Di Resta wins at Hockenheim and takes over DTM points’ lead - Mercedes-Benz Forum

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 1 (permalink) Old 10-20-2010, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
Moderator
 
gerkebi's Avatar
 
Date registered: Oct 2005
Vehicle: 107, 115, 116, 123, 124, 126
Location: E-I-E-I-Ohio
Posts: 5,920
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
Di Resta wins at Hockenheim and takes over DTM points’ lead

Sheer tension during the battle for the DTM title at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. Mercedes-Benz driver Paul Di Resta again showed himself in an excellent shape and was able to celebrate his third race win in a row. Thus, the Scot toppled his fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Bruno Spengler, who had been in the lead so far, from first place in the drivers’ standings. The Canadian retired on lap 23 due to problems with the left rear wheel. “Today, it was a surprising victory. The start wasn’t great, but the car was unbeatable and the speed was simply incredible. Fortunately, I was still able to catch Timo Scheider. Of course, finishing in front of him was particularly important. We hope that we can now stay on top. It is quite a close call between Bruno and me. However, I am now full of confidence and I will do my best”, said Di Resta after the sixth victory of his career in the DTM.

Behind Di Resta, two Audi drivers were happy with second and third place. Timo Scheider started from pole position, led the race for a long time and eventually only was beaten by the new points’ leader Di Resta. “Second place in the last round of the season in Germany is all right. Of course, I had hoped for more. But you can’t wish anything in motorsport, where performance is the only thing that counts. For next year, we have to keep the performance from the last couple of races”, said the 2009 DTM champion. Mike Rockenfeller also showed himself in a good shape and still made it onto the podium after finishing third as the best-placed driver of a 2008-spec car. British driver Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz), who is also still involved in the battle for the title, ended up fourth in the last DTM race of the season in Germany. Di Resta is now leading in the drivers’ standings with 63 points from Spengler (60) and Paffett (49).

One thing is certain: after the early retirement of Audi driver Mattias Ekström, a driver of an AMG Mercedes C-Class will be the new DTM champion for the first time in three years. The champion will come from the ranks of the Mercedes-Benz drivers for the ninth time in 24 years.

The tenth DTM race weekend of the year will be taking place at Adria in Italy from October 29th till 31st.

Head of motorsport Mercedes-Benz Norbert Haug: “This success really makes us feel well. We had a perfect strategy and we witnessed a very exciting race. Now, we know that we will win the title. However, I think that we will only find out in Shanghai who will be the new DTM champion. We will have a small party tonight, though.”

Head of motorsport Audi Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich: “After Eki had retired, it was clear to us that we wouldn’t be able to go for the title anymore. We still had hopes of winning the race. At the start of the season, we had a good performance, but we have given away too many points. Halfway through the season, we had a low in which the performance wasn’t right. Now, we are back at the right performance level again.”

Results


Pos.
Driver / Entrant Laps Time Gap
1.
Paul Di Resta AMG Mercedes AMG Mercedes C-Klasse 47 1:07:27.578 1:07:27.578
2.
Timo Scheider Audi Sport Team Abt GWlus/Top Service Audi A4 DTM 47 1:07:38.110 10.532
3.
Mike Rockenfeller Audi Sport Team Phoenix S line Audi A4 DTM 47 1:07:42.280 14.702
4.
Gary Paffett Salzgitter AMG Mercedes Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Klasse 47 1:07:47.119 19.541
5.
Martin Tomczyk Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Red Bull Cola Audi A4 DTM 47 1:07:47.584 20.006
6.
Oliver Jarvis Audi Sport Team Abt Tabac Original Audi A4 DTM 47 1:07:47.915 20.337
7.
Susie Stoddart TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Klasse 47 1:07:48.524 20.946
8.
Jamie Green Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Klasse 47 1:07:48.854 21.276
9.
Maro Engel GQ AMG Mercedes GQ AMG Mercedes C-Klasse 46 1:07:59.229 1 lap
10. Bruno Spengler Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Klasse 23 11. 35:20.997 24 laps
12. Alexandre Prémat Audi Sport Team Phoenix TV Movie Audi A4 DTM 14 22:53.853 33 laps
13. Mattias Ekström Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Red Bull Audi A4 DTM 7 13:06.411 40 laps
14. David Coulthard Deutsche Post AMG Mercedes Deutsche Post AMG Mercedes C-Klasse 1 1:58.789 46 laps
15. CongFu Cheng stern AMG Mercedes stern AMG Mercedes C-Klasse 1 2:08.255 46 laps
16. Markus Winkelhock Audi Sport Team Rosberg Playboy Audi A4 DTM 0 00.000 47 laps
17. Miguel Molina Audi Sport Rookie Team Abt Audi Bank A4 DTM 0 00.000 47 laps
18. Ralf Schumacher Laureus AMG Mercedes Laureus AMG Mercedes C-Klasse 0 00.000 47 laps
19. Katherine Legge Audi Sport Team Rosberg Glamour Audi A4 DTM 0 00.000 47 laps
gerkebi is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Mercedes-Benz Forum > General Mercedes-Benz Forums > Mercedes-Benz Motorsports & Racing

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes-Benz Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











  • Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
     
    Thread Tools
    Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
    Email this Page Email this Page
    Display Modes
    Linear Mode Linear Mode



    Similar Threads
    Topic Author Forum Replies Last Post
    Paul Di Resta Takes Second At The 10th Round Of The 2008 DTM At Le Mans everythingmercedes Mercedes-Benz Motorsports & Racing 0 10-06-2008 10:52 AM
    McCain takes lead on YouTube hits: Going after Obambi kids... Jayhawk Off-Topic 0 08-07-2008 09:19 AM
    POLL: MCCAIN TAKES LEAD AS DEMS FEUD... Jayhawk Off-Topic 7 03-20-2008 01:27 PM
    CBS: Obama Takes Delegate Lead, Even Counting Uncommitted Supers... Jayhawk Off-Topic 2 02-10-2008 09:36 PM
    OT: M. Schumacher wins in Canada! Schumi takes over the lead in the Driver's Championship ImportTunerTyp R170 SLK-Class 3 06-15-2003 06:08 PM

    Posting Rules  
    You may post new threads
    You may post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is On
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are On
    Pingbacks are On
    Refbacks are On

     

    Title goes here

    close
    video goes here
    description goes here. Read Full Story
    For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome