News: General

Paffett seeks Norisring podium

Posted 28th June 2017

Gary Paffett looks to continue his six-race point-scoring streak as he prepares for the fourth round of the DTM season at the Norisring, the calendar’s only street circuit and a track Gary has won at twice before.

Gary, one of only two drivers to score in every race this season, heads to Nuremburg looking to build on his 5th place in Drivers’ Standings and add to his tally of 54 points.

Now a third of the way through the 2017 campaign, the DTM moves onto the iconic Norisring – a track that is a huge favourite amongst the drivers and the fans. The track, with its bumps, long straights and very tight corners, has been a permanent fixture on the DTM calendar since the series was launch back in 1984. Being the only street circuit on the calendar, fans are able to get closer to the action than any other track and the atmosphere around the paddock is like no other.

Historically a good weekend for Mercedes, the brand with the three-pointed star is the most successful manufacturer to date with 18 wins around the streets of Nuremburg. After the team’s long-standing winning streak at the Norisring was broken last year, the team heads there looking to make up for last year’s disappointment and get back to winning ways this time round.

Gary heads to the Norisring with his eyes set on reaching the podium this weekend.

"I'm looking forward to the Norisring. It's one of the highlights of the season, and I've won there a couple of times already. For most drivers, it's one of their favourite race weekends of the year, and Mercedes have had some excellent races there. I now want to extend my run of points-scoring finishes and, hopefully, post a couple of really strong results. I'll try to get onto the podium and move myself a bit further up in the championship as a result."

Ulrich Fritz, Head of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM, wants to see Mercedes return to winning ways at the Norisring.  

"After our long-standing winning streak at the Norisring was unfortunately broken last year - shall we say, a little ingloriously - we intend to lay the foundations for another run of wins at the weekend. Of course, we can't yet be 100% certain that our new car will be in complete harmony with the track, but we know that our drivers are fast across the board at the Norisring. The DTM is incredibly close this year, and every manufacturer has circuits where they traditionally do better and on which they want to score really well. The Norisring definitely fits that bill for us." 

Action on track begins on Friday 30th June with free practice at 16:00 (BST), followed by the weekend’s races on Saturday at 12:30 and Sunday at 16:30.

DTM Round Four - Norisring

Free Practice 1: 16:00

Free Practice 2: 07:45
Qualifying 1: 10:20
Race 1: 12:28

Free Practice 3: 10:10
Qualifying 2: 13:00
Race 2: 16:23