Paul di Resta will hope to keep his DTM championship hopes alive on home soil at Brands Hatch at end of the month, with the Scot aiming to build on his maiden win earlier in the year at Lausitz to improve on his fourth in the standings.

Crash.net Radio's Rob Wilkins took the chance to speak to the AMG Mercedes driver during a DTM preview event held by Mobil 1 at Mercedes Benz World at Brooklands ahead of his home round of the campaign...

Crash.net:
How do you feel the season gone so far?

Paul di Resta:
I think it's been a good season so far. I've had my first win in the DTM but at the end of the day, we have had a consistent year and are still in contention for the championship. We aren't too far behind and are still in the hunt, so we are pushing hard to keep making good progress and stay on top.

Crash.net:
Just describe your feelings when you took that first win.

Paul di Resta:
I came close a few times last year and we were on the podium four times, so we came close. This year kicked off quite well but we had a very strong weekend at Lausitz, were on pole, set a new lap record in the race and won. It was a satisfying win ahead of three Audis. I hoped it would come sooner, but then we had to move on and think about the next race. I hope we can get some more wins and the main thing is to score as many points as possible for the rest of the year.

Crash.net:
The next race is at Brands Hatch where it didn't go to plan last year. How determined are you to put on a good display this year as a result?

Paul di Resta:
At the end of the day, I'm no more determined than I am at any other race. I have to do the same job eleven times in a year and I am a great believer that you have to go to every race with the same attitude. Although it is nice to be at home and be in front of the British fans, I have the same attitude as ever and that is to win the race. I hope we can be there and be fast and put on a good show. Hopefully we can score as many points as possible.

Crash.net:
Does it give a boost at all in front of the home fans?

Paul di Resta:
I suppose it does. We will be doing a lot of interviews, in English obviously, but I am there to do the same job every weekend and that is why I am with Mercedes. I hope we can go there with a strong package.

Crash.net:
How important do you think it is for the DTM to have a round in Britain?

Paul di Resta:
I think it is quite important and with Mercedes alone, there are four British drivers. There are a lot of people who support us when we are in Germany through the live coverage there is in Britain, so it is nice for them to come along and see what we are all about. Hopefully they can enjoy a good weekend with plenty of entertainment.

Crash.net:
Crowd numbers at Brands Hatch don't compare favourably to places like Hockenheim. Do you find that disappointing at all?

Paul di Resta:
It is a little bit but we need to promote it. I'm sure each year we go [to Britain], it will get better and hopefully this year will be good. Lewis Hamilton is doing the demonstration which will bring some more people in and if people come along, they will see what a good weekend it is. Hopefully the weather will be good for spectators as it can put a dampener on things when it isn't so great. But I'm sure anyone who comes along will enjoy it.

Crash.net:
At Brands you use the Indy circuit as opposed to the GP circuit. Do you think the GP circuit would be better suited to the DTM?

Paul di Resta:
I don't think so as we are entertaining the crowd and the Indy circuit is better for that. They get to see a lot of the cars and a lot of the track, so they see a lot of what is happening with the race and can keep tabs on it. It's going to be a close one as it always is on a short circuit, but from an entertainment point of view, we are on the right track.

Crash.net:
How satisfying would it be to take top Brit honours at Brands?

Paul di Resta:
I'm not there just to be the top Brit - I'm there to win a race. I don't think that I'll necessarily be happy just by beating the other Brits; I'll be happy when I beat everyone else on track. I have 18 other rivals out there, not just the Brits.

Crash.net:
After a season with a two-year old car, you are in a factory spec car this year. How much of a boost is that?

Paul di Resta:
It's a big boost because you are working with the factory team where you have all the latest development parts and are working hard to get the best advantage you can. We are hoping we can put it to good use and stay on top of Audi.

Crash.net:
The title race has tightened up a bit now so how do you feel about the next few events?

Paul di Resta:
I'm confident within myself but it is so difficult to predict what can happen. A lot of it is who can do the best pre-race in terms of development to get the best they can before going to a track. When you get there, there are a lot of different circumstances that can affect what happens. We'll do the best we can at every race.

Crash.net:
There are only two manufacturers in the DTM and team orders have been evident in the past. If you were the leading Mercedes driver in the final few rounds, when do you think you'd get the help of your team-mates?

Paul di Resta:
That isn't for me to decide, it's down to others to decide on. But it's a team effort. I'm not thinking of that.

Crash.net:
There are rumours of a third manufacturer joining the DTM. Would you appreciate the extra competition?

Paul di Resta:
Absolutely. I think it would be great for the championship and would help it to move forwards. It would be nice to get some drivers in and help move the series on.

Crash.net:
Do you regret not getting the chance to follow some of the other F3 Euroseries champions like Lewis into GP2 and Formula 1?

Paul di Resta:
Absolutely. My goal is still Formula 1 but I am enjoying the DTM and it is a great championship to be involved in. But my ultimate goal remains Formula 1 so I am hoping that one day I'll get the chance to do that.

Crash.net:
Do you think you'll stay in the DTM next year?

Paul di Resta:
I'm concentrating on this year just now, so we'll see what comes.