• Gary Paffett (THOMAS SABO AMG Mercedes C-Class) finishes eighth DTM race at Oschersleben as best-placed C-Class driver in fourth position
  • Paffett moves up fourteen positions during the race despite difficult condition
  • Christian Vietoris (Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Class) gains twelve places, securing his first DTM point

Gary Paffett (THOMAS SABO AMG Mercedes C-Class) was the best-placed Mercedes-Benz driver on the day, taking fourth position in the eighth race of the season at Oschersleben. Following technical problems in qualifying, the British driver started 18th on the grid, moving up 14 places during the race.

Christian Vietoris (Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Class) took fifth place, scoring four points for the first time in his DTM career. After being moved back to 17th on the grid, he improved by twelve places to finish fifth.

Maro Engel (GQ AMG Mercedes C-Class) finished seventh, and so was also in the points. David Coulthard (Deutsche Post AMG Mercedes C-Class) and Jamie Green (AMG Mercedes C-Class) finished tenth and eleventh respectively.

Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class) retired on lap 43 with a technical problem. Ralf Schumacher (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) also failed to finish his 40th DTM race. Renger van der Zande (stern AMG Mercedes C-Class) and Susie Stoddart (TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Class) were forced to retire during the race's early stages.

Across the race weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), a total of 65,000 spectators visited the Oschersleben circuit to watch the DTM race.

Race summary

The start: Rain began to fall about an hour before the start of the race, so drivers posted two parade laps in order to adjust to the wet track conditions. The race distance has been shortened by one lap to 49 laps. Bruno Spengler moves into the lead from second place on the grid. Ralf Schumacher goes up three positions into P4.

Lap 3: Susie Stoddart retires after a spin.

Lap 4: Spengler leads the field. Schumacher in fourth place. Jamie Green, Renger van der Zande and Christian Vietoris currently in positions seven to nine.

Lap 5: Renger van der Zande forced to retire after an exit onto the grass as a result of a collision.

Lap 7: Mattias Ekström (Audi) overtakes Spengler and is in the lead.

Lap 10: Schumacher retires after a spin and a collision with Filipe Albuquerque (Audi).

Lap 12: The pit stop window is now open. Gary Paffett is the first C-Class driver to make a mandatory pit stop.

Lap 17: Jamie Green and Christian Vietoris come in for their first pit stop at the same time.

Lap 22: Gary Paffett moves up one position into eighth place. Vietoris, Paffett and Green in places seven to nine.

Lap 23: Green pits for his second mandatory pit stop.

Lap 26: First pit stop for Maro Engel.

Lap 27: Spengler pits for the first time and reemerges in P2.

Lap 30: Spengler pits for second time.

Lap 36: Gary Paffett comes in for his second mandatory pit stop and reemerges in fourth place.

Lap 43: Spengler retires due to a technical problem.

Final lap: After 45 laps and a total distance of 166.320 km, Gary Paffett is the best-placed Mercedes-Benz driver in fourth position at the eighth race of the season in Oschersleben. The race was ended after the maximum duration of 70 minutes, because of the heavy rain. Christian Vietoris was fifth, securing his first DTM points. Maro Engel in P7 also finishes in the points.

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