Paffett Confident of Landing Title

DTM points leader Gary Paffett is confident that he is back on course to land the touring car series title this year after his dominant victory at Zandvoort on Sunday

Paffett Confident of Landing Title

The Briton overcame some rough tactics from rivals Audi to grab his fourth win of the season - and make up for the disappointment of the previous race at the Nurburgring where he lost victory after crossing the white pit-lane exit line early.

After battling through the field during the pit-stop window, Paffett eventually went on to finish more than 12 seconds clear of title rival Mattias Ekstrom - a margin that he believes bodes well for the rest of the season.

"It was certainly my most convincing win of the year," said Paffett, who has retaken the series lead after losing it following his Nurburgring error. "I have to thank the team and the engineers, they did the perfect job for me.

"The car was perfect, we made some great pit stops. I was doing lap times without pushing that Mattias couldn't come close to.

"Now I'm back in front of the title race, I intend to stay there. The car is competitive at every track we go to. I feel very confident about the rest of the year."

The only disappointment of Paffett's afternoon was some tough driving from Audi's Rinaldo Capello, who blocked him and Mercedes-Benz teammate Bernd Schneider for several laps early in the race.

The matter was only resolved when Schneider locked up and hit the Audi at Tarzan corner, allowing Paffett to dive past the both of them.

"Capello made it very hard for us - he was blocking, which I felt was out of order," added Paffett. "I was losing chunks of time to Ekstrom, and it cost me the freshness of my new tyres too."

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