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Gary Paffett heads to Spielberg looking for podium finish

Posted 30th July 2015

The 2015 DTM season continues this weekend with Gary Paffett, driving for Mercedes-AMG DTM Team ART in the EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM in Rounds 9 and 10, being held at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. This fifth race weekend of the season marks the half way point of the DTM championship

Gary lies in 10th place in the Drivers Championship, yet just 44 points behind the leader and with 50 points on offer over the weekend, he is still in contention for the mid point lead.

The 4,326-metre Red Bull Ring is the second-longest circuit on the DTM calendar. It has three long straights and seven corners as well as many variations in track elevation. With its long straights and heavy braking zones, the Red Bull Ring demands a good all-round package.

Autograph sessions, a public pit walk, the appearance of DJ Enrico Ostendorf on Saturday and the air show of Red Bull Air-Race Champion Hannes Arch on Sunday add to the outstanding entertainment for the visitors. And ‘DTM-Markenwelt’, fan tents, a picnic meadow and the children world complete the extensive support programme.

 Gary said ahead of the weekend, "I am really looking forward to Spielberg. Zandvoort was encouraging and disappointing at the same time. The speed was there, but I didn't manage to get the result that we wanted. However, Spielberg should be a good circuit for us. Last year, the performance was there. Based on our recent form and speed, we can go to Austria looking to hopefully get on the podium."

 Ulrich Fritz, Head of Mercedes-AMG DTM, adds, "I think that the races at Spielberg will be another important indicator for us. We lead the team standings and are also well placed in the drivers' and manufacturers' championships. The objective for the coming weekend is to score the maximum number of points. Last year, we displayed good performance at the Red Bull Ring but didn't reap any reward because of penalties. So you could say that we have some unfinished business there."

 DTM track action starts at 15.10 on Friday 31st July with the first practice session, and continues on Saturday morning with final practice and qualifying before the first of the two races that takes place at 17.10 local time. On Sunday qualifying for the second race will be in the morning with the second of the races in the afternoon. For a full schedule visit www.DTM.com.