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David Coulthard set to extend DTM stay into 2011

Friday, August 13 2010

DTM and ex-F1 star David Coulthard is set to stay in the series for a second year after steady improvements in recent races have seen him break into the top 10.

The progress has been a welcome boost ahead of his home round at Brands Hatch on September 3-5, where he will join fellow Britons Oliver Jarvis, Paul Di Resta, Jamie Green, Susie Stoddart, Katherine Legge and ex-champion Gary Paffett at the Kent circuit.

"We'll have talks at the end of August or start of September," Coulthard told Autosport Magazine.

"I'm feeling positive, I'm very happy here and if there's an opportunity, I will explore it."

The Scotsman started and finished tenth at the last round at the Nürburgring, and is pleased with the improvement he has demonstrated this season.

"If you look back to the first race at Hockenheim, I was clearly the slowest Mercedes, but Im making progress and I'm not the slowest any more."

Coulthard is enjoying the more relaxed DTM paddock, adding that he is happy to be racing again.

"I don't want to get in the way of anyone elses career, I've had my career and this is just a present from Mercedes. I take it seriously but I just want to enjoy it."

Mercedes boss Norbert Haug is convinced that Coulthard can shine at Brands Hatch and in the future.

"The speed is there - he's thoroughly good in a DTM car - and he's called me to tell me how good he feels in his surroundings. I would love him to stay next year; he's a big star and a nice guy, and a magnet for the spectators."

Brands Hatch will host the only UK round of the DTM German Touring Car Championship on 3/4/5 September. Tickets are now on sale from £25 for adults, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0870 950 9000 or click on the link below.