2009 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Season
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2009 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Season
Timo Scheider defend his second Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Drivers' Championship while Gary Paffett (right) finished second in the championship.

The 2009 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters was the twenty-third season of premier German touring car championship and also tenth season under the moniker of Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters since the series' resumption in 2000. The series began on 17 May at Hockenheim and finished on 25 October at the same venue.

Timo Scheider successfully defended his championship title, taking his Audi A4 to a five-point series win over Mercedes-Benz driver Gary Paffett.

Teams and drivers

Of the nineteen drivers that competed in the 2008 season, only Bernd Schneider and Christijan Albers did not return. Rookies in 2009 are the Kolles Futurecom trio of Christian Bakkerud, Johannes Seidlitz and Tomá? Kostka. The following manufacturers, teams and drivers competed in the 2009 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. All teams competed with tyres supplied by Dunlop.

Driver changes

Katherine Legge moved from the Futurecom-TME team to a team created for her at Audi Sport Team Abt Lady Power, gaining a later model Audi with the change.

Christian Bakkerud joined the series coming from GP2 Series along with Formula Renault BARC driver Johannes Seidlitz both joining the Colin Kolles owned Futurecom-TME team with Czech Touring Car Championship racer Tomá? Kostka joining sister-team Futurecom-BRT.

Christijan Albers left DTM to pursue sports car racing with Kolles' Le Mans Series team and the most successful driver in the history of DTM, four-time champion Bernd Schneider retired from the sport.

Technical changes

The series adopted new rule changes, as announced on 21 April 2009. Qualifying consisted of four sessions, rather than two in 2008. The minimum weights of the cars were also altered, with 2009 cars topping the scales at 1050 kg, 2008 cars at 1030 kg and 2007 machinery at 1010 kg.[8]

Race calendar and results

To avoid a clash of coverage times with the 2009 Bahrain Grand Prix, the season opener traditionally held at Hockenheim took place on 17 May, three weeks later than originally planned. Consequently, the EuroSpeedway round that had been scheduled for this date was moved to 31 May. The Brands Hatch round was also moved back a week due to the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix, from 30 August to 6 September.

French circuit Dijon-Prenois made its maiden appearance on the DTM calendar holding the penultimate round of the season on 11 October. Italian circuit Mugello was dropped from the calendar.

Season results

Timo Scheider won his second DTM series crown for Audi team Abt Sportsline. With season long rival, Mercedes-Benz driver Gary Paffett taking four wins through the season, and with Scheider disqualified from the results at Zandvoort mid-season, left Scheider behind Paffett for much of the season. Schieder finished first or second in all bar one event for the remainder of the season after Zandvoort including victories at Oschersleben and Catalunya in an irresistible charge to the title. By the time Paffett returned to the podium with wins in the last two races of the year Scheider had built a points buffer large enough to secure the title.

Paul di Resta stood on the podium three times in the final four races, including a win at Brands Hatch to emerge from the pack in third place in the series pointscore, four points ahead of Bruno Spengler and Mattias Ekström. Apart from Scheider, Paffett and di Resta, race wins were taken by Tom Kristensen at the Hockenheim season opener, his last ever touring car victory before semi-retirement; Jamie Green at the Norisring street circuit and by Martin Tomczyk at the Nürburgring.

The combined efforts of Paffett and Spengler saw the HWA run Salzgitter / Mercedes-Benz Bank team claim the teams prize at season's end, 100 points to 85 points of the Abt Sportsline team of Scheider and Kristensen.[9]

Championship standings

Drivers' championship

Pos Driver HOC
Germany
LAU
Germany
NOR
Germany
ZAN
Netherlands
OSC
Germany
NÜR
Germany
BRH
United Kingdom
CAT
Spain
DIJ
France
HOC
Germany
Points
1 Germany Timo Scheider 2 5 4 DSQ 1 2 2 1 6 2 64
2 United Kingdom Gary Paffett Ret 1 5 1 5 8 4 4 1 1 59
3 United Kingdom Paul di Resta 5 4 7 6 4 Ret 1 7 2 3 45
4 Canada Bruno Spengler Ret 2 2 5 6 6 6 5 3 7 41
5 Sweden Mattias Ekström 7 3 3 3 2 3 5 6 9 Ret 41
6 Germany Martin Tomczyk Ret Ret 11 4 3 1 3 3 7 Ret 35
7 United Kingdom Jamie Green 8 6 1 9 9 5 12 14 4 5 27
8 Denmark Tom Kristensen 1 12 8 8 8 Ret 19+ 2 DSQ 15 21
9 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis 3 Ret Ret 2 15+ Ret 8 9 15 6 18
10 Germany Markus Winkelhock 4 Ret 13 DSQ Ret 4 18+ Ret 10 8 11
11 Germany Ralf Schumacher 9 10 6 10 11 7 9 13 5 Ret 9
12 Germany Maro Engel 6 8 Ret 7 7 12 10 10 12 10 8
13 France Alexandre Prémat Ret Ret Ret DSQ 16+ Ret 11 8 11 4 6
14 Germany Mike Rockenfeller Ret 7 9 12+ 13 10 7 12 13 9 4
15 Austria Mathias Lauda 10 9 14 Ret 12 9 20+ 11 8 14 1
16 United Kingdom Susie Stoddart Ret 11 10 11 10 11 13 15 14 16+ 0
17 Czech Republic Tomá? Kostka 11 13 Ret Ret 14 15 14 16 17 11 0
18 United Kingdom Katherine Legge 12 Ret 12 Ret 17+ Ret 15 Ret 16 17+ 0
19 Denmark Christian Bakkerud 14 14 15 DSQ 13 16 17 Ret 12 0
20 Germany Johannes Seidlitz 13 DNS Ret 14 17 18 Ret 13 0
Pos Driver HOC
Germany
LAU
Germany
NOR
Germany
ZAN
Netherlands
OSC
Germany
NÜR
Germany
BRH
United Kingdom
CAT
Spain
DIJ
France
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 practice (DNP)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Excluded (EX)

Bold - Pole
Italics - Fastest Lap

  • + -- Driver retired, but was classified as they completed 90% of the winner's race distance.

Teams' championship

Pos. Team No. HOC
Germany
LAU
Germany
NOR
Germany
ZAN
Netherlands
OSC
Germany
NÜR
Germany
BRH
United Kingdom
CAT
Spain
DIJ
France
HOC
Germany
Points
1 Salzgitter / Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG 9 Ret 2 2 5 6 6 6 5 3 7 100
10 Ret 1 5 1 5 8 4 4 1 1
2 Audi Sport Team Abt 1 2 5 4 DSQ 1 2 2 1 6 2 85
2 1 12 8 8 8 Ret 19+ 2 18+ 15
3 Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline 5 7 3 3 3 2 3 5 6 9 Ret 76
6 Ret Ret 11 4 3 1 3 3 7 Ret
4 Trilux AMG Mercedes 3 5 4 7 6 4 Ret 1 7 2 3 54
4 9 10 6 10 11 7 9 13 5 Ret
5 TV Spielfilm / Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes 7 8 6 1 9 9 5 12 14 4 5 27
8 Ret 11 10 11 10 11 13 15 14 16+
6 Audi Sport Team Phoenix 14 Ret Ret Ret DSQ 16+ Ret 11 8 11 4 24
15 3 Ret Ret 2 15+ Ret 8 9 15 6
7 Audi Sport Team Rosberg 11 Ret 7 9 12+ 13 10 7 12 13 9 15
12 4 Ret 13 DSQ Ret 4 18+ Ret 10 8
8 GQ / stern AMG Mercedes 16 6 8 Ret 7 7 12 10 10 12 10 9
17 10 9 14 Ret 12 9 20+ 11 8 14
9 KOLLES Futurecom 18 14 14 15 DSQ 13 16 17 Ret 12 0
19 13 DNS Ret 14 17 18 Ret 13
20 11 13 Ret Ret 14 15 14 16 17 11
10 Audi Sport Team Abt Lady Power 21 12 Ret 12 Ret 17+ Ret 15 Ret 16 17+ 0
Pos. Team No. HOC
Germany
LAU
Germany
NOR
Germany
ZAN
Netherlands
OSC
Germany
NÜR
Germany
BRH
United Kingdom
CAT
Spain
DIJ
France
HOC
Germany
Points

References

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  2. ^ "Team Kolles plans another season in DTM". Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. 2009-02-24. Archived from the original on 2009-03-05. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Jarvis tops opening day of '09 testing". crash.net. 2009-04-15. Archived from the original on 2009-06-21. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Tomas Kostka joins Futurecom-TME". TouringCarTimes. 2009-05-01. Archived from the original on 2009-06-21. Retrieved .
  5. ^ a b c d "Green loses top Mercedes drive". Autosport. 195 (10): 26. 12 March 2009.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Beer, Matt (2009-04-17). "Senna not part of Mercedes DTM team". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Archived from the original on 2009-06-21. Retrieved .
  7. ^ English, Steven (2009-02-11). "Schumacher steps up to new Mercedes". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Qualifying, weights among rule changes for '09". crash.net. 2009-04-21. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-18. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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