Grapevine: Rankings: Di Resta leads DTM drivers

Paul di Resta will end 2010 as the top DTM driver in the Castrol Rankings after sealing the title at Shanghai last weekend

Grapevine: Rankings: Di Resta leads DTM drivers

The AMG Mercedes driver's second place in the season finale was not only enough to give him the championship, but it also moved him up a spot to 44th in the Castrol Rankings.

His British compatriot Gary Paffett beat him to victory and sealed second in the championship at the same time, elevating him six places to 57th and making him the biggest climber in top 100.

By contrast, their fellow Mercedes driver Bruno Spengler (54) had a disastrous weekend. After crashing in practice and qualifying, he finished only 12th and threw away his championship chances, dropping six spots in the Castrol Rankings at the same time.

Grand prix winner David Coulthard (190) had his best weekend in the DTM yet, qualifying sixth and finishing eighth to climb 14 places, while impressive rookie Miguel Molina (162) was fifth and gained 13 spots of his own.

A maiden GT1 World Championship victory for Vitaphone Maserati crew Enrique Bernoldi and Xandi Negrao at their home race in Brazil netted both drivers major gains in the Castrol Rankings.

Negrao (530), who elbowed Darren Turner's Aston Martin aside to win at Interlagos, climbed 147 places while former F1 racer Bernoldi (401) moved up 27.

Turner (171) and his Young Driver AMR co-driver Tomas Enge (176), who are now one of only two crews able to win the championship, made up 38 and 57 places after finishing second.

It was a bad race for championship-leading duo Michael Bartels and Andrea Bertolini though, as they finished only ninth and dropped 19 and 11 spots respectively for a share of 192nd place.

To see the full Castrol Rankings, visit www.castroldriverrankings.com

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