Top ten Stoddart gets better of Ickx.

Proving that she will not be a novelty in the DTM championship, Susie Stoddart produced an impressive display of driving to grab an excellent top ten finish on her debut.

Driving a 2004 specification Mercedes, Stoddart was consistently faster than Mathias Lauda, Olivier Tielemens and more significantly Vanina Ickx on the way to tenth place, although her cause was aided by the last lap fuel dramas of Daniel La Rosa and Frank Stippler.

A happy Stoddart is now looking ahead to the next race at the EuroSpeedway. "I'm satisfied to finish my first DTM race in tenth position. The car had a good speed and we had good pit stops. I'm happy and look forward to the next race."

Ickx meanwhile had a far tougher baptism of fire and although she finished her debut race, she finished in 15th and last place.

"This was a very good start into my DTM season and I'm happy about having finished the race. In the beginning there was quite a commotion, some rivals drove through the gravel trap and you had to really watch out. I also had to evade Christian Abt who spun in the beginning. I stayed out of all this, pitted early and then had a clear track."

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Vanina Ickx and Susie Stoddart will add some glamour to the Audi and Mercedes DTM ranks respectively      [pic credit: DTM media]
Pascal Wehrlein - gooix Mercedes C-Coupe [pic credit DTM Media]
Nico Muller - Rosberg Audi RS 5 DTM [pic credit Audi Media]
Lucas Auer - Mercedes AMG C63 DTM [pic credit Mercedes Media]
Jamie Green - Rosberg Audi [pic credit Audi Media]
Dieter Gass, Audi Sport, DTM [Credit: Audi Sport]
ART Grand Prix, DTM [Credit: Mercedes-Benz DTM]
Gotz at Mercedes
Esteban Ocon poses with the Mercedes DTM car at Jerez. Pic credit: Daimler
Charles Pic poses next to a Mercedes DTM car at Jerez. Pic credit: Daimler
AMG Mercedes C-Coupe [pic credit Mercedes]
AMG Mercedes C-Coupe [pic credit DTM Media]
Mattias Ekstrom - Abt Audi [pic credit DTM Media]
Mattias Ekstrom - Abt Audi [pic credit DTM Media]
Mattias Ekstrom - Abt Audi [pic credit DTM Media]
Mattias Ekstrom - Abt Audi [pic credit DTM Media]
Mattias Ekstrom - Abt Audi [pic credit DTM Media]
Paul di Resta - AMG Mercedes [pic credit DTM Media]

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