What a dream return return to the UK it was for Mercedes’ British drivers Paul Di Resta and Gary Paffett, finishing first and second respectively, followed by Audi’s René Rast in third.
After Daniel Juncandella’s maiden win on Saturday, Di Resta topped the standings on Sunday. He put his stamp on the race from the start, overtaking fellow Brit Paffett who had secured pole. He continued to lead after a first lap accident brought out the safety car.
Augusto Farfus, Robin Frijns and Lucas Auer got into a close battle and ended up on the grass.
Di Resta had a poor result on Saturday and commented:
“The result with 16th place on Saturday was hurtful…We worked on the car overnight and that paid off. Thus, I had a good battle with Gary today, just like in 2010.”
Title rival Paffett said:
“I am very happy with the entire weekend. Yesterday’s points were important. They are making the difference between Paul and myself.”
The big surprise came for Audi’s René Rast, starting fourth on the grid and converting it to a third place with strong pace in the closing laps, but was unable to really push Paffett for second place.
“I didn’t really expect this result…Overtaking is difficult here. All in all, I am absolutely happy with my race.”
Mercedes driver Pascal Wehrlein finished in fourth place, followed by BMW’s best finisher, Marco Wittmann in fifth. The points were rounded out by Rockenfeller, Eng, Auer, Juncadella and Muller.
The result means Paffett maintains his lead in the championship with 177 points and Di Resta stays second with 148.
In two weeks, DTM will head to Misano for the first night race in the series’ history. Alex Zanardi will also guest drive.