Gary Paffett claims his 22nd DTM race win at Lausitz
Gary Paffett has won the race at the Lausitzring on Sunday in a dominant way. The Mercedes-AMG driver, who started from third into the fourth of this season’s 20 races, already took the lead early in the race and held on to it until the chequered flag was out. For Paffett, it was the 22nd race win of his DTM career. “My heartbeat was really high, but not as high as at Hockenheim. This is an incredible start of this year. The season will be really thrilling,” race winner Paffett commented after the race. After 34 laps of the Lausitzring, BMW driver Marco Wittmann came second behind Paffett. DTM returnee Pascal Wehrlein completed the podium in third place.
Even though it wasn’t enough to clinch victory in the end, Marco Wittmann was happy with the result: “I had hoped to still close the gap to Gary. In the closing stages, he made some slight mistakes, but it wasn’t enough,” said Wittmann, who never scored a DTM podium finish at Lausitz before. DTM returnee Pascal Wehrlein was also happy with the outcome of the race. “I am doing better and better. It is going upward, into the right direction”, the 2015 DTM champion commented his third place.
Jamie Green showed remarkable progress with his Audi RS 5 DTM. The Brit had started from 16th place on the grid and took the chequered flag in sixth position. “That was cool,” he enthused after the race. “This result was very important for my self-confidence. But we still have a lot of work to do.” Having started from the last row, he already headed into the pits for his mandatory stop at the end of the opening lap. “Yes, it was a risk, but it paid off. The tyres lasted very well.”
In the drivers’ standings, Timo Glock remains in the lead with 72 points after finishing fifth in today’s race. “That was all I could to today, we have to be happy with his result,” Glock said. The BMW driver is one point ahead of Gary Paffett (71 points) prior to the event in Budapest. Pascal Wehrlein (39 points) is third in the standings. At the Hungaroring near the Hungarian capital of Budapest, the fifth and sixth race of the season will be held from 1-3 June, 2018.