First win of the 2016 season for the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team in home race at Hockenheim: Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) won the second DTM race of the weekend in front of 78,500 spectators. This was the seventh win and 25th podium finish of the 2010 champion’s DTM career.
Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) lined up in P3 on the grid and was within striking distance of race leader Paul Di Resta after his pit stop. However, the 2005 champion was given a drive-through penalty for an ‘unsafe release’ on his pit stop. Paffett dropped out of the Top Ten and lost his chance of a battle with Di Resta and a possible podium. He then produced a strong performance to move back up the field to finish fifth.
After his second place in the first race on Saturday, Canadian Robert Wickens (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) achieved another points-scoring finish on Sunday. He crossed the finish line in P6 after 37 laps.
Maximilian Götz (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) ended the second race of the season in P13. The two Pink Panthers, Christian Vietoris and Lucas Auer, finished 15th and 16th respectively in their BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTMs. The Spaniard Daniel Juncadella (UBFS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) retired shortly before the end of the race.
The second DTM race for rookie Esteban Ocon (FREE MEN’S WORLD Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) ended after a collision with Bruno Spengler (BMW) and Jamie Green (Audi) shortly after the start. The Frenchman was hit by Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW) on the first lap and was then unable to avoid Spengler.
The next race weekend: Drivers and teams will head to Styria in Austria for the second race weekend of the 2016 DTM season. Races three and four will be staged at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on the weekend of 20th-22nd May.
Paul Di Resta: “It’s a long time since 2010 when I won my last DTM race here at Hockenheim – longer than I would have wished. But today, everything went great. We succeeded in controlling the race, and the car ran beautifully. Many thanks to my team for having given me this strongly performing car. The dedication shown by the guys is really impressive. That was an absolute top job by the team. They got no sleep last night and yet still managed to give me such a great car. This was their victory. I dedicate this win to my son Leo. He’s at the track for the first time and I rack up a win. What a great start to the season!”
Source: Mercedes-AMG DTM