1-2-3 victory for Mercedes-Benz Jean Alesi started from his second DTM pole position whilst Gary Paffett was second on the grid. Christijan Albers, who had qualified third, squeezed through between them and took the lead ahead of Paffett and ...
1-2-3 victory for Mercedes-Benz
Jean Alesi started from his second DTM pole position whilst Gary Paffett was second on the grid. Christijan Albers, who had qualified third, squeezed through between them and took the lead ahead of Paffett and Alesi. After the first corner, Bernd Schneider was fourth.
On lap eight, Paffett made his first pit stop in 4.6sec. Albers followed one lap later (5.3sec). When he resumed he stalled the engine due to clutch problem and lost the lead. Alesi pitted on lap ten (6.4sec) and Schneider made his first pit stop on lap 12 (5.2sec). After the first round of pit stops, Paffett was first ahead of Alesi, Albers and Schneider.
The four HWA drivers made their second stops between lap 40 and 43: Paffett (5.4sec), Albers (7.8sec), Alesi (9.7sec) and Schneider (5.2sec). Paffett retained the lead whilst Albers was now second ahead of Alesi and Schneider. On lap 64, Alesi locked his wheels due to a brake problem and hit the tyre wall at the Grundig hairpin. The Frenchman was able to resume and ended up tenth. Paffett won ahead of Albers and Schneider.
Gary Paffett, C-Klasse AMG-Mercedes:
"I'm really happy about my second win of the year. This was the perfect response to what had happened at the Lausitzring three weeks ago. I started well, but Christijan started better. My team performed two great pit stops which were the basis for my victory."
Christijan Albers, DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes:
"I'm satisfied with second position and I'm glad about the fantastic result for Mercedes-Benz and HWA. I tried to close the gap behind Gary, but this wasn't possible on this track. After my first pit stop I had big trouble with my clutch."
Bernd Schneider, Vodafone AMG-Mercedes:
"My third place isn't bad, but for a better position I was too slow in the middle sector. The trend after my first podium of the year is improving."
Jean Alesi, AMG-Mercedes:
"My team worked excellently throughout the weekend. The first three positions are a great result for Mercedes-Benz and I would have liked to be on the podium, too. A problem in the brake system prevented that today."
Stefan Mücke, CLK AMG-Mercedes was in the points for about two thirds of the race. From lap ten, he suffered from gearbox problems and as of lap 65 he had only sixth gear left. He came into the pits and retired.
Markus Winkelhock, Original-Teile AMG-Mercedes was hit at the left rear in the opening stages. This damaged his connecting rod which broke on lap 28. Winkelhock retired. Bernd Mayländer, CLK AMG-Mercedes was hit by Tom Kristensen (Audi) on lap 2. He had to make an extra pit stop to change a damaged tyre. Jarek Janis, Sonax Dark Dog AMG-Mercedes suffered from fading brakes and ended his race on lap 62.
Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:
"A great performance by Gary, Christijan and Bernd and by the entire HWA team under Gerhard Ungar, Hans-Jürgen Mattheis and the boss Hans Werner Aufrecht. Congratulations to Gary on his second win of the year and his third on the track. This was the best response to his disqualification at the Lausitzring."
"Everybody did a fantastic job to make this result possible in front of a record crowd. I'm sorry for Jean who lost a podium position due to a brake problem. The C-Class was reliable and fast, and at the halfway point of the season, Mercedes-Benz leads the Drivers', Teams' and manufacturers' Championships."