Paffett wins as Scheider retains title

Gary Paffett took victory in the final DTM race of the season, while his title rival Timo Scheider sealed the crown by following him across the line in second

Paffett wins as Scheider retains title

After a fierce scrap with Mattias Ekstrom in the opening stages, Paffett took the lead when the Audi driver retired after five laps with cooling issues caused by damage that Ekstrom sustained during their battle.

Scheider then followed his rival for the entire race, deciding not to go for the race win as he didn't need it to retain the championship.

Behind the top two, Paul di Resta was a close second, but the Scot was unable to give Scheider many problems throughout the race.

Alexandre Premat used the pitstops well to gain several places, and at times the French driver was the fastest man on track.

That got him ahead of a fierce midfield battle, which was eventually resolved in Jamie Green's favour in the closing stages.

The Briton was following the scrap between Oliver Jarvis and Bruno Spengler, and when the pair tangled in the Mercedes Arena as Jarvis made a pass on lap 37, Green was able to pass both of them.

Spengler had done well to come through from 15th on the grid to get into the points, but he eventually had to settle for seventh, just ahead of Markus Winkelhock who took the final points position.

The German was another driver to be muscled down the order in the closing stages. He'd spent most of the race scrapping with Jarvis, but he lost ground when both his Audi team-mate and Jamie Green were able to pass him at the hairpin on lap 30.


Pos Driver               Car         Result
 1. Gary Paffett         Mercedes    1h06m01.702s
 2. Timo Scheider        Audi        +     1.043s
 3. Paul Di Resta        Mercedes    +     1.792s
 4. Alexandre Prémat     Audi        +     5.234s
 5. Jamie Green          Mercedes    +     5.994s
 6. Oliver Jarvis        Audi        +     7.737s
 7. Bruno Spengler       Mercedes    +     8.664s
 8. Markus Winkelhock    Audi        +     9.847s
 9. Mike Rockenfeller    Audi        +    10.355s
10. Maro Engel           Mercedes    +    11.009s
11. Tomas Kostka         Audi        +    16.744s
12. Christian Bakkerud   Audi        +    20.574s
13. Johannes Seidlitz    Audi        +    23.587s
14. Mathias Lauda        Mercedes    +    41.679s
15. Tom Kristensen       Audi        +  2m23.250s
16. Susie Stoddart       Mercedes    +     8 laps
17. Katherine Legge      Audi        +     9 laps
                                   
Retirements                 
                                   
    Mattias Ekström      Audi               5 laps
    Ralf Schumacher      Mercedes           1 laps
    Martin Tomczyk       Audi               0 laps

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