Mercedes-AMG driver Gary Paffett was happy to extend his lead in the DTM drivers’ championship despite being beaten to victory by teammate Paul Di Resta in the second race at Brands Hatch in the United Kingdom on Sunday.
The British driver brought home a damaged car in a respectable sixth place on Saturday and was even stronger on Sunday, as he claimed pole position but was ultimately edged for the win by Di Resta.
Nonetheless, the 37-year-old was happy to leave the sixth round of the 2018 season with a bigger lead than he had at the start of the race weekend.
“I’m very happy with the whole weekend,” said Paffett. “It’s a weekend that could have gone very wrong. It’s a circuit we’ve not been to in DTM before, and one where you can very easily make mistakes like I did in qualifying yesterday [Saturday].
“Luckily we were able to recover and get good points yesterday which was important as that made the difference between me and Paul.
“I’m not overjoyed with not winning the race today, but he made the better start and we all know how hard it is to overtake around here.
“The grid is all at an angle and it’s not very easy to get a perfect start. I did a practice start earlier on and got some wheelspin, so I was probably a bit too cautious at the (actual race) start.”
He added, “I put as much pressure as I could on him for the whole race…but he didn’t make a mistake, so well done to Paul, but the good news is I’ve come away from here with a bigger lead than when I came in.”
The next round of the DTM season will be held in Misano on August 24-26.