Gary Paffett best-placed Mercedes driver at his home race in Brands Hatch

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Gary Paffett (THOMAS SABO AMG Mercedes C-Class) best-placed Mercedes-Benz driver with P4 at his home race in Brands Hatch, the race took place in difficult weather conditions with occasional, heavy rain showers. Gary Paffett (THOMAS SABO AMG Mercedes C-Class) finished in P4 as best-placed Mercedes-Benz driver at the seventh race of the season in Brands Hatch.

Gary Paffett, Team HWA AMG Mercedes C-Klasse and Bruno Spengler, Team HWA AMG Mercedes C-Klasse
Gary Paffett, Team HWA AMG Mercedes C-Klasse and Bruno Spengler, Team HWA AMG Mercedes C-Klasse

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Comments after the race:

Gary Paffett (AMG Mercedes C THOMAS SABO-Class) – Fourth:

“Fourth place is obviously not ideal, but given the circumstances, it’s a decent result. I was fastest this morning in warm-up, so it could have gone better for us in the dry, but it was a tough race in the wet. I dropped down a couple of places at the start and after that, couldn’t initially keep up with the pace of the leaders. In the second half of the race we were more competitive, and I kept closing on Edoardo Mortara in third place, but unfortunately in the end it wasn’t enough.”

Ralf Schumacher (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) – Fifth:

“Although the rain made conditions tricky, this was a good race for me – I’m more than satisfied with fifth place. My C-Class was really quick today, and the crew did some excellent work – so a special thanks to them.”

Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class) – Seventh:

“Unfortunately the heavy rain really didn’t suit me – starting eighth on the grid, the spray meant I had very poor visibility out on track. That’s why I drove carefully in the beginning to avoid taking any risks, and not make any mistakes. Many thanks to my team for their quick work in the pits, which enabled me to move up a place – that won me two valuable points in the overall standings. I’ll be back on the attack over the next three races, aiming to score as many points as possible.”

Bruno Spengler, Team HWA AMG Mercedes C-Klasse
Bruno Spengler, Team HWA AMG Mercedes C-Klasse

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Jamie Green (AMG Mercedes C-Class) – Eighth:

“I’m of course not too happy with eighth place in the race, in view of starting from fourth position on the grid. It was an eventful race for me – on the first stint I went into the gravel, then I spun: both incidents cost me a lot of time. Still, I fought my way back into the points and I overtook Oliver Jarvis just before the finish for eighth place.”

Maro Engel (GQ AMG Mercedes C-Class) – Tenth:

“Unfortunately, I didn’t get away well. Timo Scheider forced me over to the outside of the track in turn one, causing me to drop down the field a few places. My C-Class had plenty of speed after that and I moved up a couple of positions. Unfortunately, my car sustained some damage in a collision with Miguel Molina. It wasn’t easy to drive from that point onwards. My team did a great job and we had a good strategy – but today unfortunately, more just wasn’t possible.”

David Coulthard (Deutsche Post AMG Mercedes C-Class) – Twelfth:

“I moved up four places during the race, but all in all I had a poor day. Racing in the wet is certainly more entertaining for the spectators, but I always prefer dry conditions. It’s a shame, because my C-Class was quick today.”

David Coulthard, Mücke Motorsport, AMG Mercedes C-Klasse
David Coulthard, Mücke Motorsport, AMG Mercedes C-Klasse

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Christian Vietoris (Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Class) – 13th:

“Sadly, the race didn’t go according to plan for me – even though I’d hoped for rain. I got off to a decent start from eleventh on the grid and moved up a few places. Unfortunately, I lost some time in a pit stop and then later on I received a drive-through penalty – after that, 13th was the best I could achieve.”

Susie Stoddart (TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Class) – 14th:

“The heavy rain meant this wasn’t an easy race for any of the drivers. The conditions were so bad that at times I had problems keeping the car on the track. At least I had an exciting duel with Renger van der Zande, but overall I’m afraid this wasn’t a good weekend for me.”

Our performance in the wet today wasn’t as strong as usual

Norbert Haug

Renger van der Zande (stern AMG Mercedes C-Class) – 15th:

“Unfortunately, I just wasn’t quick enough today. Actually, I fancied my chances more in the wet than yesterday in the dry, but unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that way. We must now sit down together and analyse the data to find the cause.”

Norbert Haug, Vice-President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:

“Our performance in the wet today wasn’t as strong as usual, but the points standings are now almost level at the top of the table with just three races to go this season. The battle for the title starts here and Bruno Spengler is in with an excellent chance. Congratulations to Audi on their one-two-three finish.”

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Series DTM
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , David Coulthard , Timo Scheider , Norbert Haug , Bruno Spengler , Gary Paffett , Oliver Jarvis , Christian Vietoris , Maro Engel , Renger van der Zande , Miguel Molina , Jamie Green , Edoardo Mortara
Teams Mücke Motorsport
Tags haug, mercedes, paffett, schumacher, spengler