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Paffett finishes DTM season in pole position and secures ninth in the driver standings
Posted 19th October 2015
MB Partners driver Gary Paffett finished the DTM season ninth in the drivers’ standings with 89 points this weekend, retiring from race one and starting race two on pole position to finish P9 at the final race weekend in Hockenheim.
The Mercedes-AMG DTM Team ART driver started race one from P12 but retired after two separate collisions. He said of the race: "I made a really good start. I got on the inside of Lucas [Auer] going down the straight before Turn 1. I don't know if someone shoved him, but he pushed me into the pit wall and damaged my car. After that, there was nothing I could do to defend myself against the other cars. Then Molina just took me out, which finished my race."
Gary, who has won four times in Hockenheim, started the second race of the weekend in pole position with a fastest lap time of 1:32.645 minutes. 34-year-old Paffett, in car EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM finished the race in P9.
Gary said: "I got off to a really good start from pole position and managed to pull out a bit of a lead on the first lap. But after that, I was simply struggling for grip. The car was sliding about a lot, which meant I wasn't able to match the other guys for pace. I think that we had problems getting the tyres up to temperature with it being so cool today. This season has had its ups and downs, but unfortunately there have been too many downs. We certainly had the potential, though. We now need to try and come back next year so we get the maximum out of the situation more often.
The Mercedes-AMG DTM Team has rounded off the season in style. After Pascal Wehrlein (gooix Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) wrapped up the drivers' title on Saturday, gooix/Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG claimed the top spot in the DTM team championship in Sunday's final race. Ulrich Fritz, Head of Mercedes-AMG DTM commented: "Congratulations to Team gooix/Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG on winning the team standings - another reason to celebrate after clinching the drivers' title yesterday.”
Gary will next be racing with his DTM team on 12th December, when Mercedes-Benz will be staging its traditional end of season Stars & Cars show at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart. Among the prominent guests will be Silver Arrows stars Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg as well as all eight drivers of the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team.