Jamie Green (Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Class) finished the 2009 DTM’s sixth round at the Nürburgring in fifth position, followed by Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class), Ralf Schumacher (Trilux AMG Mercedes C-Class) and Gary Paffett (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) in positions six to eight respectively.
Spengler, second in qualifying, was hit by Audi’s Mattias Ekström already on the opening lap and had to race 48 laps (174.192 kms) with a damaged car. In addition, the 2009 C-Class had started with a 10-kilo weight handicap – the consequence of two wins and a second place out of the previous four races.
Paffett who had started 16th after technical problems with misfire in qualifying was pushed into a spin by Katherine Legge (Audi) at turn one and is now third in the overall ranking with 29 points after six out of 10 races. Bruno Spengler is fourth with 26 points. Timo Scheider (Audi) leads with 35 points.
The team Salzgitter/Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG with Paffett and Spengler lead the team ranking with 55 points which is comparable to the Formula 1 Constructors‘ World Championship.
Mathias Lauda (stern AMG Mercedes C-Class) came home ninth today; Susie Stoddart (TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Class) and Maro Engel (GQ AMG Mercedes C-Class) ended up in positions 11 and 12 respectively.
Paul Di Resta (AMG Mercedes C-Class) retired on lap 16 due to an accident after his rear wing blade got detached.
A total of 86,000 spectators attended the 2009 DTM’s sixth round at the Nürburgring during the weekend.
The start: Starting second on the grid, Bruno Spengler was second at the first corner; however, at the Mercedes Arena he was hit by Mattias Ekström; the car was damaged at the left rear and the Canadian dropped to fifth ahead of Paul Di Resta. Gary Paffett, who had started 16th after technical problems with misfire in qualifying, was pushed off the track by Katherine Legge (Audi) at the first corner. The safety car was deployed until the end of the second lap.
Lap 7: With his damaged car Bruno Spengler drove in fifth place almost one second per lap slower than the top. He was fifth ahead of Paul Di Resta, Jamie Green, Ralf Schumacher and Mathias Lauda.
Lap 11: Gary Paffett had fought his way up to 11th place.
Lap 12: First pit stop by Paul Di Resta.
Lap 13: Drive-through penalty for Susie Stoddart due to speeding under yellow flag.
Lap 16: Gary Paffett completed his first mandatory stop. Under braking for turn one, the rear wing blade of Paul Di Resta’s car got detached; the Scotsman retired.
Lap 18: Bruno Spengler pitted for the first time, followed by Mathias Lauda one lap later.
Lap 20: Ralf Schumacher, Maro Engel and Susie Stoddart came into the pits for their respective first stops; Jamie Green, now in the lead with his 2008 car, concluded the Mercedes drivers‘ first round of pit stops on lap 22. The ranking: Bruno Spengler fifth ahead of Jamie Green, Ralf Schumacher, Mathias Lauda and Gary Paffett.
Lap 25: Second pit stop by Gary Paffett.
Lap 30: Bruno Spengler came in for his second routine halt.
Lap 34: Mathias Lauda, Susie Stoddart and Maro Engel pitted for the second time; Jamie Green followed one lap later and Ralf Schumacher on lap 36.
Lap 36: After all drivers had completed their two mandatory pit stops, Jamie Green was the best Mercedes driver in fifth place ahead of Bruno Spengler, Ralf Schumacher, Gary Paffett and Mathias Lauda. Susie Stoddart was 11th followed by Maro Engel.
Finish (lap 48): Jamie Green came home fifth ahead of Bruno Spengler, Ralf Schumacher, Gary Paffett and Mathias Lauda.
Jamie Green (2008 Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Class), fifth: “I started well and managed to stay out of trouble at turn one. My C-Class was great and I was able to overtake a couple of drivers; so I improved from 11th on the grid to fifth at the chequered flag. Thank you to my team – the guys did a great job. Now I look forward to my home race at Brands Hatch in three weeks time.”
Bruno Spengler (2009 Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class), sixth: “Incidents at the first three corners affected my entire race. All of a sudden I felt a hard hit, when Mattias Ekström crashed into my car.
Afterwards, the aerodynamics didn’t work sufficiently anymore and I suffered from strong oversteer, particularly in right turns. Moreover, I needed four or five laps to build up grip again in my tyres after I had been forced off the racing line. In these circumstances it is ok to finish sixth and I’m still happy to score at least three points.”
Ralf Schumacher (2009 Trilux AMG Mercedes C-Class), seventh: “Finishing seventh from 15th on the grid is not bad. Like a year ago when I scored my first DTM point, I finished in the points again. It’s great to achieve this in front of my home crowd. Maybe with a few laps more, an even better result would have been possible.”
Gary Paffett (2009 Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class), eighth: “It was tough to start 16th on the grid, but what happened afterwards was even more annoying. Katherine Legge hit me at the first corner. Afterwards I gave it my all to catch up; however, more than eighth was not possible today.“
Mathias Lauda (2008 stern AMG Mercedes C-Class), ninth: “It’s a shame that I missed the points positions; however, it’s still ok to finish within the top 10. Particularly during the last stint my lap times were good and so I am confident for Brands Hatch.”
Susie Stoddart (2008 TV-Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Class), 11th: “The reason for my drive-through penalty was clearly my fault. It’s a shame; a top 10 result was possible today.”
Maro Engel (2008 GQ AMG Mercedes C-Class), 12th: “Today everything went wrong what could go wrong. My start was a catastrophe; Katherine Legge hit me from behind and severely damaged my diffusor. Afterwards the car was out of balance. Also our pit stops were not perfect. I will put this race behind me and look forward to Brands Hatch.“
Paul Di Resta (2009 AMG Mercedes C-Class), retired due to an accident after losing his rear wing: “I started quite well and ran in sixth place like in qualifying. Then all of a sudden the rear wing blade got detached and I went off at turn one – that was it.”
Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: “Three of our four new cars were damaged during incidents on the opening lap – considering this we have to be happy that five of our eight cars finished in positions five to nine. The positive point is that we now lost our additional weight which will help us in the next race at Brands Hatch in three weeks time. All in all we were too slow here and not capable of winning and this has to change again.”
Source: Daimler AG
Bilder: Daimler AG