The statistics speak in favour of Paffett
Will he be adding the next chapter? Gary Paffett has a wide grin on his face when asked about his success story at the Lausitzring. The Brit managed to win there in 2005, 2009 and 2013. So, logically, it would be his turn again in 2017. “That would be perfect,” the Mercedes-AMG driver says. And even more so as he will be competing in his 150th DTM race on Saturday. It would be difficult to imagine a better script for that story.
“My point score on the first weekend was very good. The car is competitive and we have a good chance of having another good weekend,” the second-placed in the drivers’ standings says. He has fond memories of his victory in 2013. “When we came here, we were having a difficult spell in the season. That was the best car I have ever driven.”
The opposition from BMW and Audi wants to prevent him from continuing his success story. First and foremost Audi’s Jamie Green, who is tied with Paffett at 26 points. “I was very happy. Scoring a victory on the first weekend straight away and mastering the race on Sunday in the rain in such difficult conditions, that is something I am very proud of. The Lausitzring is a very challenging, technical track with slow corners where I have raced often. I hope that I can keep up the good results,” the Brit says.
For Timo Glock and BMW, on the other hand, the Lausitzring wasn’t a good venue in the past few years. The 35-year-old never finished any better than seventh at the track in Brandenburg. A record that leaves some room for improvement. “For BMW, things weren’t looking too good here recently. Admittedly, Bruno Spengler won the race here back in 2012, but we have been struggling ever since,” Glock admits. Last year, the BMW driver was on the second row of the grid for the second race at the tri-oval. However, he lost one and a half seconds during the pit stop as a wheel got stuck and he had to rejoin the race amidst the traffic on the track. Moreover, the adaptation of the tyre pressure turned out to be too aggressive and the tyres degraded over the distance. Glock ended up tenth. “Now, we have a new season, a new car and new tyres. The start at Hockenheim was very positive. Therefore, I think that we can achieve a good result here.”