Gary Paffett takes second race win of the season at Lausitz

Gary Paffett takes second race win of the season at Lausitz

Gary Paffett
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Gary Paffett was able to keep at bay a determined Marco Wittmann to make it a clean sweep of race wins for Mercedes at EuroSpeedway Lausitz in the second race of the weekend.

The Briton was able to manage the gap to the two-time champion from BMW, taking his second win of the year by 1.427 seconds at the finish, as Wittmann was able to close the gap in the latter stages.

Pascal Wehrlein also helped with Mercedes’ overall points haul for the weekend, with the 2015 champion finishing a further seven seconds adrift to end up on the podium for the first time since his return.

The 2015 champion finished ahead of Paul Di Resta, who made it three from Stuttgart in the top four, with BMW’s Timo Glock completing the top five.

Glock’s determination to fight his way past was clearly shown, as the BMW driver was able to get past the likes of Edoardo Mortara, Jamie Green and pole sitter Philipp Eng to still lead by only one point after the weekend.

Green had his best finish of the season so far in sixth behind Glock, as the Briton started down in 16th position, but opted for a risky strategy that saw him pit on the opening lap of the race.

Eng would take another welcome top ten finish after battling with the likes of Paffett, Wehrlein and Glock, but the Austrian would complete his weekend in seventh, ahead of Mike Rockenfeller and Joel Eriksson.

Audi’s Robin Frijns secured his first point of the year down in tenth, having his fair share of battles with Augusto Farfus, Nico Müller and Loïc Duval towards the end of the race.

Edoardo Mortara had a race to forget, as the Italian was twice ordered by race control to hand the position back to Eriksson, which put him out of contention for another strong result. He would finish 11th, ahead of Stuttgart stablemate Danil Juncadella.

Duval ended up in 13th place, ahead of Lucas Auer, who provided some exciting overtaking around the outside of Glock and Eriksson on Lap 11 to take sixth in the initial phase of the race.

Both Bruno Spengler and Augusto Farfus would finish way down the order in 15th and 16th respectively, whilst Nico Müller would complete the finishing order, with the Swiss driver to now be the only competitor to have not scored any points this season so far.

The DTM now heads over to Budapest in two weeks’ time, as the Hungaroring hosts the third race weekend of the 2018 season, with Glock on 72 points, one ahead of Paffett, with Wehrlein in third on 39 points.

Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Petronas continue to lead the team standings on 110 points, 12 ahead of BMW Team RMR.

Mercedes still sit atop the standings for the the constructors’ title battle, as they have a lead of 48 points over BMW, with Audi having only scored a total of 52 points thus far.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 2 Gary PAFFETT Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 34 57:27.909 1:39.752 3
2 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 34 1.427 1:39.395 4
3 94 Pascal WEHRLEIN Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 34 8.602 1:39.794 2
4 3 Paul DI RESTA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 34 17.891 1:39.816 15
5 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 34 19.061 1:39.857 10
6 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 34 23.243 1:40.139 16
7 25 Philipp ENG BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 34 24.292 1:39.882 1
8 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 34 24.631 1:39.863 5
9 47 Joel ERIKSSON BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 34 27.05 1:40.278 7
10 4 Robin FRIJNS Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 34 30.992 1:40.059 14
11 48 Edoardo MORTARA SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 34 32.458 1:40.154 6
12 23 Daniel JUNCADELLA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 34 32.803 1:39.597 9
13 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 34 33.304 1:39.523 17
14 22 Lucas AUER SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 34 38.266 1:40.459 8
15 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 34 38.526 1:40.106 11
16 15 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 34 40.55 1:40.059 12
17 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 34 41.673 1:40.238 13
NS 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM DNS N/A