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Le Mans: Mercedes-Benz preview

The 40 Laps of Le Mans - Prior to the last two races of the 2008 DTM, at Le Mans this coming weekend and in Hockenheim on 26th October, Paul Di Resta (AMG Mercedes C-Class) is seven points behind the top of the ranking. After winning...

The 40 Laps of Le Mans

- Prior to the last two races of the 2008 DTM, at Le Mans this coming weekend and in Hockenheim on 26th October, Paul Di Resta (AMG Mercedes C-Class) is seven points behind the top of the ranking. After winning the previous race at Barcelona, Di Resta is second overall with 55 points whilst Timo Scheider leads with 62 points.

- Mercedes-Benz Bank/AMG Mercedes with Paul Di Resta and Bruno Spengler lead the team ranking with 86 points.

- Gary Paffett (stern AMG Mercedes C-Class) is ninth overall with eight points and is the best driver in the field with a last year's car.

- Mercedes-Benz won five of the 2008 season's nine races so far.

- Of the 51 races between Mercedes and Audi, Mercedes won almost two thirds, namely 32.

- Mercedes-Benz drivers won 62 of the 97 DTM races since the series' re-launch in 2000. Bernd Schneider (Genuine Parts AMG Mercedes C-Class) who achieved his 25th pole position recently in Barcelona and who is the record winner with 43 DTM race wins is also the most successful driver in the new DTM with 19 victories. The 62 Mercedes-Benz race wins have been achieved by 13 different drivers; Klaus Ludwig who won both races at the Sachsenring in 2000 has been the oldest at the age of 50 years; Paul Di Resta who achieved his first DTM win at the Lausitzring in May 2008 at the age of 22 years and 32 days was the youngest winner for Mercedes-Benz.

- Bruno Spengler (AMG Mercedes C-Class) won the first DTM race at Le Mans two years ago.

- At the same event, DTM title contender Paul Di Resta won Saturday's race of the Formula 3 Euro Series; afterwards, he needed only two points to win the championship title which he secured two weeks later in Hockenheim.

- Mika Hakkinen (AMG Mercedes C-Class) holds the DTM lap record at Le Mans with a time of 1m30.713 which he established in 2006. This time is about six seconds faster than the Formula 1 lap record at the Circuit Bugatti; however, this time (1m36.7) has been posted by Graham Hill already in 1967 on a track which had been 300 metre longer.

Comments on the upcoming event of Paul Di Resta, winner of the previous DTM race at Barcelona and second overall:

"Two second places and one win out of the previous three races and 26 out of 30 possible points were a good record and in Le Mans I want to continue this performance. I believe in my chance to win the championship title and so does my team."

-credit: daimler.com

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Series DTM
Drivers Mika Hakkinen , Bernd Schneider , Timo Scheider , Bruno Spengler , Gary Paffett , Graham Hill