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Tough weekend for Gary Paffett in Oschersleben

Posted 14th September 2015

MB Partners driver Gary Paffett had a difficult weekend at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, racing in Round Seven and races 13 and 14 of the season of the DTM Championship, retiring and finishing P13 respectively.  

In the first race of the weekend, Gary qualified in P11 for his team EURONICS/BWT Mercedes-AMG in the number two car EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM, but retired following contacts with other vehicles. Gary Paffett commented of the incident: "It was very close on the first lap. I was hemmed in by Mortara and lost some aerodynamic parts through contacts with other vehicles. After that, I struggled with my car and got a problem with the steering a few laps later”  

Gary was able to race on Sunday in Race Two as damage to his car on Saturday was mainly superficial. Starting from the grid in P11, he crossed the finish line in P13. After the race, Gary Paffett said: "Obviously, starting from P11 was always going to be tricky, plus, I was really unlucky at the start. Molina spun in front of me and I had to go off track into the gravel to avoid him - that's why I lost a lot of positions. Then Mortara locked up and took me out of the race once more. I again lost a lot of positions as a result."

Ulrich Fritz, Head of Mercedes-AMG DTM, added:"That was a disappointing race for us - one we'd already lost at the start. After a solid qualifying, none of our drivers who had qualified in the Top Ten were able to gain position. Oschersleben is a track where it's extremely difficult to overtake. We saw the proof of that again today. Also, two drivers in promising positions - Christian Vietoris and Gary Paffett - lost ground directly as a result of the collision at the start, and their vehicles were so badly damaged that they were off the pace in the race.”

Gary remains with 75 championship points and currently places seventh in the drivers’ standings. The penultimate race weekend of the 2015 DTM season will be staged September 25-27 at the Nürburgring.