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Susie Stoddart: Q&A.

Susie Stoddart will seek to pick up her first DTM points of the year later this month as the series heads to Brands Hatch for the eighth round of the campaign.

Ahead of her 'home' round, Susie spoke to Crash.net Radio during Mobil 1's DTM preview event at Brooklands about her year to date...


Crash.net:
Are you pleased with your season so far Susie?

Susie Stoddart:
Yeah I think it's been a solid start to the year. I wouldn't say I am overly happy with it but I wouldn't say I am disappointed with it either. There are four races left and there is the chance to get some good results in, but I have made progress and have improved on last year.

The situation changes every year in terms of how quick and how good your car is, but I have done a better job than last year. For me, it is great to have Gary Paffett as a team-mate given he is a past champion and a Formula One test driver. If I can get close to him, I know I am on the limit of the car and am doing a good job.

Crash.net:
You've finished most of the races this year but haven't yet scored. Is that frustrating?

Susie Stoddart:
No. I think it always been my aim to score points but you have to realistic about your chances of achieving that. There are a lot of '07 cars that have scored points and I have been close and put in some good performances. For sure, I want to score points and it's what I'll be working on.

Crash.net:
How tough was the last round at the Nurburgring?

Susie Stoddart:
The race was very late and it was difficult for the teams to know when to call you into the pits. But it was a pretty good race for me. I made a good start and was high up at the start but we probably made a mistake in making a third stop for wet tyres. Overall it was a successful weekend for Mercedes though.

Crash.net:
How much are you looking forward to Brands Hatch?

Susie Stoddart:
For me I don't class Brands Hatch as a home race as its hours away from my hometown in Scotland! But it will be nice to do all my interviews in English and race in front of a home crowd if you can call it that. It is a shame we are on the Indy circuit rather than the GP circuit but it should be a good weekend and Lewis Hamilton is there doing a demonstration which will be great for the fans. We have a strong field of British drivers and I hope we get the people there to watch.

Crash.net:
Do you think the GP circuit would be better for the DTM then?

Susie Stoddart:
I think the drivers would rather have the GP circuit but the DTM is based on the fans and that is what makes it successful. For them, I think it is better to see the cars on the Indy circuit as they can see them all the time and the racing should be tight and close.

Crash.net:
How important is it for Britain to have a round?

Susie Stoddart:
Mercedes support young British talent and there are four British drivers in the nine driver line-up – so it is important to have a round in Britain. We have the chance to show the British fans how good the cars are and what a good championship it is.

Crash.net:
Crowd numbers can be lower than in Germany – is that a worry?

Susie Stoddart:


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Persson Motorsport star Susie Stoddart in 2008 pre-season DTM testing action for Mercedes at Mugello [pic credit: DTM Media]
Paul di Resta - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA  [pic credit Mercedes]
Paul di Resta - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA  [pic credit Mercedes]
Robert Wickens - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA [pic credit Mercedes]
Daniel Juncadella - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA [pic credit Mercedes]
Felix Rosenqvist - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team ART [pic credit Mercedes]
Robert Wickens - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA [pic credit Mercedes]
Lucas Auer - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team Mucke [pic credit Mercedes]
Lucas Auer - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team Mucke [pic credit Mercedes]
Lucas Auer - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team Mucke [pic credit Mercedes]
Robert Wickens - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA [pic credit Mercedes]
Lucas Auer - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team Mucke [pic credit Mercedes
Lucas Auer - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team Mucke [pic credit Mercedes
Christian Vietoris - Mercedes AMG Team Mucke [pic credit DTM]
Christian Vietoris - Mercedes AMG Team Mucke [pic credit DTM]
Robert Wickens - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA [pic credit Mercedes]
Felix Rosenqvist, Mercedes Team ART, DTM [Credit: Mercedes]
Robert Wickens - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA [pic credit DTM]

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