Podium finish for Paffett at the Nurburgring British driver Gary Paffett today scored a podium finish at Round Five of the DTM series at the historic Nurburgring circuit in Germany. Saturday's qualifying session had taken place in the dry and...
Podium finish for Paffett at the Nurburgring
British driver Gary Paffett today scored a podium finish at Round Five of the DTM series at the historic Nurburgring circuit in Germany.
Saturday's qualifying session had taken place in the dry and saw a close battle between Mercedes drivers Paffett, Spengler, Green, Di Resta and Schumacher and Audi driver Ekstrom. Paffett missed out on getting into the final part of qualifying by just two hundredths of a second and lined up his Salzgitter Mercedes-Benz AMG on the third row of the grid, in fifth position.
Following a morning of torrential rain and poor visibility, which saw the warm up postponed by three hours, the DTM cars took to a drying track on time at 14.00.
As the lights went out Paffett got a good start. He took the outside line on entry to turn one, looking to make up some additional places, but was squeezed by some of the other cars and stayed P5 behind Scheider and ahead of Schumacher.
On lap 11, Scheider attempted to overtake Green but ran wide and Paffett seized the moment to overtake Scheider and begin to hunt down Green. A lap later, Green pitted and Paffet moved up into P3.
On lap 13 Paffett entered the pitlane to make his first pit stop. The pit crew executed a perfect stop of just 3.3 seconds and Paffett rejoined in P7. A combination of quick lap times and a fantastic pit stop meant that once everyone had made their first pit stop, Paffett was in P3.
As the race continued, Paffet defended his position from an ever-present Scheider, while also looking to close the gap to second placed Di Resta.
Scheider took his second pit stop on lap 25 which Paffett's team immediately reacted to, bringing him in the following lap. Due to another perfectly executed pit stop, Paffett was able to rejoin in P9, ahead of Scheider.
As the race reached half distance, dark clouds threatened a torrential downpour but only light spots of rain fell.
Following everyone's second pit stop Paffett was in P3 and began to pull away from Scheider and rein in Di Resta.
As the chequered flag fell, Paffett crossed the finish line in a comfortable third position.
"I am pleased with today's result as it's been quite a tough weekend for me and the team. We weren't as quick as we'd hoped during free practice on Friday and Saturday but by the end of qualifying we had made some good progress. I had a good race pace and despite having used up all my good tyres during qualifying I was able to keep a similar gap to the cars in front of me throughout the race;" commented Paffett
"It is great to be back up on the podium and I want to say a big thanks to the team for their perfect pit stops which played an important part in today's result;" continued Paffett.
"The next race is Zandvoort which is a personal favourite of mine so I'm looking forward to going there on the back of a good result and challenging for the top step of the podium;" commented Paffett.
Today's result puts Paffett third in the Championship with 25 points, and six races to go in the 2010 season, while Paffett's team - Salzgitter Mercedes-Benz AMG - currently lead the team ranking with 67 points.
Gary Paffett will head to Zandvoort for Round Six of the Championship on the 22nd August.