Di Resta: Count me in for championship battle.

by Russell Atkins


Following on from a strong debut season in the series in 2007, Paul di Resta vows he is now up for a challenge for the DTM crown in 2008 – when he may just be given up-to-date machinery with which to do battle.

The Scot wowed many onlookers by ascending the rostrum four times last year, despite being at the wheel of a modest 2005-spec Mercedes C-Class. Not only that, but the campaign marked the first time in the 21-year-old's career that he had raced with a roof over his head – something he admits took a little getting used to at first.

“It was quite a big jump,” he acknowledged, speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio, “and it took me a long time to get my head around it, but the car is pretty similar. It has good brakes and a lot of power, and the driving technique when you find the limit is quite close to what you would experience in a single-seater.

“After the winter testing it was quite clear how fast the car was going to be. That meant it wasn't so much of a shock to me at the first race, because we knew we had good pace; it was a matter of how quickly I could get my head around the longer races, pit-stops and how race strategy worked. At the end of the day I was there to help the other guys, so hopefully I did a good job.

“Everybody at Mercedes and Persson [Motorsport] all helped tremendously, and I owe a big thank you to them. They certainly made my year easier than it could have been.”

As to his ultimate achievements – a brace of second and third places apiece and seven points finishes from ten races en route to fifth spot in the end-of-season drivers' standings – di Resta is justifiably proud, particularly as he ended proceedings as the best-placed driver in a non 2007-spec car. That's not to say, however, that he doesn't intend to do even better in 2008…

“We had to make the best of what we had,” he asserted. “In some places it was enough and in some places it wasn't. We just had to make the maximum out of what that car could produce.

“I would say it was a good year; it was pretty satisfying. It would have been a tough challenge to make any more of an impact than we did, so we've got to be happy.

“We had four podiums and a lot of good qualifying pace, but we were unfortunate. In the middle of the year I got taken off a few times at the first corner through no fault of my own.

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Mercedes DTM star Paul di Resta [pic credit: DTM Media]
Mercedes DTM star Paul di Resta [pic credit: DTM Media]
Paul Di Resta - JAWA4U.de AMG Mercedes [pic credit: DTM Media]
Felix Rosenqvist, Mercedes Team ART, DTM [Credit: Mercedes]
Marco Wittmann, BMW, DTM, [Credit: DTM]
Robert Wickens, DTM, Moscow Raceway [Credit: DTM]
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Rene Rast - Audi Sport Team Rosberg [pic credit Audi Sport]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Gary Paffett - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team ART [pic credit DTM]
Jamie Green - Audi Sport Team Rosberg [pic credit Audi Sport]
Jamie Green - Audi Sport Team Rosberg [pic credit Audi Sport]
Jamie Green - Audi Sport Team Rosberg [pic credit Audi Sport]
Jamie Green - Audi Sport Team Rosberg [pic credit Audi Sport]

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Foo Atari

February 18, 2008 5:21 PM

Was highly impressed with DeRista last year. Was a shame he couldn''t get a package together for GP2 last year as I think he would have been pretty good. He clearly has the speed and the talent. Hope he does well this year.

penelope pitstop - Unregistered

February 21, 2008 1:55 PM

I agree with both previous comments, I too was fortunate to see Paul Di Resta actually racing in person & was blown away with his performances - also he is a really nice guy. Good Luck for 2008 season - definately one to watch. :)

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