Oschersleben: Mercedes race report

Second Win of the Year for Gary Paffett Gary Paffett (DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes) won the fifth round of the 2005 DTM at Oschersleben. After 44 laps he came home 3.1sec ahead of Mattias Ekström (Audi A4 DTM). Jamie Green (Salzgitter ...

Second Win of the Year for Gary Paffett

Gary Paffett (DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes) won the fifth round of the 2005 DTM at Oschersleben. After 44 laps he came home 3.1sec ahead of Mattias Ekström (Audi A4 DTM). Jamie Green (Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes) ended up third ahead of Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes). Jean Alesi (AMG-Mercedes) improved from 19th at the start to 13th at the chequered flag.

Mika Häkkinen (Sport Edition AMG-Mercedes) retired after an off on lap nine. In the overall ranking, Paffett is second with 34 points behind Ekström with 35 points after five out of 11 races. A crowd of 88,000 attended the event during the weekend, more than in any other event at Oschersleben so far.

Starting fourth on the grid, Green accelerated into the lead between the Audis of Tom Kristensen and Martin Tomczyk which were on the front row. Paffett followed in third place and passed Tomczyk on the second lap to improve to second.

On lap 11 Green and Paffett pitted simultaneously. Paffett's crew worked a bit quicker and both cars left the pits side-by-side with Paffett taking the lead when they were back on track. After the first round of pit stops Paffett was in first place ahead of Green and Ekström.

On lap 31 Green left the racing line for a moment and Ekström slipped by. At the end of the same lap, Green made his second pit stop, Paffett pitted two laps later. The order at the top of the field remained unchanged.

Schneider, 10th in qualifying, had an exciting battle with Kristensen in the closing stages. After ten laps of a bumper-to-bumper fight Schneider finished fourth half a second ahead of Kristensen.

Alesi had qualified 19th on a drying track. He finished the race in 13th place. Mika Häkkinen had an off in qualifying and was therefore 20th on the grid. In his pit stop on lap seven his car was released from the jacks by mistake. Two laps later he slid off the track and damaged his car severely so that he had to retire.

Gary Paffett, DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes, winner:

"My start was good, but Jamie's was better. It was important for me to pass Tomczyk on lap two. Together with our team's fast pit stops this was the basis for my victory. Thanks to everybody, I'm really happy."

Jamie Green, Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes, third:

"I started really well; however, after my first pit stop I wasn't able to go Gary's speed. When Ekström attacked I made a mistake and he went by. Anyway, I'm happy about my first DTM podium finish."

Bernd Schneider, Vodafone AMG-Mercedes, fourth:

"In the first-lap traffic I wasn't able to improve, particularly because I had a poor start. But we had a good strategy and the team did a great job with the pit stops."

Jean Alesi, AMG-Mercedes, 13th:

"It was a tough race. I started well, the car ran perfectly and the team did a good job. But starting 19th I wasn't able to do better than 13th."

Mika Häkkinen, Sport Edition AMG-Mercedes, retired:

"This was a frustrating weekend for me. First we had the problem during the pit stop. Two laps later I lost the rear of the car and went off. That was it. I will do better next time."

Stefan Mücke, Mücke Motorsport, finished 11th. Bruno Spengler, Mercedes Second Hand Cars, had qualified seventh but suffered from understeer and came home 16th. Alexandros Margaritis, Mücke Motorsport AMG-Mercedes, received a drive-through penalty for pit lane speeding and ended up 18th.

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:

"Congratulations to Gary Paffett, Jamie Green and the HWA team with Gerhard Ungar and Hans-Jürgen Mattheis on their fourth victory in the fifth race this season. It was a thrilling battle with the right strategy playing an important role for the outcome. Bernd Schneider performed very well. His battle with Tom Kristensen was of high quality and fair."

"The record crowd of overall 88,000 spectators here in Oschersleben and the TV viewers saw good sport. Mika's off and Jean's position show, that in the competitive DTM also small mistakes have significant consequences. We now look forward to the Norisring, although we will have to race there with an additional weight of ten kilograms what will make winning more difficult."


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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Mika Hakkinen , Tom Kristensen , Martin Tomczyk , Bernd Schneider , Norbert Haug , Mattias Ekström , Bruno Spengler , Gary Paffett , Alexandros Margaritis , Stefan Mücke , Jamie Green , Gerhard Ungar
Teams Mücke Motorsport