 15 7 Ret 12 5 9 15 Ret 15 Ret Ret 8
19 Switzerland Rahel Frey 16 20 18 15 17 DNQ 9 14 Ret Ret 7 16 6
20 United States Joey Hand 13 14 13 9 14 4 9 18 14 11 15+ 8 6
21 Spain Roberto Merhi 18 16 17 12 13 DNQ 17 Ret 11 14 Ret 15 0
22 United Kingdom Susie Wolff 12 21 20+ 14 Ret DNQ 17 17 12 Ret 13 13 0
Pos. Driver HOC
Germany
LAU
Germany
BRH
United Kingdom
RBR
Austria
NOR
Germany
OLY?
Germany
NÜR
Germany
ZAN
Netherlands
OSC
Germany
VAL
Spain
HOC
Germany
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Excluded (EX)

Bold - Pole
Italics - Fastest Lap

Notes:

  • + -- Driver retired, but was classified as they completed 90% of the winner's race distance.
  • ? -- No points are awarded for the non-championship Munich Olympiastadion event.

Teams' championship

Pos. Team No. HOC
Germany
LAU
Germany
BRH
United Kingdom
RBR
Austria
NOR
Germany
OLY?
Germany
NÜR
Germany
ZAN
Netherlands
OSC
Germany
VAL
Spain
HOC
Germany
Points
1 BMW Team Schnitzer 7 Ret 1 2 Ret 3 5 3 1 6 1 6 1 178
8 17 19 16 Ret 10 4 17 12 8 4 9 5
2 HWA Team 11 1 2 1 3 4 3 3 6 7 2 Ret 2 170
12 4 11 6 Ret 8 3 9 16 Ret 12 12 10
3 Mercedes AMG 5 2 4 8 5 1 1 2 4 4 3 10 4 131
6 7 10 19 11 Ret 1 17 13 10 13 14 9
4 Team Rosberg 21 11 8 9 1 Ret DNQ 9 2 1 Ret 16+ 6 108
22 10 9 10 8 11 DNQ 9 8 15+ 9 4 11
5 Abt Sportsline 3 3 5 5 4 Ret 5 1 11 3 8 3 Ret 100
4 Ret 6 Ret 6 16 2 17 9 Ret 10 Ret Ret
6 BMW Team RBM 15 6 17 Ret Ret 7 DNQ 17 19 13 Ret 8 7 93
16 15 3 11 10 Ret 5 5 10 9 5 1 3
7 Phoenix Racing 9 5 13 3 7 6 DNQ 5 5 2 6 5 Ret 93
10 9 15 7 Ret 12 5 9 15 Ret 15 Ret Ret
8 BMW Team RMG 1 Ret 7 4 2 2 DNQ 5 3 Ret Ret Ret 14 75
2 13 14 13 9 14 4 9 18 14 11 15+ 8
9 Audi Sport Team Abt 17 16 20 18 15 17 DNQ 9 14 Ret Ret 7 16 34
18 Ret 18 12 Ret 15 2 9 Ret 5 16 2 Ret
10 Mücke Motorsport 19 8 12 15 Ret 5 DNQ 5 20 Ret Ret 11 Ret 28
20 14 22+ 14 13 9 DNQ 9 7 Ret 7 Ret Ret
11 Persson Motorsport 23 18 16 17 12 13 DNQ 17 Ret 11 14 Ret 15 0
24 12 21 20+ 14 Ret DNQ 17 17 12 Ret 13 13
Pos. Team No. HOC
Germany
LAU
Germany
BRH
United Kingdom
RBR
Austria
NOR
Germany
OLY?
Germany
NÜR
Germany
ZAN
Netherlands
OSC
Germany
VAL
Spain
HOC
Germany
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Excluded (EX)

Bold - Pole
Italics - Fastest Lap

Notes:

  • + -- Driver retired, but was classified as they completed 90% of the winner's race distance.
  • ? -- No points are awarded for the non-championship Munich Olympiastadion event.

Manufacturers' championship

Pos. Manufacturer HOC
Germany
LAU
Germany
BRH
United Kingdom
RBR
Austria
NOR
Germany
OLY?
Germany
NÜR
Germany
ZAN
Netherlands
OSC
Germany
VAL
Spain
HOC
Germany
Points
1 BMW 8 46 30 21 40 0 0 41 14 47 39 60 346
2 Audi 28 24 34 55 8 0 0 34 68 15 61 8 335
3 Mercedes-Benz 65 31 37 25 53 0 0 26 19 39 1 33 329
Pos. Manufacturer HOC
Germany
LAU
Germany
BRH
United Kingdom
RBR
Austria
NOR
Germany
OLY?
Germany
NÜR
Germany
ZAN
Netherlands
OSC
Germany
VAL
Spain
HOC
Germany
Points

Notes:

  • ? -- No points are awarded for the non-championship Munich Olympiastadion event.

References

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  2. ^ "Sporting regulation 2012". Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. ITR e.V. Retrieved 2012.[permanent dead link]
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  17. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (9 March 2012). "Susie Wolff to remain with Persson Mercedes squad in DTM". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2012.
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  19. ^ "2012 DTM schedule - the start of a new era". Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. ITR e.V. 11 November 2011. Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 2011.

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