Thrilling charge in the second DTM race of the season at Hockenheim: Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) moved 20 places up the field during the one-hour race to secure the 33rd podium of his DTM career. The 2005 champion had qualified eighth but was relegated to P23 for a rule violation. From there, he went on a spectacular charge, gaining 20 places in the tricky weather conditions, helped in part by coming in early to change to wet weather tyres.
After the double podium secured by Pascal Wehrlein (gooix Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) in the first race on Saturday, the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team claimed a third Top Three finish of the weekend. No fewer than 75,000 fans came through the gates this weekend to watch the first two rounds of the 2015 DTM campaign.
Robert Wickens (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and Wehrlein placed seventh and eighth respectively in a thrilling rain-affected race to finish in the top eight. Christian Vietoris (Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) came home in eleventh place. Daniel Juncadella (PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) crossed the finish line in P15, while Maximilian Götz (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) took the chequered flag in P16. Paul Di Resta was 22nd in this second race of the season. Austrian driver Lucas Auer (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) was unable to take part in the second race after skidding off track on the way to the starting grid.
The next race: DTM moves on from Hockenheim to the Lausitzring for the second race weekend of the season (May 29th-30th). As is usual this season, two races will again be staged at the 3.478 km Lausitzring.
Gary Paffett: “What a race that was! The weekend was a roller-coaster. Obviously I was feeling disappointed after the first race yesterday and the second qualifying session today. We had a really good car this weekend that was unbelievably fast in the rain. In these conditions, it’s very easy to make mistakes. But the team did a fantastic job, and the race went perfectly for me. After this difficult opening weekend, it’s great to be back on the podium. The switch to rain tyres worked beautifully, and our strategy paid off in the end. I’ve never before been so happy about a third place as I am today. A big thank you to my team. The crew did a great job and have thoroughly deserved this result. Thanks, guys!”
Source: Mercedes AMG DTM