Paffett wins and takes Championship lead | DTM
2005-08-28 17:23:30

Paffett wins and takes Championship lead

Paffett wins and takes Championship lead

The DTM thriller continues. At Zandvoort, Netherlands, the 24-year old British AMG-Mercedes C-Class driver Gary Paffett won the 2005 season’s eighth DTM round to regain the championship lead, with his closest championship rival Mattias Ekström finishing second, in his Audi A4 DTM. Behind the wheel of his Opel Vectra GTS V8, Heinz-Harald Frentzen finished third, thus securing his second podium finish in 2005.

The Race

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Weather conditions
Air temperature: 21.5 °C
Track temperature: 25.4 °C

14.01 Schneider leads the 20 DTM cars into the formation lap
Start Schneider wins the start, Frentzen second ahead of Ekström. Green misses the start
Lap 1 Aiello off the track, continues
Lap 2 Current order: Schneider, Frentzen, Ekström, Fässler, Paffett, Abt, Stippler, McNish, Kristensen, Reuter. Paffett overtakes Fässler for 4th place
Lap 3 Alesi brakes late in a battle with Margaritis and Aiello, slides off the track into the crash barriers
Lap 4Paffett just 0.3 seconds behind Ekström
Lap 5 Schneider 2.1 seconds ahead of Frentzen
Lap 6 Tomczyk overtakes Reuter for 10th place. Paffett, Fässler, Abt and Reuter pit
Lap 7 Schneider, Stippler, McNish, Aiello come in. Frentzen the new race leader, ahead of Ekström
Lap 8 Häkkinen and Kaffer pit
Lap 9 Green in for his first stop.
Lap 10 Reuter and Häkkinen collide, both cars continue. Spengler and Mücke pit
Lap 12 Current order: Frentzen, Ekström, Kristensen, Tomczyk, Capello, Schneider, Paffett, Margaritis, Fässler, Abt
Lap 13 Drive-thru penalty for pushing another car for Reuter. Reuter into the pits
Lap 14 Stippler retires following a collision with Aiello on track with broken suspension. Tomczyk, Margaritis, Stippler into the pits
Lap 15 Schneider brakes late into first corner and hits Capello, who spins. Paffett passes both drivers. Kristensen into the pits
Lap 16 Frentzen into the pits
Lap 17 Frentzen rejoins the race ahead of Schneider. Drive-thru penalty for pushing another car for Aiello and Schneider. Spengler into the pits
Lap 18 Schneider and Aiello come in for their penalty. Häkkinen, McNish, Capello in for their regular stops
Lap 19 Ekström, Fässler, Green, Reuter into the pits. Mücke off the track, retires
Lap 20 Ekström hits Abt. Paffett, Abt, Schneider into the pits
Lap 21 Aiello into the pits
Lap 22 Kaffer, Margaritis into the pits
Lap 23 Capello pits and retires. Frentzen comes in for his second regular stop
Lap 24 Frentzen back on track in 5th place, ahead of Fässler
Lap 25 Current order: Kristensen, Tomczyk, Paffett, Ekström, Frentzen, Fässler, Green, Spengler, Abt, Schneider. Tomczyk pits.
Lap 27 Kristensen comes in. Paffett takes the lead, ahead of Ekström and Frentzen. Reuter retires
Lap 31 Kristensen attacks Fässler for 4th place, McNish pits and retires
Lap 36 Paffett 10.4 seconds ahead of Ekström
Finish Paffett wins ahead of Ekström, Frentzen third. Kristensen passes Fässler in final corner for 4th place. Tomczyk, Green and Schneider complete the top eight.

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