STRONG DRIVE TO SIXTH PLACE AT THE NURBURGRING SEES PAFFETT MAINTAIN DTM CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD WITH FOUR RACES TO GO
British racing driver Gary Paffett secured a sixth place finish at the Nurburgring, bringing home another eight Championship points and maintaining his lead of the 2012 DTM Championship, with just four rounds to go.
The THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG C-Coupé driver had a difficult qualifying session. The team had struggled for pace in the practice sessions and, despite making a number of changes to the car ahead of qualifying, the quickest lap during the qualifying session was only good enough for P11.
On Sunday afternoon Paffett lined up on the grid in eleventh place. Making a strong start he had passed several cars before turn one and was already up to P7 by the end of lap one.
Paffett came into the pits on lap 12 for his first pitstop of the afternoon and, having pitted one lap earlier than sixth-placed Wickens, was able to jump the Canadian in the pitstops and snatch P6.
Paffett now found himself behind Rockenfeller and the two drivers battled hard over the next fourteen laps. The team made the call to bring Paffett in early for his second stop to try and jump Rockenfeller in the pitlane but unfortunately there was an issue with the right rear tyre which extended the pitstop and meant Rockenfeller was able to maintain fifth position.
In the closing stages of the race Paffett was able to reel Rockenfeller in, closing the gap to under half a second, but at a track that is notoriously difficult to pass on, Paffett had to settle for sixth place and eight Championship points.
“A good grid position is really important at this track as it’s tough to overtake around here so we knew it would be a tough weekend after qualifying in P11. I was happy with my opening lap and to come away with sixth place isn’t too bad considering where we started and the issue we had at the second pitstop;” commented Gary Paffett.
“We managed to solve many of the issues we had in qualifying and had great pace throughout the race. Although it’s disappointing not to have been in a position to challenge for a race win we head to Zandvoort leading the Championship by twenty points where will be intending to challenge for winsonce again;” continued Gary Paffett.
Paffett heads to Zandvoort on the 26th August for the next round of the Championship.
Paffett currently leads the drivers’ Championship with 103 points with Spengler in second place with 83 points and Green in third place with 81 points.
Source: Gary Paffett Press