High Five: Gary Paffett wins ahead of Paul Di Resta, Bruno Spengler, Jamie Green, Ralf Schumacher.


Gary Paffett (2009 Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) winner: “I am really happy and I thank my team for our great performance today. It was a tough and long race, but the fight with Mattias Ekström was always fun. It’s great that I reduced the gap behind Timo Scheider from 14 to seven points. Hockenheim will be again an exciting race and even with the chances of an underdog I don’t give up.”

Paul Di Resta (2009 AMG Mercedes C-Class) second: “A great race for me and for the entire Mercedes-Benz team. The C-Class was perfect and we achieved the optimum result.”

Bruno Spengler (2009 Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class) third: “To start from pole and finish third is not the perfect result; however, my car suffered from oversteer and therefore I wasn’t able to drive faster. Under these circumstances I am still happy with my third podium finish of the year. Congratulations to Gary on his victory – we will now see an exciting showdown in Hockenheim.”

Jamie Green (2008 Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Class) fourth: “A fantastic race for me. To finish fourth with a last year’s car is a good result and the quintuple is a great achievement for Mercedes-Benz. I am proud to be part of it”

Ralf Schumacher (2009 Trilux AMG Mercedes C-Class) fifth: “I am happy about my best DTM result and thank my team for their great job. My car ran perfectly throughout the weekend. It’s great for Gary and everybody at Mercedes-Benz, that the championship will remain open until the final race at Hockenheim.”
Mathias Lauda (2008 stern AMG Mercedes C-Class) eighth: “I had four top-ten results this year and today I finally scored a point. I am satisfied, this was a super weekend for me.”

Maro Engel (2008 GQ AMG Mercedes C-Class) 12th: “I started very well and was already third when I was pushed to the dirty side at the first corner; I went wide and lost several positions. Due to this incident, I unfortunately missed the optimum balance and the speed I had in yesterday’s qualifying. In the end, points were possible but when we fought for positions, Alexandre Prémat hit me and I lost some places.”
Susie Stoddart (2008 TV-Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Class) 14th: “I had a good speed; however, Katherine Legge blocked me for three laps although she was already one lap behind. That ruined my race; what a shame.”

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: “What a race and what a victory. Here in Dijon our C-Class was the “tyre whisperer” and this was the reason for Gary’s race win and the quintuple victory for Mercedes-Benz. Gary won the third time this year and the C-Class for the fifth time in nine races. We now look forward to an exciting finale at Hockenheim in two weeks time; for the third consecutive time the championship will be decided there. With a gap of seven points and an extra weight of 10 kilograms after today’s win, the odds for Gary are not the best, but a chance is there at least for the spectators in Hockenheim and the TV viewers.”

Source: Daimler AG