Gary Paffett leads championship ahead of the DTM finale at Hockenheim – Jamie Green in third place

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Ralf Schumacher Mercedes AMG C-Coupé Valencia DTM Gary Paffett Mercedes AMG C-Coupé Valencia DTM Roberto Merhi Mercedes AMG C-Coupé Valencia DTM Jamie Green Mercedes AMG C-Coupé Valencia DTM David Coulthard and Robert Wickens Valencia DTM Christian Vietoris Mercedes AMG Valencia DTM 2012
  • Thrilling finale in prospect at Hockenheim (19th – 21st October): Gary Paffett (THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) maintains a three-point lead ahead of the last race of the season, Jamie Green (Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) in third place with an 18-point deficit – 25 points are awarded for a win
  • Grip problem makes racing tricky for our teams in Valencia

In Valencia, Jamie Green (Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) finished the ninth race of this DTM season in tenth position. David Coulthard (DHL Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) moved up the field ten positions from grid position 21 and ended the penultimate race in P11. The race was won by Augusto Farfus (BMW).

DTM championship leader Gary Paffett (THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) was forced to retire on lap 28. The British driver has led the DTM drivers' championship since the season opener at Hockenheim. The 2005 DTM champion is three points ahead of Bruno Spengler (BMW) in second place as the season finale at Hockenheim draws near (19th-21st October 2012). Green is in third place with 109 points overall. Team THOMAS SABO / Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG leads the team standings with 151 points.

Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Coupé), Susie Wolff (TV Spielfilm Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) and Ralf Schumacher (Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) finished the race in Valencia in positions twelve to 14 respectively. Robert Wickens (stern Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) and Roberto Merhi (Junge Sterne Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) both retired from the race at an early stage.

A total of 24,000 spectators in total came to watch the DTM in Valencia this weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun).

Race summary

The start: Robert Wickens moves up by one position at the start to P13. David Coulthard goes up six places and is in P14 after the first lap.

Lap 2: Roberto Merhi retires to the pits.

Lap 3: Robert Wickens is also out of the race after an accident.

Lap 4: Coulthard in P13, Gary Paffett is 15th and Jamie Green 16th.

Lap 7: Drive-through penalty for Bruno Spengler (BMW), who drops down to 15th place behind Green.

Lap 9: Green overtakes Joey Hand (BMW) in a scrap for 13th place.

Lap 12: The pit stop window is now open. Green and Wolff come in for first pit stop.

Lap 13: First tyre change for Coulthard and Paffett, and the championship leader serves his two-second pit stop penalty.

Lap 14: Christian Vietoris makes his first pit stop.

Lap 15: Schumacher pits for the first time.

Lap 17: Drive-through penalty for Green.

Lap 18: Drive-through penalty for Schumacher.

Lap 20: Second mandatory pit stop for Green.

Lap 25: Second set of fresh tires for Schumacher.

Lap 26: Final mandatory pit stop for Paffett.

Lap 27: Vietoris comes in for second change of tyres.

Lap 28: Paffett retires in the pits.

Lap 29: Schumacher overtakes Hand (BMW).

Final lap (Lap 46): Jamie Green came home in tenth position after 46 laps and a total race distance of 184.230km.

Comments after the race:

Jamie Green (Mercedes AMG C-Coupé), Tenth:

„After starting from 18th on the grid and then being given a drive-through penalty which cost me 20 seconds, I was never going to finish higher than tenth today. The start was rather hectic – I tried to keep clear of all the trouble and to make sure that I came through the first couple of laps in one piece. I expect us to have far better pace at Hockenheim. I'm really looking forward to the season finale that I won last year and the crowds of fans both in the Motodrom and in the Mercedes grandstand.“

David Coulthard (DHL Paket Mercedes AMG C-Coupé), Eleventh:

„Overall, we’ve had a difficult weekend in Valencia, but I’m well satisfied with my own race. I didn’t get off to the best of starts, but the confusion on the first lap worked to my advantage and I was able to move up the field by several positions. After that, I just focused on finishing the race as best I could.“

Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Coupé), Twelfth:

„P12 was not what where I had intended to finish in Valencia. I had a good start, but unfortunately, my car sustained damage immediately after that and I could not post any more fast lap times. I'm hoping for a better qualifying at the season finale in Hockenheim and a positive conclusion to the season.“

Susie Wolff (TV Spielfilm Mercedes AMG C-Coupé), 13th:

“There’s always the danger of being involved in a collision at the start when you’re way down the grid. Luckily, I came through the initial laps without sustaining any real damage. I tried to push forwards, but it was impossible to do better than P13 from my position on the grid. We’re off to Hockenheim in three weeks’ time, and I'm really looking forward to being back in Germany and the fans there – I really want to put on a good show for them.“

Ralf Schumacher (Mercedes AMG C-Coupé), 14th:

„As expected, our pace was better than in yesterday’s qualifying. Unfortunately, it was impossible to finish higher up the field than 14th from last position on the grid. We have already shown at Hockenheim this season that our DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupe is really quick there and so I feel confident about the upcoming season finale three weeks hence.“

Gary Paffett (THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG C-Coupé), retired:

„Of course, I'm disappointed about not finishing, but we still lead the championship ahead of the finale in Hockenheim despite a very tough weekend for our team. I was next to Joey Hand at the start. He braked very early to let Bruno Spengler. We made contact, doing serious damage to my car. Now I’ll just have to quickly forget this weekend and look to the future. We proved with a one-two victory during the season opener that our DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé is very quick at Hockenheim.“

Robert Wickens (stern Mercedes AMG C-Coupé), retired:

„I had a good start and managed to gain a position. Unfortunately, I slid into the tire wall on the first turn and so my race was over – too bad. We intend putting on a good show for all our fans in the finale at Hockenheim, though, and aim to finish the season on a high note with some decent results.“

Roberto Merhi (Junge Sterne Mercedes AMG C-Coupé), retired:

„Unfortunately, my race was over before it had properly begun and I had intended accomplishing so much here at my home race in Valencia. There was some contact with Martin Tomczyk at the start. I tried to avoid an accident but without success. My car was badly damaged as a result and so I was forced to retire, sadly.“

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:

„Our performance has been far from perfect since Friday because we could not find a setup at this circuit that would allow the tyres to be in the correct operating window to give the necessary development in grip.

Our C-Coupé was extremely competitive in all of the previous eight races and we expect that to be the case once again at the final race weekend in Hockenheim three weeks from now.

Any one out of the three – Gary Paffett, Bruno Spengler and Jamie Green – can win the title and two of them are Mercedes drivers.

Mercedes has won the last six races at Hockenheim and that fact should give us all a welcome boost.“

Race: Top Ten

 

Pos

Driver

Make

Time

1.

Augusto Farfus

BMW

1:08:22.522

2.

Adrien Tambay

Audi

+8.406

3.

Mattias Ekström

Audi

+8.967

4.

Filipe Albuquerque

Audi

+23.067

5.

Mike Rockenfeller

Audi

+28.066

6.

Bruno Spengler

BMW

+39.831

7.

Rahel Frey

Audi

+48.318

8.

Andy Priaulx

BMW

+49.562

9.

Dirk Werner

BMW

+58.327

10.

Jamie Green

Mercedes-Benz

+1:10.596

Drivers‘ Championship: Top Three

 

Pos

Driver

Make

Points

1.

Gary Paffett

Mercedes-Benz

127

2.

Bruno Spengler

BMW

124

3.

Jamie Green

Mercedes-Benz

109

Teams‘ Championship: Top Three

 

Pos

Team

Points

1.

THOMAS SABO / Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG

151

2.

BMW Team Schnitzer

143

3.

Mercedes AMG

117

Manufacturers‘ Championship

 

Pos

Manufacturer

Points

1.

Audi

327

2.

Mercedes-Benz

296

3.

BMW

286

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