Paul Di Resta wins the first night race in DTM history. This was his third win of the season and the ninth so far this year for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport. Competing in his home race, local driver Edoardo Mortara in third place ensured a double podium for the team.
The team set a new record early on in qualifying by putting a Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM in pole position in this 13th race of the season for the eleventh time this year. No other brand has ever taken more poles in a single DTM season than Mercedes-AMG. Until now, the record, set in the 1994 season, stood at ten poles (also achieved by the brand with the three-pointed star). In addition, for the ninth time in a row, a Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM driver, Paul Di Resta, started the race from pole, which is also a new record. At Misano, the Scot secured the team’s 137th DTM pole and their 190th victory in its 30-year history of contesting the DTM. After 13 races so far this season, Paul is the only driver in the field, who has taken points from every race apart from one.
Pascal Wehrlein finished the first race at Misano in sixth place. Daniel Juncadella retired shortly before the end of the race. For Lucas Auer, the first DTM night race also ended with a retirement after a contact. Current championship leader Gary Paffett was forced to retire with his steering broken after some fifteen minutes of racing following a contact.
Gary is now on 177 points and still leads the drivers’ standings after this season’s 13 races. Paul (176 points) has reduced the gap on his team-mate to just one point with his win. In the team classification, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS (269 points) are in first place followed by Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS (233 points) and SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport (228 points). Mercedes-AMG (730 points) continue to lead the manufacturers’ championship by 314 points from BMW (416 points).
Paul Di Resta:“This has been a perfect day for me. Obviously, I’m extremely happy about it. You really can’t ask for more. The championship is wide open, and ultimately it will be consistency that decides. Today, it was important for me to qualify on pole. But tomorrow is another day. Once again, my objective will be to secure pole and win the race. But that’s easier said than done in the DTM. Consequently, it will be important to maintain my run of points and podium finishes. That counts for a lot in the DTM.”