DTM NÃ¼rburgring: Victory for Gary Paffett Starting from pole position Paffett took the lead with a margin of 1.8sec ahead of EkstrÃ¶m at the end of the opening lap. After the first lap, Albers was fourth, Schneider seventh and Alesi tenth.
DTM Nürburgring: Victory for Gary Paffett
Starting from pole position Paffett took the lead with a margin of 1.8sec ahead of Ekström at the end of the opening lap. After the first lap, Albers was fourth, Schneider seventh and Alesi tenth. Paffett pitted from the lead on lap six together with Albers. Schneider came in one lap later whilst Alesi made his first pit stop on lap eight.
Afterwards Paffett closed the gap behind Emanuele Pirro (Audi A4 DTM). The team decided to make Paffett's second stop earlier than planned to avoid him being delayed. Paffett came in on lap 19 whilst Pirro made his first stop only on lap 20.
Albers pitted the second time on lap 22, Schneider followed on lap 23 and Alesi on lap 24. After the second round of pit stops, Paffett was back in the lead. He controlled the race and won with a gap of 2.1sec ahead of Ekström.
Behind them, Schneider, Marcel Fässler (Opel Vectra GTS V8) and Albers fought for third place. On lap 36, Albers had an off at the hairpin of the short track due to lack of brake pressure. One lap later he came into the pits and retired. Schneider maintained third place ahead of Fässler whilst Alesi came home seventh after an close battle with Timo Scheider (Opel Vectra GTS V8).
Gary Paffett, C-Klasse AMG-Mercedes:
"I'm really happy about my third win in the championship. I thank the entire team for a perfect car. I started really well. After my first pit stop I was stuck behind Pirro. Therefore we advanced my second stop. Afterwards Ekström was two seconds behind me and I controlled the race."
Bernd Schneider, Vodafone AMG-Mercedes:
"I made a good start. Especially with my second set of tyres I was able to attack so that I made up some positions. In the closing stages I benefited from the battle between Christijan and Fässler and I improved to third place."
Jean Alesi, AMG-Mercedes:
"A very difficult weekend. It's not bad to improve from 13th on the grid to seventh at the finish line, however, I'm not satisfied with my performance."
Christijan Albers, DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes:
"I had improved to third place when in the last part of the race my brakes faded. Therefore I wasn't able to withstand the attacks of Bernd and Fässler. In next weekend's race at Oschersleben I will do my best to regain the championship lead."
Stefan Mücke, CLK AMG-Mercedes was 13th after the first lap and crossed the finish line as the best driver with a last year's car in 10th position. At the car of Bernd Mayländer, CLK AMG-Mercedes the team changed the brake discs on the grid. After the start he made up eight positions and was twelfth after the first lap. Bernd ended up 15th.
Jarek Janis, Sonax Dark Dog AMG-Mercedes and Markus Winkelhock, Original-Teile AMG-Mercedes collided on the opening lap. Winkelhock retired in the pits on lap 3 after he had lost his bonnet. Janis pitted with a damaged car on lap 13 and retired.
Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:
"Another faultless race by Gary in front of a record crowd. He is the man of the moment in the DTM. Out of his 15 DTM career races he has won the last three in a row. Compliments to Gerhard Ungar, Hans-Jürgen Mattheis and the entire HWA team. It's a shame for Christijan Albers. He had to retire due to brake problems and lost the championship lead. More than 100,000 spectators during the weekend saw exciting sport."