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Gary Paffett heads to iconic Nurburgring for penultimate DTM weekend

Posted 25th September 2015

MB Partners driver Gary Paffett heads to the Nürburgring with his Mercedes-AMG DTM Team ART to contest Races 15 and 16 of the 2015 DTM season from 25 – 27 September, remaining positive for a good result despite a difficult weekend last time out in Oschersleben.                                           

The penultimate race weekend will be held on the 3.639km long configuration of the Nürburgring as in previous years. Gary, in the EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM car number two, commented ahead of the weekend: “"Oschersleben was tough. In qualifying, we were midfield for both races, but then we got caught up in accidents, and we ended up not scoring any points. Also as a manufacturer, we weren't as good as we could have been. But obviously the penalty weight helped BMW quite a lot.”

He continues: “Going to the Nürburgring, things are a lot more even, so we're expecting a closer fight. I've been successful there in the past, and the Nürburgring is a circuit where we should be competitive. I'm looking forward to hopefully scoring some points in both races and maybe even getting onto the podium."

Ulrich Fritz, Head of Mercedes-AMG DTM, added: "We're going to the Eifel leading both the drivers' and team championships. It is obviously our intention to be still in this position on Monday and to extend our lead. But that won't be easy. I think the fans can expect tight races between all three manufacturers. In the light of that our entire team faces a big challenge that we are willing to accept. The weather up in the Eifel next weekend can also be an important factor at this time of year. But we are well prepared and hopefully able to cope with all conditions."

The first race on Saturday (starts 13:25 CEST, live coverage on ARD from 13:00 CEST) has a duration of 40 minutes plus one lap. The second race on Sunday (starts 13:35 CEST, live coverage on ARD from 13:20 CEST) has a duration of 60 minutes plus one lap. Race 2 includes a mandatory pit stop.

As the championship enters the business end of the season, this is the penultimate race before the championship returns to Hockenheim, Germany for the finale on the weekend of 18 October.