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Paffett: Lets hope Brands remains.

Gary Paffett says he is hopeful that Brands Hatch will stay on the DTM calendar after the British circuit played host to the German series for the first time last weekend.

Paffett, the defending champion and now F1 tester for McLaren Mercedes, had campaigned for the series to return to British shores during his two seasons of competition and, although disappointed not to have been able to race himself, he said he felt the return had been a success.

“Brands Hatch is a great circuit and speaking to the people involved, they liked it,” he told Crash.net “Hopefully it will stay as a full time DTM event as it is great to have it in the UK and I think it needs to be in the UK to be recognised as a European formula.

“It's a shame I wasn't racing to be fair as I was pushing for a few years to get a race in England and then once I left the championship they had one! It was hard to go out and watch them but I enjoyed being there and watching the cars drive round the British circuit again.”

Paffett also backed fellow Briton Jamie Green to recover from the late error that saw him miss out on securing his maiden DTM victory in his home race.

“It was a bit of a disappointment,” he said. “I think he was gifted the win when Tom suffered suspension failure and went off but it was unfortunate and Jamie will feel the worst of anyone as he was on his way to a first win in the DTM in his home circuit.

“It will have been hard for him to take but he'll get over it and get on with the rest of his season.”


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Jamie Green takes the lead after the retirement of Tom Kristensen.DTM, Round 4, Brands Hatch, Kent, UK. 30th June - 2nd July 2006.
Tom Kristensen leads Jamie Green.DTM, Round 4, Brands Hatch, Kent, UK. 30th June - 2nd July 2006.
Gary Paffett - Mercedes AMG C-Coupe [pic credit: DTM Media]
Jamie Green - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Jamie Green - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Gary Paffett - Mercedes AMG C-Coupe [pic credit: DTM Media]
Jamie Green - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Jamie Green - Audi RS5 DTM [pic 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)
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)
3 Gary Paffett (GB), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé  at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on Saturday September 14, 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
12 Jamie Green (GB), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM, 7 Augusto Farfus (BR), BMW Team RBM, BMW M3 DTM, 19 Mike Rockenfeller (D), Audi Sport Team Phoenix, Audi RS 5 DTM in parc ferme after the race at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on Sunday September 15, 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
7 Augusto Farfus (BR), BMW Team RBM, BMW M3 DTM, 12 Jamie Green (GB), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM, 1 Bruno Spengler (CDN), BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M3 DTM race at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on Sunday September 15, 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
12 Jamie Green (GB), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on Saturday September 14, 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
12 Jamie Green (GB), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM, 1 Bruno Spengler (CDN), BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M3 DTM, 7 Augusto Farfus (BR), BMW Team RBM, BMW M3 DTM after qualifying at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on Saturday September 14, 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
#10 Robert Wickens (CDN), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé and #3 Gary Paffett (GB), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé celebrate at the Norisring.  (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
3 Gary Paffett (GB), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé (Photo Credit: DTM)
3 Gary Paffett (GB), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé (Photo Credit: DTM)

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