The DTM got its new season underway Saturday at the Hockenheimring. Eventually, the most experienced driver in the field emerged as the winner: after 36 laps, Gary Paffett was first across the finish line. The Mercedes-AMG driver, who took pole position earlier in the day, won the first of this season’s 20 DTM races by a margin of 1.449 seconds from his fellow Mercedes-AMG driver Lucas Auer, who came second. Third place went to BMW driver Timo Glock. Classified ninth, defending champion René Rast was the best-placed Audi driver.
Gary Paffett had to wait long for his 21st DTM race win. No fewer than 1,784 days have passed by since June 13, 2013, when he scored his last victory at the Lausitzring. “After this long drought, this victory is a really special one,” Paffet said. “I am really delighted both for myself and for the team. Today, the early pit stop was the key to success. The car was really great.”
In the opening stages of the race, Auer temporarily took the lead from Paffett, but eventually had to admit defeat. “Of course, that is a pity, because I was in front of Gary before the pit stop and I was behind him after it. But tomorrow is another day,” Auer said.
Third-placed Glock admitted to having had no chance to put the two Mercedes-AMG drivers up front under pressure. “That did annoy me a little bit,” Glock commented.
Defending champion Rene Rast ended up ninth as the best-placed Audi driver. “That wasn’t an easy race; we got the maximum out of it,” he said. “At the start, I almost stalled. After the pit stops, I managed to overtake a few cars, but it wasn’t like we had planned. We still have some work to do there.”
The second race of the weekend follows tomorrow at 1 p.m. local time.
|1||Gary Paffett||(GB)||Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM||58:03.639||36|
|2||Lucas Auer||(AT)||Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM||58:05.088||+01.449||+01.449||36|
|3||Timo Glock||(D)||BMW M4 DTM||58:10.153||+06.514||+05.065||36|
|4||Edoardo Mortara||(I)||Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM||58:11.837||+08.198||+01.684||36|
|5||Pascal Wehrlein||(D)||Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM||58:15.030||+11.391||+03.193||36|
|6||Bruno Spengler||(CA)||BMW M4 DTM||58:19.397||+15.758||+04.367||36|
|7||Paul Di Resta||(GB)||Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM||58:20.239||+16.600||+00.842||36|
|8||Daniel Juncadella||(E)||Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM||58:20.608||+16.969||+00.369||36|
|9||René Rast||(D)||Audi RS5 DTM||58:21.907||+18.268||+01.299||36|
|10||Loic Duval||(F)||Audi RS 5 DTM||58:23.285||+19.646||+01.378||36|
|11||Marco Wittmann||(D)||BMW M4 DTM||58:24.379||+20.740||+01.094||36|
|12||Joel Eriksson||(S)||BMW M4 DTM||58:24.933||+21.294||+00.554||36|
|13||Nico Müller||(CH)||Audi RS5 DTM||58:26.060||+22.421||+01.127||36|
|14||Mike Rockenfeller||(D)||Audi RS5 DTM||58:27.626||+23.987||+01.566||36|
|15||Augusto Farfus||(BR)||BMW M4 DTM||58:32.363||+28.724||+04.737||36|
|16||Philipp Eng||(AT)||BMW M4 DTM||58:33.125||+29.486||+00.762||36|
|17||Mattias Ekström||(S)||Audi RS5 DTM||58:34.288||+30.649||+01.163||36|
|18||Robin Frijns||(NL)||Audi RS 5 DTM||58:35.299||+31.660||+01.011||36|
|19||Jamie Green||(GB)||Audi RS5 DTM||58:48.612||+44.973||+13.313||36|