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Bromley racer Gary Paffett flies to DTM victory at Zandvoort

Monday, August 23 2010

Ahead of his home round at Brands Hatch on 5 September, Bromley racer Gary Paffett scored a commanding victory in the DTM German Touring Car Championship at Zandvoort last Sunday (22 August).

The Mercedes racer passed pole-sitter Timo Scheider off the start line after his Audi rival stalled on the grid - his slow getaway demoting him to tenth place although he mounted an impressive recovery drive to clinch third place at the chequered flag and his first podium finish of the season.

The result, however, remains provisional after it was discovered after the race that a mandatory bar code was missing from one of Scheiders tyres.

Paffett was followed through by fellow Briton Paul di Resta and the pair stormed away to secure a 1-2 finish for Mercedes.

Audis Mattias Ekstrom finished in fourth position following a race-long tussle with team-mate Miguel Molina, whilst third Audi driver Oliver Jarvis led a queue of cars home in sixth position.

After a tense battle with podium finisher Scheider, Mercedes Bruno Spengler recovered from a poor pit stop to take seventh place following a bullish overtaking manoeuvre on the Audi of Mike Rockenfeller, which resulted in the latter spinning off.

Rockenfellers misfortune allowed Martin Tomczyk through into eighth position, whilst Mercedes pairing Ralf Schumacher and Jamie green rounded out the top ten.

Former F1 driver David Coulthard scored a solid twelfth place finish ahead of his return to UK racing at Brands Hatch in less than two weeks time.

DTM, Zandvoort, result:
1. Gary Paffett (2009 Mercedes C Class), 2h07m04.346s
2. Paul di Resta (2009 Mercedes C Class), +0.396s
3. Timo Scheider (2009 Audi A4 DTM), + 12.238s
4. Mattias Ekstrom (2009 Audi A4 DTM), + 18.659s
5. Miguel Molina (2008 Audi A4 DTM), + 19.310s
6. Oliver Jarvis (2009 Audi A4 DTM), + 20.568s
7. Bruno Spengler (2009 Mercedes C Class), + 20.886s
8. Martin Tomczyk (2009 Audi A4 DTM), + 21.706s
9. Ralf Schumacher (2009 Mercedes C Class), +22.113s
10. Jamie Green (2008 Mercedes C Class), +22.880s

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