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Paffett ready and prepared for Moscow

Posted 19th July 2017

After his accident in race two at the Norisring at the start of the month, Gary Paffett is fully fit for the fifth round of the DTM season at the Moscow Raceway.

Following his big crash in the second race at the Norisring, Gary has escaped injury and has been given the all clear to race this weekend. His car, however, did not have the same fortune and has been given a new chassis for Moscow while his is repaired.

Before his crash at the Norisring, Gary was the only driver to score points in every race this season, totalling 55 points from eight races. The Fitbit-sponsored driver now occupies 7th in the Drivers’ Standings but is only 34 points behind championship leader, Mattias Ekstrom.

The Moscow Raceway, located 80 kilometres northwest of Moscow, hosts the fifth round of the DTM season and the fifth race weekend at the Russian track since it was added to the DTM schedule back in 2013. The 3.931 kilometres track played host to a dominating Mercedes performance in race one last year with a 1-2-3-4 finish in Saturday’s race; a race Gary started from pole and converted to a third-place finish.

Gary feels fortunate to be racing this weekend and after his pole position last year, he heads into the weekend confident of a good performance in Moscow.

"I've been really lucky to come out of the crash at Norisring without any serious injury. I feel good and strong, and I'm working as hard as ever to make sure I have a good result in Moscow. The guys have done an incredible job getting another chassis ready for me for Moscow, because mine is not in great shape and it will take a long time to repair. Obviously, it wasn't the best weekend at Norisring, but we are really prepared for Moscow. I'm looking forward to what will hopefully be a good weekend. I like the track and had pole position there last year."

Ulrich Fritz, Head of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM, wants to repeat Mercedes’ dominant performance from last year.

"In Moscow, we've seen just about everything in recent years. The highlight so far was surely our amazing 1-2-3-4 finish last year. Unfortunately, though, we've never been consistently strong there, with each good result being followed by a disappointment. We are working hard to cut a fine figure in both races and to maintain our prospects in all the championships at this halfway point in the season. I'm also hopeful that we can build on our performance of the previous weekend and lay on some spectacular racing again. We can obviously do without an accident such as the one that happened to us at the Norisring, but I would be very happy to see another finish like the one in the last race. And of course, with the same outcome for us."

Friday sees the first action on track at Moscow with free practice getting underway at 14:00 (BST). The weekend’s races are on Saturday at 13:45 and 12:45 on Sunday.

Round Five - Moscow (BST) 

Free Practice 1: 14:00 - 14:30

Free Practice 2: 08:50 - 09:20
Qualifying 1: 10:40 - 11:00
Race One: 13:43 - 14:38
Free Practice 3: 07:40 - 08:10
Qualifying 2: 09:30 - 09:50
Race 2: 12:48 - 13:43