Paffett wins, Ekström secures second place | DTM
2005-06-26 16:49:03

Paffett wins, Ekström secures second place

Paffett wins, Ekström secures second place

The battle for the championship is closer than ever. At the MOTOPARK Oschersleben, Briton Gary Paffett won the DTM season’s fifth round with his AMG-Mercedes C-Class, thus reducing the lead of championship leader Mattias Ekström (Audi A4 DTM), who finished second, to just one point. Third placed Jamie Green (Mercedes-Benz) gained his maiden DTM podium finish. An extensive press release with quotes of the drivers and the Motorsport Directors will follow soon.

Start Kristensen in problems, drops back to 19th position. Green takes the lead, enters turn one ahead of Tomczyk, Paffett and Aiello.
Lap 2 Paffett attacks and passes second placed Tomczyk.
Lap 3 Aiello continues with his passenger door having opened. Jamie Green increases his lead.
Lap 5 The situation prior to the first set of pit stops: Green leads, followed by Paffett, Tomczyk, Aiello, Ekström, McNish, Stippler, Fässler, Frentzen and Schneider.
Lap 6 Fässler, Schneider, Mücke, Capello, Abt, Alesi and Reuter make their first obligatory pit stops.
Lap 7 Mika Häkkinen pits and is in problems: his left rear wheel wasn’t properly fixed and got lose when he wanted to rejoin the race. The Finn loses valuable seconds.
Lap 8 Ekström passes Aiello in the ‘Hotel-Kurve’ for fourth place.
Lap 9 Häkkinen spectacularly goes off in the ‘Triple-Kurve’ and has to retire.
Lap 11Jamie Green pits from the lead, with Paffett also coming in for his stop. After the stops, Paffett passes Green for the lead.
Lap 15Aiello and Spengler pit.
Lap 16Frentzen and Kaffer in for their first stops.
Lap 17Drive-Thru penalty for Alex Margaritis for pit-lane speeding.
Lap 18Margaritis comes in for his Drive-Thru penalty.
Lap 19Mattias Ekström also pits. Jean Alesi makes his second obligatory stop.
Lap 20Stippler pits from sixth position. Schneider also enters the pits.
Lap 21Kristensen in for his first stop, Fässler for his second.
Lap 22Allan McNish pits from the lead.
Lap 23All the drivers have made at least one stop. Gary Paffett holds the lead, followed by Jamie Green, Martin Tomczyk and Mattias Ekström.
Lap 24At the exit of the ‘Hasseröder-Kurve’, Ekström passes his team-mate, Tomczyk, to take third place behind Green and Paffett. Abt and Reuter pit.
Lap 25Ekström closes in on Green. Tomczyk pits.
Lap 27Ekström keeps on pressurising Green. Stippler and Frentzen pit.
Lap 28Paffett increases his lead, has opened a 4.3 second gap on his closest chasers.
Lap 29Tomczyk passes Spengler for seventh position.
Lap 30Kristensen passes McNish to take fourth place.
Lap 31Green makes a mistake in ‘Turn 4’, with Ekström using the opportunity to pass him for second place. Green pits.
Lap 32Martin Tomczyk suffers a suspension failure, goes off into the gravel but succeeds in returning to the pits. Second placed Ekström pits for the second time. Kristensen also pits.
Lap 33Margaritis and Tomczyk come in. Tomczyk retires.
Lap 34The leader, Gary Paffett, makes his final pit stop. McNish also pits.
Lap 35Aiello and Spengler make their next pit stops.
Lap 36Kristensen (5th) and Schneider (4th) are involved in a thrilling battle for fourth place.
Lap 39Ekström continuously reduces the gap to Gary Paffett, lies now just 1.8 seconds behind the leader
Lap 42The battle for fourth position continues. Again and again, Kristensen pressurises Schneider but doesn’t find a way to pass him.
FinishGary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz) wins the fifth round of the season, with Mattias Ekström (Audi) und Jamie Green (Mercedes-Benz) finishing second and third respectively. The other points are scored by Bernd Schneider, Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish, Laurent Aiello and Marcel Fässler.

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