Motorsports: Audi’s Mike Rockenfeller takes DTM title

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Since its return in 2010 as the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, German touring car racing has been largely a game of cat and mouse – the cat being Audi and the mouse being Mercedes-Benz. Or vice versa, take your pick. Because through 2011, each had won the drivers’ championship six times (Mercedes still dominating the constructors’ championship standings). But then BMW jumped back in last season and won the title in its first year back on the grid.

The big question for this season among race fans in Germany and really across Europe (this year’s calendar having included races in England, Russia and Holland) was whether BMW would pull it off again, if Audi would pick up where it left off or if Mercedes would split the difference. And now we have our answer.

With one race still left to go at Hockenheim, Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller has already taken the 2013 DTM title. The German native has been dominating the standings this season, winning the races at Brands Hatch and Moscow and coming in second at the EuroSpeedway in Brandenburg and at Zandvoort this weekend. An accomplished driver, Rockenfeller previously won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2010 as well as the (European) Le Mans Series title in 2008, both also for Audi.

The constructors’ championship is still undecided, with Audi currently in the lead at 325 points to BMW’s 317 and Mercedes’ 239. The final race takes place on October 20 at the Hockenheimring.

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