Paffett confident heads to the Nürburgring
Paffett confident heads to the Nürburgring

Gary Paffett is set to compete in the seventh round of the DTM season this weekend as the series moves back into Germany for the 13th and 14th races of the season at the Nürburgring.

The final third of the DTM season has arrived and it’s a trip to the Nürburgring to commence the final sprint to the end of the season. Six races left to compete and this weekend it’s a trip to the Eifel Region for two races around the 3.629-kilmetre Grand Prix circuit. The Nürburgring is a unique track that sits almost 600-metres above sea level, making changeable weather conditions a distinguishable feature of the circuit.

The previous round of the season saw the series compete in the dunes of Zandvoort where Gary picked up points in both of the weekend’s races, including a 5th place finish in Sunday’s race.

Now moving onto the Nürburgring, the Fitbit-sponsored driver currently occupies 9th in the Drivers’ Championship with 75 points and has helped his Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes me team to 5th in the Team’s Championship.

Gary’s enviable record at the track, since his first DTM race in 2003, has seen him collect one win, two poles, two fastest laps and three podium finishes at the track, leaving the Mercedes ‘Team Captain’ hopeful that he can return to the DTM podium this weekend.

“Driving at the Nürburgring is a lot of fun. As a team, we didn’t exactly have the best of weekends at Zandvoort, which is why we’ll try to improve at the Nürburgring. We’re getting close to the end of the season now, so it’s important to secure some good results. Personally, I would like to finish on the podium and maybe take my first win of the year.”

Ulrich Fritz, Head of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM, wants to see his team bounce back from a disappointing weekend in Holland.

“Zandvoort was certainly not the weekend we’d hoped for, so the next two races at the Nürburgring will be all the more important. We’ve always been pretty competitive there in recent years and have Luggi in our ranks, who is a real specialist at the ‘Ring’. He’s posted the fastest lap there in three of the last four qualifying sessions, which you very rarely see in a close-fought championship like the DTM. But we have plenty of other drivers, yes indeed, who have also already enjoyed success at the Nürburgring. We’re confident that a good weekend lies ahead of us in the Eifel.”