2012 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters season

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2012 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters season
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The 2012 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters season was the thirteenth season of Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters since the series' resumption in 2000. New regulations applied from the 2012 season (see below). BMW returned to the championship for the first time since 1993.[1]

Rule changes for 2012[edit]

Sporting[edit]

  • 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]

Technical[edit]

  • For the first time since 2003 season that DTM reintroduced the 2-door cars respectively. The four door cars (required since 2004) were permanently retired after 2011 season.
  • After 11 years, the manual gearbox shifters will be replaced by newly-mandatory semi-automatic gearbox paddle shifters 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 was 1,080 kg (2,381 lb). From 2004-2006, all DTM cars weight was 1,030 kg (2,271 lb). From 2007-2011, the all DTM cars weight was 1,050 kg (2,315 lb).
  • Refuelling during the race was banned after 11 years due to safety concerns to avoid cut costs.
  • The rear wing of all DTM cars has been changed to single-element plane wing instead of dual-element plane wing.
  • The fuel tank capacity of all DTM cars was increased to 120 L (32 US gal) instead of 70 L (18 US gal) 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.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Manufacturer Car Team No. Drivers Rounds
BMW BMW M3 DTM BMW Team RMG[3] 1 Germany Martin Tomczyk[4] All
2 United States Joey Hand[5] All
BMW Team Schnitzer[3] 7 Canada Bruno Spengler[6] All
8 Germany Dirk Werner[7] All
BMW Team RBM[3] 15 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx[8] All
16 Brazil Augusto Farfus[8] All
Audi Audi A5 DTM Abt Sportsline[9] 3 Sweden Mattias Ekström[9] All
4 Germany Timo Scheider[9] All
Phoenix Racing[9] 9 Germany Mike Rockenfeller[9] All
10 Spain Miguel Molina[9] All
Audi Sport Team Abt[9] 17 Switzerland Rahel Frey[9] All
18 France Adrien Tambay[10] All
Team Rosberg[9] 21 Italy Edoardo Mortara[9] All
22 Portugal Filipe Albuquerque[9] All
Mercedes-Benz DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé Mercedes AMG 5 United Kingdom Jamie Green[11] All
6 Germany Ralf Schumacher[12] All
HWA Team 11 United Kingdom Gary Paffett[13] All
12 Germany Christian Vietoris[14] All
Mücke Motorsport[15] 19 United Kingdom David Coulthard[15] All
20 Canada Robert Wickens[14] All
Persson Motorsport 23 Spain Roberto Merhi[14] All
24 United Kingdom Susie Wolff[16] All

Driver changes[edit]

Changed Teams
Entering DTM
Leaving DTM

Race calendar and results[edit]

An eleven-round calendar was announced on 11 November, including the non-championship event in Munich.[18]

Round Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Winning manufacturer
1 Germany Hockenheimring 29 April Sweden Mattias Ekström United Kingdom Jamie Green United Kingdom Gary Paffett HWA Team Mercedes-Benz
2 Germany EuroSpeedway Lausitz 6 May Canada Bruno Spengler United Kingdom Jamie Green Canada Bruno Spengler BMW Team Schnitzer BMW
3 United Kingdom Brands Hatch, Kent 20 May United Kingdom Gary Paffett Germany Martin Tomczyk United Kingdom Gary Paffett HWA Team Mercedes-Benz
4 Austria Red Bull Ring, Spielberg 3 June Italy Edoardo Mortara Germany Timo Scheider Italy Edoardo Mortara Team Rosberg Audi
5 Germany Norisring, Nuremberg 1 July United Kingdom Gary Paffett United Kingdom Jamie Green United Kingdom Jamie Green Mercedes AMG Mercedes-Benz
NC Germany Showevent Olympiastadion München 14 July Relay races United Kingdom Jamie Green
Germany Ralf Schumacher
Mercedes AMG Mercedes-Benz
15 July Knockout races Sweden Mattias Ekström Abt Sportsline Audi
6 Germany Nürburgring 19 August Canada Bruno Spengler Canada Bruno Spengler Canada Bruno Spengler BMW Team Schnitzer BMW
7 Netherlands Circuit Park Zandvoort 26 August Germany Timo Scheider United Kingdom Gary Paffett Italy Edoardo Mortara Team Rosberg Audi
8 Germany Motorsport Arena Oschersleben 16 September Canada Bruno Spengler Spain Roberto Merhi Canada Bruno Spengler BMW Team Schnitzer BMW
9 Spain Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia 30 September Brazil Augusto Farfus Canada Bruno Spengler Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM BMW
10 Germany Hockenheimring 21 October Brazil Augusto Farfus United Kingdom Gary Paffett Canada Bruno Spengler BMW Team Schnitzer BMW

Championship standings[edit]

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[edit]

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
Spain Roberto Merhi 18 16 17 12 13 DNQ 17 Ret 11 14 Ret 15
United Kingdom Susie Wolff 12 21 20† 14 Ret DNQ 17 17 12 Ret 13 13
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 Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
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[edit]

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
Persson Motorsport 23 18 16 17 12 13 DNQ 17 Ret 11 14 Ret 15
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 Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
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[edit]

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[edit]

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  2. ^ "Sporting regulation 2012". Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. ITR e.V. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
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  4. ^ "BMW signs Martin Tomczyk as works driver". Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (ITR e.V.). 23 November 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
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  10. ^ "Audi gives young talent opportunity in DTM". Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (ITR e.V.). 14 March 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  11. ^ Freeman, Glenn (16 March 2012). "Jamie Green retains Mercedes DTM seat for 2012". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Fifth DTM season for Ralf Schumacher in 2012". Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (ITR e.V.). 20 October 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "Paffett extends Mercedes DTM contract". GPUpdate.net (GPUpdate). 15 June 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
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  15. ^ a b O'Leary, Jamie (29 February 2012). "David Coulthard will race in the DTM for a third straight year with Mercedes". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  16. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (9 March 2012). "Susie Wolff to remain with Persson Mercedes squad in DTM". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
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