Martin Bauer powered to victory in the German IDM Championship, with a comfortable second place in the final race of the season at Hockenheimring (don’t try and say that one after a few too many pints of your favourite German lager!). Despite a spirited race win for Bauer’s fellow Austrian, BMW rider Michael Ranseder – which proved to be vital as he leapt from overall fourth to finish second in the Championship, he was powerless to stop Bauer from claiming the title.
Going into the final round, the only man in with a realistic shout of beating Bauer to the trophy was Karl Muggeridge – but it wasn’t to be. It was a bad day for the Aussie; he finished the race in fourth but slipped down to overall third in the Championship, behind race winner, Ranseder.
Bauer’s dominance will have undoubtedly pleased his team at KTM, but it wasn’t a complete victory for the Austrians.
Ranseder’s race win, coupled with a creditable seventh for Gareth Jones, handed a typically efficient victory in the Manufacturers’ Championship to BMW – those Germans weren’t going to get beaten in their own back yard after all!