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Brands Hatch: Mercedes-Benz race report

Paul Di Resta Takes 150th Mercedes-Benz DTM Victory § Fourth win of the year in the season's seven races for the C-Class § Third DTM career win for Di Resta from his second "Paul Position" § 317 races -- 150 first places § Paul...

Paul Di Resta Takes 150th Mercedes-Benz DTM Victory

§ Fourth win of the year in the season's seven races for the C-Class

§ Third DTM career win for Di Resta from his second "Paul Position"

§ 317 races -- 150 first places

§ Paul Di Resta (AMG Mercedes C-Class) won the 2009 DTM's seventh round at Brands Hatch. It is the 150th DTM victory for Mercedes-Benz in 317 races since the beginning of their DTM activities in 1988, the fourth in the season's seven races so far. And it is the third DTM career win for Di Resta who had clinched his second pole position in the championship yesterday.

§ After 90 laps on the shortest DTM track (1.929 kms), with a turbulent closing stage and two safety car periods, Gary Paffett (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) came home fourth and Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class) sixth. Ralf Schumacher (Trilux AMG Mercedes C-Class) ended up ninth following a drive-through penalty; he missed eighth place and one championship point by less than six tenths of a second.

§ After seven out of 10 races, Paffett is third in the overall ranking with 34 points. Di Resta and Spengler are fourth and fifth respectively with 29 points each. Scheider (Audi) leads with 43 points.

§ The team Salzgitter/Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG with Paffett and Spengler is second in the team ranking with 63 points which is comparable to the Formula 1 Constructors' World Championship.

§ Maro Engel (GQ AMG Mercedes C-Class) finished in 10th place; Jamie Green (Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Class) received a drive-through penalty and came home 12th ahead of Susie Stoddart (TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Class).

§ Mathias Lauda (stern AMG Mercedes C-Class) retired on lap 73 due to an accident.

§ Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton visited the DTM event at Brands Hatch on Sunday for the second time since 2008. Lewis drove the Mercedes-Benz DTM race taxi C63 AMG, answered questions on the show stage and signed hundreds of autographs for his British fans. Afterwards, he watched the race from the pit wall.

§ A total of 20,400 spectators attended the 2009 DTM's sixth round at Brands Hatch during the weekend.

The start: Starting from his second DTM pole position, Paul Di Resta accelerated fastest to the first corner and maintained his position ahead of Scheider and Bruno Spengler who improved from fourth to third. Gary Paffett was sixth followed by Jamie Green.

Lap 20: Gary Paffett overtook Kristensen and was fifth.

Lap 24: Ralf Schumacher completed his first mandatory pit stop.

Lap 26: Jamie Green passed Kristensen for sixth place.

Lap 27: First pit stop of Bruno Spengler.

Lap 30: Drive-through penalty for Ralf Schumacher because of exceeding the pit lane speed limit; he served it on lap 32.

Lap 34: Jamie Green came in the pits for his first routine stop.

Lap 36: Paul Di Resta pitted from the lead followed by Gary Paffett one lap later. Drive-through penalty for Jamie Green following an incident with Jarvis.

Lap 40: Following the first round of pit stops, Paul Di Resta held the lead ahead of Bruno Spengler.

Lap 48: Gary Paffett completed his second stop followed by Bruno Spengler two laps later. The Canadian suffered a puncture after being hit by Tomczyk.

Lap 54: Second pit stop of Paul Di Resta.

Lap 68: All drivers had completed their mandatory stops. Paul Di Resta held the lead ahead of Scheider and Tomczyk; Gary Paffett was fourth and Bruno Spengler seventh.

Lap 73: Mathias Lauda crashed into the tyre barrier at Paddock Hill Bend and caused a safety car period.

Lap 79: Re-start. Paul Di Resta maintained the lead whilst Legge blocked Gary Paffett.

Lap 81: Accident of Kristensen; another saftey car period. Ralf Schumacher touched Markus Winkelhock; Maro Engel tried to avoid them and spun.

Lap 88: Second re-start. Paul Di Resta stayed in front of Scheider.

Finish (lap 90): Paul Di Resta won; Gary Paffett came home fourth and Bruno Spengler sixth. -- Due to the time limit of 70 minutes, the race was stopped already after 90 instead of 93 laps.

Paul Di Resta (2009 AMG Mercedes C-Class), winner: "A great race for me -- it's fantastic to score my first win of the season in my home race and to achieve the 150th win for Mercedes-Benz in the DTM together with my team. Already yesterday's qualifying with the pole position was perfect and today my C-Class was at its best. The safety car periods towards the end of the race made it exciting; however, I always controlled the field. Thank you to my team, this victory is a nice reward for everybody's hard work."

Gary Paffett (2009 Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class), fourth: "I moved up from sixth on the grid to fourth at the chequered flag -- which is not bad here as overtaking is almost impossible at Brands Hatch. Therefore I am still happy with my result, although a podium finish was possible. In the overall ranking I am now nine points behind Scheider, but with three races to go everything is possible."

Bruno Spengler (2009 Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class), sixth: "We had a good strategy and I was second after my first pit stop. After being hit by Tomczyk I suffered from a puncture. I therefore pitted earlier than planned. I finished sixth instead of second, but I am happy that I didn't retire despite the puncture."

Ralf Schumacher (2009 Trilux AMG Mercedes C-Class), ninth: "A turbulent race and I made a few mistakes, too. At this short circuit it seems to be normal when drivers leave the track. Following the two safety car periods, the field was very close together which was certainly exciting for the spectators. Congratulations to my team mate Paul on his convincing win."

Maro Engel (2008 GQ AMG Mercedes C-Class), 10th: "Following the first re-start Ralf tried an optimistic move and touched Markus Winkelhock. I had to avoid them and spun and that cost me one point."

Jamie Green (2008 Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Class), 12th: "After my first pit stop I resumed right behind Jarvis. As I was faster than him I tried to pass him; unfortunately I touched him and he spun. I am sorry for that. The drive-through penalty destroyed my race."

Susie Stoddart (2008 TV-Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Class), 13th: "My performance was not good enough today and my result is not what I had hoped for. I am disappointed."

Mathias Lauda (2008 stern AMG Mercedes C-Class), retired due to an accident: "After my second pit stop I had problems with my left front tyre which caused a short off the lap before the accident. Afterwards, at the fast Paddock Hill Bend I was not able to keep the car on track any longer."

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: "Super! Paul and his C-Class were a class of their own here, indeed. Without having been hit, Bruno Spengler wouldn't have got a puncture but would have finished in second place, and Gary Paffett missed a possible third place due to a lengthy second pit stop. Thanks to our strategy and our speed we were in the position to achieve an all Mercedes podium -- this has been prevented by the collision, puncture and pit stop, but anyway we naturally enjoy Paul's convincing first place very much. 150 wins out of 317 races so far are an excellent balance of our DTM activities."

-credit: m-b

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Series DTM
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Norbert Haug , Lewis Hamilton , Bruno Spengler , Gary Paffett , Markus Winkelhock , Mathias Lauda , Maro Engel , Jamie Green