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Gary Paffett prepares to race in Zandvoort

Posted 8th July 2015

The DTM season continues this weekend, with the fourth event of the year taking place in Zandvoort, Netherlands this coming weekend. Gary Paffett, driving with Mercedes-AM DTM Team ART, heads to the venue after a successful third round of racing in Norisring, where he scored a podium finish.

Since its debut season in 2001, the DTM championship has been contested 14 times at Circuit Park Zandvoort. Built to fit in with the natural terrain, the track is 4,307 metres in length and consists of nine right-hand turns and four left-handers. There are several uphill and downhill sections as well as challenging combinations of corners, some of them rated as 'hair-raising'. With the proximity to the beach, sand is often blown onto the surface, which impairs grip.

Gary previews the weekend saying, "Obviously I'm looking forward to being at Zandvoort. I've won there three times, so it's a good circuit for me. Zandvoort is a great challenge. It is a tough old-school circuit. You are punished for every mistake you make. We always have a great atmosphere at the track. The crowd there are great, and looking at the weather forecast, we should have a nice, sunny enjoyable weekend.”

He adds, “Performance-wise, it will definitely not be as easy as on the Norisring. It's going to be tough, and we will have to work pretty hard to get a result, but I'm really looking forward to it."

Gary currently lies seventh in the DTM Drivers Championship, with two podium finishes so far this year and three points finishes. EURONICS/BWT Mercedes-AMG is lying sixth in the Teams Championship and Mercedes-Benz is in second place in the Manufacturers Championship.

The race weekend starts on Friday 10th July with practice sessions. Further practice sessions on Saturday morning take place ahead of qualifying for the first race and the first of the two races which starts at 17.00 local time. Sunday morning qualifying for the second race takes place ahead of the final race of the weekend, which starts at 13.15 local time.