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Motorsport Arena Oschersleben: Paffett rues tyre error

Gary Paffett: Unfortunately, we lost the race yesterday in qualifying.
Mercedes' Gary Paffett says this weekend's DTM Oschersleben race was lost during qualifying yesterday after carrying a five-grid place penalty into session.

Paffett, after finishing sixth from starting twelfth on the grid, received the penalty yesterday for a tyre irregularity stemmed from free-practice, an identical offence which cost BMW's Bruno Spengler his pole-position.

"Too bad that I was only in twelfth place on the grid as a result of my penalty,” said Paffett.

“I drove a strong race and kept seeing Mike Rockenfeller and Augusto Farfus as they ducked out of sight at the end of the straights.

“Unfortunately, we lost the race yesterday in qualifying.”

Despite finishing sixth the Brit believes his Mercedes had the pace to battle amongst the top BMW's and Audi's today had he started from where he had qualified.

“Audi were very strong today but not invincible,” said the 2005-champion.

“We were not too far behind in terms of pace and were just unlucky on Saturday. Everyone knows how closely contested and how evenly matched the field is in the DTM, and moving forwards is not easy from a low starting position.

“Had I been in seventh place on the grid, then I would have had a better chance of being among the front-runners at the finish,” Paffett concluded.

Paffett now falls out of title contention 59-points away from runaway championship-leader Mike Rockenfeller, who now only has Augusto Farfus to deal with 33-points back.



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3 Gary Paffett (GB), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé  at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on Saturday September 14, 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
3 Gary Paffett (GB), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé celebrates his 100th DTM race at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on Saturday September 14, 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
11 Mattias Ekström (S), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM, 3 Gary Paffett (GB), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on Sunday September 15, 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
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Marco Wittmann - BMW MTEK M4 [pic credit: DTM Media]
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Mike Rockenfeller - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
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