Second race, second victory at Brands Hatch.Following Daniel Juncadella’s maiden victory on Saturday, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport secured a one-two win on Sunday. Paul Di Resta won his home race at Brands Hatch from championship leader Gary Paffett.
This was the team’s fifth one-two win this season and the 109th in the brand’s 30-year DTM history. Paul finished on the top rung of the podium at Brands Hatch for the third time after taking wins there in 2009 and 2010. This was his second victory of the season and the tenth overall in his DTM career. Gary in second place rounded off a successful weekend for the team, securing his 45th DTM podium and seventh so far this season.
The team continued their winning streak this weekend at Brands Hatch. The Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM has taken at least one win at each of the six racetracks this year. From this season’s first twelve races, the brand with the three-pointed star has secured eight victories and 21 podium finishes, including five one-two wins. Paul’s success was the sixth win for a Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM driver at the old-established Brands Hatch circuit and the team’s 189th victory overall in the DTM.
Four Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM drivers qualified in the Top Five in the second qualifying session on Sunday morning. Gary secured his fourth pole position of the season, the 16th of his DTM career. For the brand with the three-pointed star, this was the sixth pole at Brands Hatch, the tenth in the twelfth race of the 2018 season and eighth in a row – a new DTM record. All in all, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM drivers have started 136 times from pole position in the past 30 years.
Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS) in P4 and Lucas Auer (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport) in P8 also achieved points-scoring finishes. Daniel Juncadella (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS), who took his maiden win in the DTM with his success in the first race of the weekend on Saturday, crossed the finishing line in ninth place just behind them. Edoardo Mortara (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport) finished the twelfth race of the season in 17th position.
Mercedes-AMG Motorsport continue to lead the drivers’, team and constructors’ championships after the sixth of ten race weekends. In the drivers’ standings, Gary is on 177 points and has a 29-point lead on today’s winner, Paul (148 points). In the team classification, three Mercedes teams occupy the top three places: Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS (261 points) lead from SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport (211 points) and Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS (205 points). In the constructors’ championship, Mercedes-AMG (677 points) are 273 points up on BMW (404 points).
The next race weekend: From Brands Hatch, DTM drivers and teams will head next to Misano’s World Circuit Marco Simoncelli for the seventh race weekend of the 2018 DTM season (24th – 26th August).
Source: Mercedes-AMG DTM