1988: Ford finishes first
Champion: Klaus Ludwig
In 1988 as many as four manufacturers, BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Opel, started from the DTM grid. Ford was the only brand to continue banking on turbos and brought the title home to Cologne in 1988. However, the championship remained ultra-competitive up to the very end. Before the last race four drivers still had chances of clinching the title. In the end, veteran Klaus Ludwig prevailed.