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Tough penultimate round for Paffett at Zandvoort

Posted 29th September 2014

London - 29th September 2014 - The ninth and penultimate round of the 2014 DTM Championship took to Zandvoort this weekend and although the title had been won, the battle was on for second place.
Paffett struggled with the car during the practice sessions Saturday morning but after some adjustments by the team, qualifying went well and he felt much more positive for the race after securing 11th place: “I’m slightly disappointed, but in general, I’m feeling happier than in recent races. We are better than we had expected. The car was really hard to drive this morning in practice, but the team did a great job before qualifying. The C-Coupé was nice to drive and predictable, which it wasn’t this morning, but I made a few small mistakes. The gaps are so very close. One tenth quicker and I’d have been in Q3. So I’m not displeased, but we want more.”
However, this was not the final order of the day and Paffett was to move up the grid one spot for the race on the Sunday following penalties given to the two Audi drivers, Edoardo Mortara and Mattias Ekström, as Q3 drew to a close.  Stewards discovered the front diffuser on Mortara's Audi was mounted too low and did not therefore comply with technical regulations which meant he lost his third place and had to start from the back of the grid.  Ekström, who qualified fourth, was penalised five places on the grid for obstructing Paffett on his flying lap in qualifying meaning Gary started his EURONICS Mercedes AMG C-Coupé from just inside the top ten.
Paffett was looking forward to putting his car through its paces and got off to good start Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, events throughout the race conspired against Paffett and his days were numbered when he came out of turn 8 too wide and hit the wall, forcing him to retire.  Despite the penalty, Ekstrom worked his way through the pack in the closing laps of the race to take the win, gaining the first victory for Audi this season.  Wittmann, 2014 Driver Champion, came in second.
“For the most part, it was a good race" said Paffett; "We had a good start and were fighting quite far to the front. I was quite happy on the option tyres. We pitted pretty early to try and jump the guys ahead. Initially, we looked OK on the prime tyres. The first safety car period was also good for us, but the subsequent ones cost us positions. Towards the end of the race, I had guys on options overtaking me. Then I had a battle with Pascal and lost some more time. Finally, I just ran wide out of Turn 8 and hit the wall pretty hard. It was a good race up to that point but obviously a very disappointing end.”
The final round of the 2014 championship will see a return to Hockenheimring on the 19th October.