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Long weekend for Paffett at Lausitzring

Posted 15th September 2014

LONDON – 15th September 2014 – The 2014 DTM round at Lausitzring last weekend was a tough drive for 2013 race winner, Gary Paffett.
With only three races to go before the end of the season, Lausitzring was to be the circuit that would potentially witness the crowning of the 2014 Driver Champion as Marco Wittmann had a 64 point lead and was hoping this would be his chance to snatch victory.  It was also the first time in 20 years that race fans would get to watch both cars and motorbikes at the same event as SUPERBIKE*IDM was holding its penultimate round of the 2014 championship on the same weekend.
Qualifying took place Saturday afternoon in slightly damp conditions.  Paffett was happy with the car and managed to secure fifth place, setting the fastest lap time in the first sector, but a few mistakes in Q3 meant he had to settle for P8 for Sundays race.  Fellow Mercedes driver Pascal Wehrlein took his maiden pole of the season to start from front row of the grid.
“Qualifying in general was very good” said Paffett; “In these damp conditions, the car was working well. In Q2, I was in P5 and did a purple in the first sector, so I was pretty happy with the car. But unfortunately in Q3, I made a couple of small mistakes which meant that I didn’t make the most of the session. But in general, qualifying went well. Getting into Q3 is a big step forward and gives us a decent chance to have a good race.”
Paffett and the majority of drivers were starting the race on the Hankook rain tyre and after the strong performance of the EURONICS Mercedes AMG C-Coupé in qualifying, Gary was feeling confident for the race.  Unfortunately, a poor start saw him drop a few places and then a collision with Audi driver, Nico Müller, on lap three saw Paffett spin off the circuit and it was then a battle to try and remain in the top ten.  Although no damage was done to the car, the incident cost Paffett too much time and he had to settle for P13 in the race.
A disappointed Paffett had this to say after the race; “I got a bad start and lost a lot of positions through wheelspin. Müller hit me from behind on lap three. From then on, I was at the back of the field. My pace was OK, but you’ve no chance of scoring any points when you’ve been taken out by another driver.”
Wittman only finished sixth in the race but this was enough to secure him the 2014 DTM Drivers Championship.  The battle for second place now moves to the penultimate round of the season at Zandvoort on the 28th September.