Oschersleben: Mercedes race report

Mercedes 1-2 Victory: Gary Paffett Wins ahead of Paul di Resta Drivers of two C-Class generations on the podium Paul di Resta at the top of the drivers' ranking, tied on points with championship leader Mattias Ekstrom and Martin...

Mercedes 1-2 Victory:

Gary Paffett Wins ahead of Paul di Resta
Drivers of two C-Class generations on the podium

Paul di Resta at the top of the drivers' ranking, tied on points with championship leader Mattias Ekstrom and Martin Tomczyk.

Gary Paffett (Laureus AMG Mercedes C-Class 2006) won the second round of the 2007 DTM at Oschersleben. The 2005 champion achieved the first victory in the series for a last year's car, the C-Class of 2006 title winner Bernd Schneider. It is Gary's 10th race win in the DTM.

Paul di Resta (JAWA4U.de AMG Mercedes C-Class) drove his 2005 car to second place. After 44 exciting laps, the 2006 Formula 3 Euro Series champion came home 3.7sec behind Gary Paffett. In the overall ranking, Paul di Resta is third with 12 points, tied with Audi drivers Mattias Ekstrom and Martin Tomczyk; a situation like in Formula 1, where Vodafone McLaren Mercedes drivers Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton share the overall lead with Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari).

Mika Hakkinen (AMG Mercedes C-Class) was third until the penultimate lap, but missed a podium finish due to a collision with Mike Rockenfeller (Audi). As a consequence, the Finn had to make an extra pit stop to replace a damaged tyre; he ended up 17th.

Bernd Schneider (Genuine Parts AMG Mercedes) drove the race version of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class to a sixth place finish. Jamie Green (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) ended up 11th after a drive-through penalty following an incident with Vanina Ickx. Bruno Spengler (DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG Mercedes C-Class) retired due to a problem with the power steering system.A crowd of 63,000 attended the 2007 DTM season's second race during the weekend.

Gary Paffett, Laureus AMG Mercedes C-Class 2006, winner: "A result like a dream. I had never expected to win my second DTM race after a one-year break. My perfect start and the team's great strategy were key. The car ran really well already in qualifying. I thank everybody for their super job."

Paul di Resta, JAWA4U.de AMG Mercedes C-Class 2005, second: "Fantastic. I can hardly believe to finish my second DTM race in second place and to be one of the leaders of the overall ranking. My team did an excellent job. I want to thank everybody, also Mercedes-Benz for their confidence in me. The car has been perfect throughout the weekend."

Bernd Schneider, Genuine Parts AMG Mercedes C-Class 2007, sixth: "As a consequence of the clutch problem my engine stalled at the start and I dropped to the end of the field. The fact that I finished sixth shows the great performance of the new C-Class. It's a shame -- without the problem at the start a far better result would have been possible today."

Jamie Green, Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class 2007, 11th: "I almost stalled the engine at the start, therefore I lost a few positions and got stuck in traffic afterwards. At the second corner I tried to pass Vanina Ickx and as I knew that Timo Scheider was close behind me I pushed hard. Therefore our cars tangled."

Mathias Lauda, Trilux AMG Mercedes C-Class 2006, 13th: "We had the wrong strategy, therefore I had no chance for a better result."

Daniel la Rosa, TrekStor AMG Mercedes C-Class 2006, 14th: "Starting 15th I had no clear track right from the beginning and lost time. My fight with Lucas Luhr was fun; however, I once touched him a little bit and damaged my car, therefore I was not able to improve in the end."

Susie Stoddart, TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Class 2005, 16th: "A difficult race for me, in which I never found my rhythm. The spin short before the end was my fault."

Mika Hakkinen, AMG Mercedes C-Class 2007, 17th after an additional pit stop due to a damaged tyre as a consequence of a collision on the penultimate lap: "I am happy for Gary Paffett, Paul di Resta and Mercedes-Benz for the 1-2 victory. However, starting from pole position I am of course not happy to lose a possible podium finish due to the race accident with Mike Rockenfeller on the penultimate lap -- that's not to be criticized, well done."

Bruno Spengler, DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG Mercedes C-Class 2007, retired due to a problem with the power steering system: "It's a shame that I was not able to finish the race. The car had a good speed and I had a chance to win the race. The championship is not over yet, there are still eight races to go and nothing is decided."

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: "A great race. Congratulations to Gary Paffett on his win in a last year's car and to Paul di Resta on his second place with a 2005 C-Class, which Gary had driven to victory here two years ago. The Persson team did a good job and perfectly executed the right strategy. The 1-2 victory of the two 'used cars' shows, that this year the DTM has more contenders for top positions than ever before. It's a pity for Mika Hakkinen, as pole setter he started on the dirty side of the track and had a poor start there. Bernd Schneider and Jamie Green had also problems at the start and lost places; however, everybody could see that they had the speed for podium positions, and this is important for the next race. Jamie Green received an inapprehensible drive-through penalty for touching the car of Vanina Ickx, but this doesn't cloud our joy about a good and exciting race only a bit. Bruno Spengler retired due to a problem with the power steering system -- this will be solved for sure. The HWA team has always performed well and if there is a problem for once they still have our confidence and support. At the top of the drivers' ranking we have now a situation like in Formula 1, with three drivers tied for points at the top. Prior to and at the next race at the Lausitzring in two weeks, excitement is guaranteed."

-credit: mercedes

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Series DTM
Drivers Mika Hakkinen , Kimi Raikkonen , Fernando Alonso , Vanina Ickx , Lucas Luhr , Martin Tomczyk , Bernd Schneider , Timo Scheider , Norbert Haug , Mattias Ekström , Lewis Hamilton , Bruno Spengler , Gary Paffett , Paul di Resta , Mike Rockenfeller , Mathias Lauda , Daniel la Rosa , Jamie Green