DTM Brno: Gary Paffett Third Christijan Albers was second on the grid. After the start he made a mistake under braking at the first corner and lost one position to Martin Tomczyk (Audi A4 DTM). After the opening lap Paffett was eighth and Jean...
DTM Brno: Gary Paffett Third
Christijan Albers was second on the grid. After the start he made a mistake under braking at the first corner and lost one position to Martin Tomczyk (Audi A4 DTM). After the opening lap Paffett was eighth and Jean Alesi twelfth. Bernd Schneider dropped to 18th following a coming toge¬ther with Laurent Aiello (Opel) and a spin.
Albers and Paffett made their first pit stops on lap six. One lap later, Martin Tomczyk exited the pits immediately ahead of Albers. When the Dutchman tried to pass the Audi, both cars touched and Tomczyk retired. Albers received a drive-through penalty and also damaged his car. He pitted for the penalty on lap 11 and retired three laps later due to a locking left front wheel following as a consequence of the collision.
Paffett improved to fourth position on lap 11. On the 13th lap, he made his second pit stop and left the pits side-by-side with Marcel Fässler (Opel Vectra GTS V8). Paffett passed the Swiss, improved to third which he maintained until the chequered flag. Schneider pitted again on lap 15 and finally came home tenth. Alesi came in for his second stop on lap 16 and ended up eighth.
Gary Paffett, C-Klasse AMG-Mercedes:
"I had a good race with many fair fights. Congratulations to Mattias Ekström. I now look forward to Hockenheim and an exciting fight for the runner-up position."
Jean Alesi, AMG-Mercedes:
"A weekend to forget. I hope I will be able to finish the season with a positive result in two weeks at Hockenheim, after I won there one year ago."
Bernd Schneider, Vodafone AMG-Mercedes:
"From 15th on the grid and the spin a better result was not possible. Congratulations to Mattias Ekström, he was the best this season and deserved the title. However, I will fight to get the championship back next year."
Christijan Albers, DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes:
"I wanted to keep my championship hopes alive and pushed hard. The collision with Tomczyk was the result of a misunderstanding. I braked earlier than him, he pulled to the right and our cars touched. Congratulations to Mattias Ekström on a great season."
Stefan Mücke, CLK AMG-Mercedes started well and was 12th after the opening lap. He finally came home 11th. Bernd Mayländer, CLK AMG-Mercedes ended up 16th, Markus Winkelhock, Original-Teile AMG-Mercedes lost time at the start because he was not able to see the lights. He finished 18th. Jarek Janis, Sonax Dark Dog AMG-Mercedes retired from his home race after the first lap due to a collision.
Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:
"Congratuations to Mattias Ekström, Abt and Audi, who made the least mistakes in nine races and therefore deserved the title. Gary Paffett drove well and fast and improved from seventh on the grid to a podium finish. The incident between Christijan Albers and Martin Tomczyk certainly was the result of a misunderstanding and not intended by Christijan and cost him his chances. We now look forward to the great season finale at Hockenheim in two weeks in front of a predicted sold out crowd."