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Adria: Gary Paffett race report

PAFFETT KEEPS HIMSELF IN THE TITLE RACE AFTER SCORING SECOND PLACE AT ADRIA British DTM driver Gary Paffett took a solid second place at today's DTM race at Adria which ensures that it is a three way battle for the title going into the final...

PAFFETT KEEPS HIMSELF IN THE TITLE RACE AFTER SCORING SECOND PLACE AT ADRIA

British DTM driver Gary Paffett took a solid second place at today's DTM race at Adria which ensures that it is a three way battle for the title going into the final race in Shanghai.

Lying third in the Championship, Paffett knew that a strong result in Saturday's qualifying session would be vital to keep his Championship hopes alive.

The qualifying session was one of the tightest of the season but no one had an answer for Paffett's lap time and he was able to snatch pole position from his title rival Spengler by just 0.010 of a second.

On Sunday afternoon, the 2005 DTM Champion lined his car up in pole position on a damp track. The rest of the race weekend had been dry up to this point so there was an element of the unknown as to how the cars would handle.

When the lights went out, second placed Spengler was able to get a better start than Paffett and took the lead into the first corner. Paffett remained on the tail of the Canadian's car as he sized up an opportunity to pass.

However, the race was brought to an abrupt end on lap two when Alexandre Premat suffered a huge crash causing the race to be red flagged.

Once Premat and his car had been safely extracted from the track, the race was re-started behind the safety car.

With the rain beginning to come down, Paffett remained right on the back of Bruno's car and although he was posting quicker lap times than the Canadian, Paffett couldn't find a way past.

At the beginning of lap 20, Paffett locked his brakes which caused him to spin and lose some time. He rejoined the track but had lost a place to Scheider.

Two laps later, Paffett pitted and rejoined in third position. After the stop, the car felt good and Paffett was able to catch up onto the back of second placed Spengler again. Although Paffett was faster than Spengler, the low grip levels were causing the car to slide about which made it difficult to get past.

On lap 32 Paffett pitted for the second time. He had stayed out one lap later than Spengler so was able to leapfrog him during the pitstops and rejoin the field in second position.

Paffett spent the next six laps chasing down Scheider but with the tricky track conditions he wasn't able to make up enough time and crossed the line in second position.

"I came into this race with the goal of getting as many Championship points as I could in order to keep my title hopes alive. While a win would of course have been better, I'm still pleased with second place as it means that mathematically I can still win the 2010 Championship -- although it does now totally depend on where both Bruno and Paul finish the final race;" commented Paffett.

"The team gave me a fantastic car this weekend so I want to say a big thank you to them for all their hard work over the weekend as well all the work they've put in throughout the season;" continued Paffett.

"With 57 points compared to Paul's 63 and Bruno's 66, I'm certainly the title outsider going into the final race of the season, but I will be giving it all I can to win both the race and the title;" commented Paffett.

Today's result sees Paffett maintain his third place in the Championship with 57 points, 6 points behind second-placed Di Resta and 9 points behind Spengler who is now leading the Championship. With two races to go in the 2010 season Paffett's team - Salzgitter Mercedes-Benz AMG - currently lead the team ranking with (123) points.

Gary Paffett will head to Shanghai for the final round of the Championship on the 28th November.

-source: garypaffett.com

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