The grand finale of the inaugural DTM season with GT3 cars ended in explosive fashion with Liam robbed of a certain championship title.
Liam mastered the short, bumpy street circuit to win two exhilarating pole sessions with his newly drafted teammate, and fellow Kiwi driver, Nick Cassidy not far behind. Due to Alex Albon being on F1 duties in Turkey, Nick drove the #23 car for the final two races at Norisring.
In the first race on Saturday, Liam took the lead at the start but as he headed into the turn 2 hairpin, his Ferrari was dive bombed by Kelvin van der Linde (Audi).
Liam managed to recover and continue to finish the race in 3rd.
Liam bolted from pole in the final race of the season on Sunday and in a repeat of the Race 1 incident at the hairpin, Van der Linde dive bombed him again, this time by running off the track and smashed the front left suspension on Liam’s #30 Ferrari 488 GT3.
After two visits to the pits, Liam circulated slowly for the remainder of the race and finished down in 18th place.
Two laps from the end of the race Liam was still the champion elect but then the trio of Mercedes cars at the front of the race allowed third-placed Maximilian Gotz to go into the lead. He, therefore, won the race and the drivers’ title by 3 points.
Liam finished runner-up with 227 points to Gotz’s 230.