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Gary Paffett heads to Hockenheim for DTM finale

Posted 16th October 2015

It is the final two rounds of the 2015 DTM season at the Hockenheimring for MB Partners Driver Gary Paffett and and a home race for his EURONICS/BWT Mercedes-AMG team this weekend.

The 4,574-metre Hockenheimring is traditionally the venue for the first and last race weekend of the DTM season. With cars reaching speeds of up to 270km/h, the Parabolica to hairpin section is the fastest of the entire year. 64 percent of a lap is driven at full throttle.

The first race on Saturday (starts at 13:30 CEST, live coverage on ARD from 13:00) has a duration of 40 minutes plus one lap. The second race on Sunday (starts at 15:15 CEST, live coverage on ARD from 15:00) lasts 60 minutes plus one lap. There is a mandatory pit stop in the second race.

Gary Paffett, driving in the number 2 EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM car, said: "I have mixed emotions going into Hockenheim. I'm obviously looking forward to the weekend because, based on our recent form, we should have a competitive car. Hopefully we can go there and score some good points so that we finish the season on a high. It is the end of the season, and I think ART and myself have been working really well. We're just getting to the point where we want to be, and that's to be competitive. In that regard, it's a bit disappointing that the season is coming to an end now. But I think we can build on that over the winter and go from there."

Ulrich Fritz, Head of Mercedes-AMG DTM, added: “The race weekend at Hockenheim represents the climax of an action-packed and exciting season. The whole team has delivered an outstanding performance so far. We now need to maintain this form in the last two races, so that we come away with a tangible reward. We are in an excellent position to win titles in both the drivers' and the team championships. And we are still in with a chance in the manufacturers' championship. Because Hockenheim counts as our home race, we traditionally have the support of many fans and employees. Every seat in the Mercedes-Benz grandstand will certainly be taken. I am very happy about this, because after all, it's for the fans that we race our cars. I'm certainly hoping that we will give them good cause for cheer this weekend. But until then, we still have plenty of work to do.

Formula 1 Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg is determined not to miss out on the grand finale to the DTM season at Hockenheim and will be putting in a guest appearance at the ninth and last race event of the campaign on Sunday.