In the DTM finale weekend at the Norisring in Germany, Briton Ben Green clinched the 2021 DTM Trophy Championship, with a win in his FK Performance Motorsport BMW M4 GT4. It was his fifth win of the season in the series, as the only other contender for the championship, British Mercedes-AMG driver William Tregurtha, finished in second place.
Green qualified in fifth at the Norisring while Tregurtha started on the pole, but Green moved up to third at the start of the race, to fall in behind Michael Schrey, who races an M4 GT4 for Bonk Motorsport. After a long caution period, Schrey passed Tregurtha and moved into the lead in his BMW at the restart, while Tregurtha and Green had a great battle for second. After Schrey was called in for a drive-through penalty for jumping the restart, it came down to Green and Tregurtha fighting for the lead and the championship. With around ten laps to go in the race, Green passed Tregurtha for the lead and held him off as he tried to regain the position, maintaining the lead until the end to claim the championship.
In the top-level DTM series which features GT3-spec machinery, Mercedes-AMG driver Maximilian Götz took the championship after his two primary contenders took each other out in a wreck at the start of the race. BMW driver Marco Wittmann had a slim chance of taking the championship but could only manage a best finish of seventh in the second race at the Norisring. Wittmann had two wins during the season at Zolder and Assen.
The new M4 GT3 will replace the M6 GT3 in the DTM series next year.—David Haueter
[Photos courtesy DTM.]