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Paffett ready for highlight race

Posted 15th August 2017

Gary Paffett will compete in the sixth, and his favourite, round of the season at the Circuit Park Zandvoort, Holland, this weekend as the DTM heads outside of Germany for the third time this season.

Gary heads to Holland currently occupying 10th place in the Drivers’ Championship with 61 points to his name. Gary’s consistency, in one of the most competitive racing series in the world, has seen the Fitbit-sponsored driver collect points in 8 of the season’s 10 races.

‘Team Captain’ Gary Paffett has also assisted in helping Mercedes-Benz reach 341 points in the Manufacturers’’ Championship as the team currently sit in second place – just 80 points behind leaders Audi.

An ‘old school’ track, Zandvoort is an extremely demanding circuit on both man and machine with its tight and twisty nature featuring high speed sections but with a lot of slow, malicious sectors that make getting the perfect lap time all the more difficult. This year, however, the 2.64-mile long track has been resurfaced which will only add to the uncertainty as to which manufacturer will claim the spoils this weekend.

Gary’s record at the track is one of the most prolific in the series! Three wins and four trips to the podium, including a second-place last year, puts Gary as one of the favourites this weekend but will have to be at the top of his game as Mercedes head to the Zandvoort dunes with the heaviest cars on the grid.

Gary is looking forward to returning to action and to one of his favourite tracks.

"It's been a few weeks out of the car, and I'm looking forward to getting back behind the wheel. But also, with Zandvoort being probably my favourite circuit of the whole year, I just really like the big challenge. It's an 'old-school' circuit which is quite tight and very twisty. It doesn't have much run-off and there are some high-speed corners. I can't wait to get back on track there. It's been resurfaced this year, so it will be slightly different, but I'm still looking forward to the weekend, and hopefully we can get some really strong results." 

Ulrich Fritz, Head of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM, is confident in a good weekend for Mercedes.

"The first half of the season showed just how tight this year's DTM is turning out to be and, moreover, that absolutely anything can happen in a race. The best example of that must surely be Maro's sensational victory in Moscow. For us, Zandvoort is now race number one after we announced our exit from the DTM, and although the news was anything but pleasing for the team, our motivation still remains incredibly high. Although on paper, Audi look best placed in the battle for the championship right now, we are firmly convinced that we are still in with a shout. In Zandvoort, we now have the track that is the most challenging in terms of tyre wear. Proper tyre management is therefore going to be the key to success."

Track action in Holland starts on Friday with free practice commencing proceedings at 16:00 (BST). The weekend’s races are on Saturday and Sunday at 13:45 and 14:15 respectively.

#2 Gary Paffett (BST)

 

Friday

FP1: 16:00

Saturday

FP2: 08:45
Q1: 10:40
Race 1: 13:45 

Sunday

FP3: 07:50
Q2: 11:00
Race 2: 14:15