Mercedes' Gary Paffett has labelled his nightmare Nurburgring race as 'enormously disappointing' as the Brit falls to sixth in the DTM standings after finishing more than a lap down on victor Robert Wickens.

Paffett had headed into the race confident of a strong result starting from fifth on the grid with championship leader, Mike Rockenfeller languishing in eleventh.

However, the early race downpour left Paffett out of position as the former DTM champion struggled to keep pace with the leaders on the standard - less adhesive - tyre.

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A further strategy call to pit for the option slick rather than wet weather tyre, in a gamble that conditions would rapidly improve, was the final nail in the coffin and left Paffett out of sync with most of the field more than a lap down in 17th position - possibly dropping the HWA-man out of title contention.

"Unfortunately, apart from the enormous disappointment I'm feeling, I'm coming away with nothing from the N?rburgring," said Paffett.

"The whole race was a nightmare, and everything that could go wrong did. The weather today threw a huge spanner in the works and completely messed up our whole strategy. I'm glad that we now have a few weeks off and that I can digest what happened in peace.

"After that, we'll be back on the offensive again and make the most of the final race in Oschersleben."