GARY PAFFETT RACES TO EXCITING VICTORY IN LAUREUS AMG MERCEDES AT OSCHERSLEBEN *Paffett now just one point behind the leaders in 2007 DTM Championship *Car to be auctioned at end of season to raise funds for Laureus Foundation *Next race for ...
GARY PAFFETT RACES TO EXCITING VICTORY IN LAUREUS AMG MERCEDES AT OSCHERSLEBEN
*Paffett now just one point behind the leaders in 2007 DTM
*Car to be auctioned at end of season to raise funds for Laureus Foundation
*Next race for Laureus AMG Mercedes at Lausitzring, Germany on May 20
Gary Paffett raced to his first win of the season as he brilliantly drove his Laureus AMG Mercedes C-Class to victory in the DTM touring car championship race at Oschersleben, Germany.
British driver Paffett, whose car will carry the Laureus logo for the rest of the season, crossed the line in the 44 lap race ahead of fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Paul di Resta and Mike Rockenfeller.
The victory lifted him to within one point of the leaders in this year's championship - Paul di Resta, Mattias Ekström and Martin Tomczyk, who each have 12 points.
Paffett, who is also a test driver for the McLaren-Mercedes Formula One team, said: "It was a dream result. I had never expected to win in only my second DTM race after a one-year break. My perfect start and the team's great strategy were the key factors. The car ran really well and I thank everybody for their super job."
At the end of the season, Paffett's Laureus AMG Mercedes C-Class car will be auctioned to raise funds for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Edwin Moses, Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, said: "Congratulations to Gary for a great drive. You can be sure everyone at Laureus is watching how Gary does with intense interest. If he can win the DTM championship, the car is bound to raise a lot more money when it is auctioned, which will help underprivileged young people around the world."
The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation uses the power of sport to address social challenges through a worldwide programme of sports related community development initiatives. Currently Laureus supports 48 projects globally, which have helped to improve the lives of almost 150,000 young people.
Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, said: "A great race. Congratulations to Gary Paffett on his win. At the top of the drivers' ranking we have now a situation like in Formula One, with three drivers tied for points at the top. Prior to and at the next race at the Lausitzring in two weeks, excitement is guaranteed. It is a great pleasure for us at Mercedes-Benz to be able to support the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in Germany and around the world."