2009 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters season
|2009 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters season|
Formula 3 Euro Series
The 2009 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters season was the tenth Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters season since the series' resumption in 2000. The series began on 17 May at Hockenheim and finished on 25 October at the same venue.
Teams and drivers
- Of the nineteen drivers that competed in the 2008 season, only Bernd Schneider and Christijan Albers do not return. Rookies in 2009 are the Kolles Futurecom trio of Christian Bakkerud, Johannes Seidlitz and Tomáš Kostka.
|Audi||Audi A4 DTM 2009||Abt Sportsline||1||Timo Scheider||All|
|Audi A4 DTM 2008||21||Katherine Legge||All|
|Team Rosberg||11||Mike Rockenfeller||All|
|Team Phoenix||14||Alexandre Prémat||All|
|Audi A4 DTM 2007||Kolles Futurecom||18||Christian Bakkerud||1–4, 6–10|
|19||Johannes Seidlitz||1–2, 5–10|
|Mercedes-Benz||AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2009||HWA Team||3||Paul di Resta||All|
|AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2008||Persson Motorsport||7||Jamie Green||All|
|Mücke Motorsport||16||Maro Engel||All|
The series adopts new rule changes, as announced on 21 April 2009. Qualifying consists of four sessions, rather than two in 2008. The minimum weights of the cars have also been altered, with 2009 cars topping the scales at 1050 kg, 2008 cars at 1030 kg and 2007 machinery at 1010 kg.
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 Tomáš 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.
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.
|Round||Circuit||Date||Pole position||Fastest lap||Winning driver||Winning team|
|1||Hockenheimring||17 May||Mattias Ekström||Mattias Ekström||Tom Kristensen||Abt Sportsline|
|2||EuroSpeedway Lausitz||31 May||Mattias Ekström||Jamie Green||Gary Paffett||HWA Team|
|3||Norisring, Nuremberg||28 June||Timo Scheider||Katherine Legge||Jamie Green||Persson Motorsport|
|4||Circuit Park Zandvoort||19 July||Oliver Jarvis||Mattias Ekström||Gary Paffett||HWA Team|
|5||Motorsport Arena Oschersleben||2 August||Tom Kristensen||Timo Scheider||Timo Scheider||Abt Sportsline|
|6||Nürburgring||16 August||Martin Tomczyk||Mattias Ekström||Martin Tomczyk||Abt Sportsline|
|7||Brands Hatch, Kent||6 September||Paul di Resta||Paul di Resta||Paul di Resta||HWA Team|
|8||Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona||20 September||Tom Kristensen||Timo Scheider||Timo Scheider||Abt Sportsline|
|9||Dijon-Prenois||11 October||Bruno Spengler||Paul di Resta||Gary Paffett||HWA Team|
|10||Hockenheimring||25 October||Mattias Ekström||Gary Paffett||Gary Paffett||HWA Team|
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.
Bold – Pole
- † — Driver retired, but was classified as they completed 90% of the winner's race distance.