PAFFETT STORMS TO VICTORY AT ZANDVOORT British driver Gary Paffett today scored his second victory of the season with a convincing win at Round Six of the DTM series at the Circuit Park Zandvoort in the Netherlands. Having battled it out ...
PAFFETT STORMS TO VICTORY AT ZANDVOORT
British driver Gary Paffett today scored his second victory of the season with a convincing win at Round Six of the DTM series at the Circuit Park Zandvoort in the Netherlands.
Having battled it out against the Audis of Scheider and Molina and the Mercedes of Di Resta in the final part of qualifying, Paffett lined up his Salzgitter Mercedes-Benz AMG in second position on the grid.
As the lights went off, pole sitter Scheider stalled, allowing Paffett to take turn one in first position, ahead of Di Resta.
Paffett pulled a two second gap ahead of Di Resta and then focused on maintaining a good race pace, while also looking after his tyres at a track known to be tough on tyres.
From then on, Paffett led the field convincingly until he pitted on lap 14. The team executed a smooth pitstop and he rejoined in 5th place behind Green.
On lap 19 after all drivers had made their first pit stops, Paffett was in first place, ahead of Di Resta.
Paffett continued to keep Di Resta at bay for the next eight laps until he pitted for his second stop. Another perfect stop from the Salzgitter Mercedes-Benz pit crew combined by solid lap times from Paffett, meant that after the second round of pit stops, Paffett had convincingly maintained first place.
After 42 laps of the circuit, Paffett crossed the finish line and took the chequered flag 0.396 seconds ahead of Di Resta.
"It is fantastic to be back on the top step of the podium again. The car was handling really well during qualifying so I knew we had a good chance of a race win today. The team has done a great job all weekend and I'm very grateful for all the hard work they have put in;" commented Paffett.
"Victory today puts me in second place in the Championship, just nine points behind Spengler, so I'm in a great position to challenge for the Championship for the remainder of the season;" continued Paffett.
"We head to Brands Hatch next which I'm really looking forward to as it's my home race. I'm going to head there on the back of a great race weekend and will be aiming for a repeat of today's result;" commented Paffett.
Today's result moved Paffett up to second in the Championship with 35 points, just 9 points behind current Championship leader Bruno Spengler. With five races to go in the 2010 season, Paffett's team - Salzgitter Mercedes-Benz AMG - currently lead the team ranking with 79 points.
Gary Paffett will head to his home race of Brands Hatch for Round Seven of the Championship on the 5th September.