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Oschersleben: Mercedes race report

DTM Oschersleben: Paul Di Resta wins ahead of Bruno Spengler Oschersleben § They achieved it again: Like at Brands Hatch two weeks ago, Paul Di Resta (AMG Mercedes C-Class) won the exciting 2010 DTM's eighth round at Oschersleben; like two...

DTM Oschersleben: Paul Di Resta wins ahead of Bruno Spengler Oschersleben

§ They achieved it again: Like at Brands Hatch two weeks ago, Paul Di Resta (AMG Mercedes C-Class) won the exciting 2010 DTM's eighth round at Oschersleben; like two weeks ago, Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class) finished second. After 50 laps (184.800 kms), Paul came home 1.271sec ahead of Bruno.

§ Mercedes-Benz achieved their 75th victory of the new DTM 117 races since 2000. It is the 159th DTM win out of 328 races for the brand since Mercedes-Benz entered the championship as a factory team in 1988 and the seventh out of eight races this season -- the sixth in a row. Paul Di Resta took his fifth win in his 39th DTM race.

§ Bruno Spengler clinched his seventh podium finish out of eight races 2010, the 21st of his DTM career, and maintained the overall lead with 60 points. Paul is second with 53 points ahead of Gary with 44 points. Mattias Ekstrom (Audi) is fourth on 34 points. In the final three races. A driver can score a maximum of 30 points.

§ A first decision was made in the team ranking: Salzgitter/Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG with Spengler/Paffett lead with 104 points ahead of Laureus AMG Mercedes (Di Resta/Schumacher) with 56 points. Audi Sport is third on 42 points which means that the title can be won only by a Mercedes-Benz team, as a team cannot win more than 54 points in the three races still to come.

§ Gary Paffett (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) who had started 10th ended up a strong fourth despite a penalty. Jamie Green (Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Class) came home seventh. Ralf Schumacher (Laureus AMG Mercedes C-Class) missed a points finish and ended up ninth ahead Susie Stoddart (TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Class). Maro Engel (GQ AMG Mercedes C-Class) and David Coulthard (Deutsche Post AMG Mercedes C-Class) came home 12th and 14th respectively.

§ CongFu Cheng (stern AMG Mercedes C-Class) retired due to an accident on lap 2.

§ A total of 62,000 spectators attended the DTM race at Oschersleben during the weekend.

Paul Di Resta (AMG Mercedes C-Class) winner: "My second win within two weeks - fantastic. Thank you to my team -- you gave me a perfect C-Class which I realised already in this morning's warm-up. When I lost time during my first pit stop I felt my heart beat, but I managed to move up to the front again. Me first and Bruno second -- if we continue like this, the championship battle will be really exciting. I am very confident."

Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class) second: „Second place and eight points are a good result. I thank my team for a great job. During the last stint I was faster than Timo and I put a lot of pressure on him; the fight was over when he suffered from a puncture. As I had lost time behind him, Paul was able to move in front of me. I am now looking forward to the next race in Hockenheim."

Gary Paffett (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) fouth: „I was much faster than Martin Tomczyk and I cannot understand what should have been wrong with my first overtaking manoeuvre. We tangled briefly, but this is normal in a race. At least I showed that overtaking is possible in Oschersleben."

Jamie Green (Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Class) seventh: "This circuit does not suit our car so much; therefore, seventh place and two points are not too bad. I hope for more in Hockenheim."

Ralf Schumacher (Laureus AMG Mercedes C-Class) ninth: "To end up ninth from 15th on the grid is quite ok. Unfortunately, I missed a points finish, but this I ruined already in yesterday's qualifying."

Susie Stoddart (TV-Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Class) 10th: "My start was not so good but I was faster towards the end, so I am quite happy with my 10th-place finish."

Maro Engel (GQ AMG Mercedes C-Class) 12th: "After spinning on the opening lap I was able to catch up, but the drive-through penalty because of pit lane speeding ruined my race."

David Coulthard (Deutsche Post AMG Mercedes C-Class) 14th: "Another nice Sunday excursion. I tangled right after the start and afterwards, I struggled with my car's balance. But I made more valuable experience."

CongFu Cheng (stern AMG Mercedes C-Class) retired due to an accident: „I was hit by another car, hit the tyre barrier and that was it."

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: "We almost tripped ourselves up today, when Paul's first pit stop lasted twice as long as planned and Bruno dropped behind Timo Scheider due to a not ideal stop -- the big advantage both had after 20 laps was suddenly gone. But Paul and Bruno fought back and achieved the 1-2 victory. Without his tyre problem, Timo Scheider would have had something to say about first place. I'm sorry for him; when you want 10 points and end up with zero, it hurts. Gary Paffett showed a great drive -- without his penalty, which I don't understand at all, third place instead of fourth would have been possible: strong, considering Gary started 10th on the grid.

"There will be no internal critics today after our not ideal stops: The guys -- and the girls -- all work so hard and do most of their jobs always right. We now look forward to Hockenheim and the DTM's German finale. It would be very nice if we could manage a good star performance like today in our home race attended by thousands of Mercedes-Benz colleagues."

-source: mercedes-benz

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