1978 Runstreckenpokal again had a close finish; three drivers had
actually won all the races, and the "bonus points", derived from the
distance to the seond-place finisher as far as I know, decided that a
young man called Klaus Niedzwiedz was the champion.
Of course, one car argue if a driver whose main opposition came from a single BMW driver and his teammates in Group 1 Capris is a whorty champion. Köster and Hirt may have had tougher opposition; and good old Manfred Mohr had to fight hard against all sorts of cars. Or how big was the chance of a championship if you drove a Group 1 Escort RS - like at least ten others?
Anyway, Niedwiedz would have a great future in touring cars - so he was a worthy champion. Period.