DTM Title for Paul Di Resta, Shanghai Win for Gary Paffett

  • Bruno Spengler 13th in the race after qualifying crash and 17th starting position, and third in the championship
  • 11 DTM races 2010 and nine wins for AMG Mercedes

§   Paul Di Resta (AMG Mercedes C-Class) is the 2010 DTM champion. The Scotsman finished the 11th and final round of the 2010 DTM at Shanghai, China in second place and took the title with 71 points.

§   Gary Paffett (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) won the final race on a temporary street circuit in Shanghai’s district Pudong and ended the championship runner-up with 67 points. This victory was the ninth for Mercedes-Benz in 2010 out of the 11 races. Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class), overall leader before the race after eight podiums out of the previous 10 races, had started 17th on the grid after a qualifying accident and ended up 13th in the race and third in the championship with 66 points.

§   It is Paul Di Resta’s first DTM championship title after he had been runner-up in 2008. For Mercedes-Benz, it is the 10th drivers’ title since the brand entered the DTM as a works outfit in 1988: Before this year’s title win, Bernd Schneider took six championships, Klaus Ludwig two and Gary Paffett one.

§   Salzgitter/Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG with Spengler/Paffett are first in the team ranking already since Hockenheim six weeks ago; they have now 133 points.

§   Jamie Green (Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Class) finished sixth. David Coulthard (Deutsche Post AMG Mercedes C-Class) came home eighth and scored his first championship point in the final race of his first DTM season. Ralf Schumacher (Laureus AMG Mercedes C-Class) ended up 10th ahead of Susie Stoddart (TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Class). CongFu Cheng (stern AMG Mercedes C-Class) finished 15th ahead of Maro Engel (GQ AMG Mercedes C-Class).

§   The race was red-flagged after 50 of 60 scheduled laps, after the track was blocked momentarily following a short coming-together of Susie Stoddart and Mike Rockenfeller (Audi).

The start: The race was started behind the Safety Car which drove ahead of the field for three laps. After that, overtaking was allowed only after turn three. For the fourth time this year, Paul Di Resta started from pole position, followed by Gary Paffett and Jamie Green. Due to an accident in the first qualifying, Bruno Spengler lined up 17th on the grid.

Lap 15: Bruno Spengler was 15th when he pitted for the first time.

Lap 17: Paul Di Resta came into the pits  from the lead, followed by Susie Stoddart (ninth) one lap later.

Lap 20: David Coulthard (fifth) came in for the first time; Bruno Spengler (17th) came in for the second time.

Lap 21: Respective first pit stops by Jamie Green (second) and Ralf Schumacher (fifth). Maro Engel pitted one lap later.

Lap 23: Gary Paffett (leader) pitted for the first time; Susie Stoddart came in for the second time.

Lap 29: Gary Paffett (fourth) completed his second stop followed by CongFu Cheng (second) for his first stop one lap later.

Lap 31: Second stop by Jamie Green (third).

Lap 33: Paul Di Resta (second) came in for the second time.

Lap 38: CongFu Cheng received a 5sec pit stop penalty because of driving through the working zone during his first pit stop.

Lap 39: Second pit stop by David Coulthard (second). When he resumed, he stalled the engine and lost several seconds.

Lap 43: Second pit stop by CongFu Cheng (fourth). One lap later, Ralf Schumacher (second) was the last driver to complete his second stop.

Lap 44: All drivers had completed their two mandatory pit stops. Gary Paffett was in the lead ahead of Paul Di Resta.

Lap 50: After a short coming-together of Susie Stoddart and Mike Rockenfeller (Audi), the road was blocked for a moment and the race was red-flagged for good. Gary Paffett won ahead of Paul Di Resta who took the title. Full points were awarded as more than 75 per cent of the scheduled 60 laps had been completed.

Gary Paffett (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) winner: “It was a tough race and with my win I achieved everything possible. However, I had lost a few points during the season; otherwise the fight with Paul today would have been more exciting. Congratulations to him, he had a great season and deserves the championship.”

Paul Di Resta (AMG Mercedes C-Class) second and champion: “I am really happy about my DTM title win –  a dream came true. I thank my entire team and everybody at Mercedes-Benz for this great season.”

Jamie Green (Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Class) sixth: “Sixth place is ok, although third position was in reach. Unfortunately, I got stuck in traffic after my first pit stop so we decided to pit again early, but so I lost a few places. However, I am the best driver with a last year’s car, like I was in 2009, so I have reached my target for this year.”

David Coulthard (Deutsche Post AMG Mercedes C-Class) eighth: “Yesterday, I was sixth and achieved my best qualifying result in the DTM, today I scored my first point and posted the fastest lap of the race. This is a nice end of my first DTM season. Unfortunately I lost a few places in traffic – an even better result would have been possible today.”

Ralf Schumacher (Laureus AMG Mercedes C-Class) 10th: “The circuit was a real challenge and the organizers did everything for the safety. It was a good decision to start behind the Safety Car. For this season, I had wished for more good results. My speed was always there, but if you start too far in the back of the field, it is not easy to show that.”

Susie Stoddart (TV-Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Class) 11th: “An uneventful race for me. Without yesterday’s crash and with a better grid position points would have been possible today. Well done to Paul on his championship win and thank you to my Persson team and Mercedes-Benz for the great support throughout this season.”

Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class) 13th: “I look back to a good season; however, in the last event I made a mistake in qualifying which almost decided the championship already before the race. I suffered from understeer today which was probably a consequence of my accidents on Friday and Saturday. Congratulations to Paul on his title win.”

CongFu Cheng (stern AMG Mercedes C-Class) 15th: “Unfortunately, I made a mistake during my first pit stop and received a time penalty. Otherwise, a result between 10th and 12th positions would have been possible; my speed was not bad. I thank my team for a great first year in the DTM and congratulations to Paul on the title win.”

Maro Engel (GQ AMG Mercedes C-Class) 16th: “It is like a little victory that I was able to start the race, following my accident on Friday. I thank my team for the great job fixing the car in time for the race.”

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: “A difficult final of a great 2010 DTM season with Paul as the deserved Champion and Gary as the Shanghai winner – for the second time after he had won also the so far only race here in 2004.

“This season, Paul did the best job of all – Bruno Spengler who arrived here as the overall leader would have deserved as well as Gary Paffett – but in the end Paul achieved the well-deserved title win.

“A cordial thank you for the first three places in the championship and nine wins out of 11 races to everybody in the HWA team under Gerhard Ungar, to the Mücke and the Persson team.

“I also want to thank all active and hardworking colleagues who are usually not on the front row – our specialists of organisation, media, marketing and controlling – and, of course, also the ladies in our office, who are always working at real “race speed” day-to-day and always precisely.

“There are no great victories without a great team, and we have a great team.”

Paul Di Resta, the 2010 DTM Champion

Paul Di Resta (24) is the 2010 DTM Champion. He won the title with second place in the season’s finale which had been staged at Shanghai for the first time. Paul thus overtook his team mate Bruno Spengler who had started the final race as the points leader. The race in China was Paul’s 42nd DTM race. He won six of them, started from pole position six times and posted seven fastest race laps.

Paul Di Resta is a cousin of former Mercedes-Benz DTM driver Dario Franchitti, who won the US IndyCar series for the third time and the Indy 500 for the second time in 2010. Paul began racing karts at the age of eight. In 2000, he won the McLaren Mercedes Champions of the Future kart series. Three years later, he took part in his first car race in the British Formula Renault. In 2004, he won the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award and became a Mercedes-Benz Junior.

Racing for English team Manor Motorsport, Paul Di Resta entered the Formula 3 Euro Series in 2005, finishing his debut year 10th overall after three pole positions and one podium place. In the following year, he won five races and clinched the championship ahead of the 2010 Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel.

In 2007, Paul moved up to DTM and finished his second race in the championship in second place – with a last year’s car. At the end of that year he was fifth overall. One year later, now racing a new model, Di Resta took his first DTM race win and finished the year runner-up. In 2009, Paul Di Resta was third overall in the DTM and also became test and reserve driver for Force India Mercedes in Formula One.

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