Paul Di Resta leads British 1-2 to win Brands Hatch race two

Paul Di Resta leads British 1-2 to win Brands Hatch race two

Paul Di Resta
Photo: ITR e.V.

The second race of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters weekend at Brands Hatch saw Paul Di Resta lead home a British and Mercedes 1-2 finish at the Kent-based circuit, taking his second win of the season, 1.019 seconds ahead of compatriot Gary Paffett.

It was the pair’s second 1-2 finish of the season after the first race at Circuit Park Zandvoort, with defending champion René Rast completing the podium, having closed on the Stuttgart pair until the end of the race, despite an early Safety Car phase slowing proceedings on lap one.

Robin Frijns’ Audi would end up in the barriers on the Cooper Straight, after Lucas Auer’s car went sideways across the front of the Dutchman’s Audi, pushing him wide. It brought out the Safety Car for just three laps, with Frijns ending up with another disappointing finish down in 12th.

Augusto Farfus was unable to avoid the incident between the pair, with his M4 DTM suffering significant damage to the left front bumper. Unfortunately, the Brazilian would opt to retire on lap 21, with the stewards deciding no further action was to be taken.

2015 champion Pascal Wehrlein was fourth a further ten seconds adrift from the trio at the front, whilst Marco Wittmann held off the charging Mike Rockenfeller for fifth place, after a great, clean battle between the pair.

Philipp Eng took another top ten finish, finishing 2.398 seconds behind the battling duo in seventh, as Auer would overtake Spain’s Daniel Jucadella in the latter stages of the race for eighth, whilst Nico Müller was the last driver to score points this time.

Timo Glock was less than a second behind the Swiss driver in 11th, with the German driver now 76 points behind points leader Paffett.

Joel Eriksson was also pressuring Frijns to take 12th, but the Swede was unable to do so in the latter stages, thanks to the stern defence used by the Audi Sport driver.

Jamie Green would incur the wrath of the stewards with a drive-through penalty, after an incident involving the Briton and Marco Wittmann, saw the two-time champion pushed off onto the grass heading into Surtees.

The Team Rosberg driver was on course for making it a British clean sweep on the podium with a 27 second lead going into the pits, but the drive-through penalty relegated the Leicester driver to 15th at the finish.

Loïc Duval had another race to forget, as the Frenchman would suffer left rear tyre failure on the Brabham Straight just minutes before the end of the race, putting him at the end of the field as the last of the classified finishers.

Edoardo Mortara would also retire from the race three laps from the end, bringing the Italian’s weekend to a premature conclusion.

The DTM heads to Misano in just two weeks’ time for another historic first, with the first set of night races to take place under the floodlights, as Gary Paffett continues to lead the standings after a good points haul on home soil.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 3 Paul DI RESTA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 40 56:23.282 1:19.943 2
2 2 Gary PAFFETT Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 40 1.019 1:19.979 1
3 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 40 1.376 1:20.072 4
4 94 Pascal WEHRLEIN Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 40 11.484 1:20.237 3
5 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 40 14.312 1:20.249 9
6 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 40 14.841 1:20.545 12
7 25 Philipp ENG BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 40 17.239 1:20.065 10
8 22 Lucas AUER SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 40 17.972 1:20.306 5
9 23 Daniel JUNCADELLA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 40 18.505 1:20.223 14
10 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 40 20.798 1:20.768 15
11 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 40 21.764 1:20.492 13
12 4 Robin FRIJNS Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 40 22.007 1:20.085 6
13 47 Joel ERIKSSON BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 40 23.197 1:20.498 16
14 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 40 31.998 1:20.971 18
15 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 40 33.359 1:20.052 11
16 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 38 + 2 LAPS 1:20.132 8
17 48 Edoardo MORTARA SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 37 + 3 LAPS 1:20.453 17
R 15 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 18 DNF 1:22.319 7