Dramatic end to race in Zandvoort: Robert Wickens loses overall lead following puncture. Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) kicked off the second half of the 2016 DTM season with second place at Zandvoort. This was Paffett’s first podium of the year after previously winning three times at Zandvoort.
The winner of Saturday’s race, Robert Wickens (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM), was in second place until just before the finish. P2 would have given him the overall lead in the drivers’ standings, but the closing stages of his race were filled with drama when he had a puncture, losing many places as a result. He crossed the finish line in P16 after making an extra pit stop. A similar fate befell Mercedes-AMG DTM team-mate Christian Vietoris (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM), who was forced to retire.
Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and Lucas Auer (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) finished eighth and ninth respectively. Daniel Juncadella (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) came home in twelfth place. DTM rookie Esteban Ocon (FREE MEN’S WORLD Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) crossed the finish line in P18. Maximilian Götz (Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM) retired 20 minutes before the end.
The next race weekend: The DTM will take a short summer break after this weekend in Zandvoort which marks the season mid-point. The next two races will take place at the Moscow Raceway, 19th-21st August.
Gary Paffett: “This has been a great weekend for me – without a doubt the best so far this season. My car was absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately, Robert and Christian dropped back or retired towards the end. Up to that point, it had been looking like a very strong team performance from us. Our car was perfectly set up. If we can get that right again in Moscow, we are in with a chance of further podium finishes. The season so far has been one of ups and downs, but the championship is still wide open and there is everything to play for.”
Source: Mercedes-AMG DTM