Katherine Legge's hopes of putting previous circuit knowledge to good use in her home DTM round at Brands Hatch were scuppered by things not of her making as mixed conditions made the going tricky.

The Briton's problems started in qualifying when, having been one of the few drivers to set a representative time in the first phase when fellow countryman Gary Paffett brought out the red flags for an incident at the Druids hairpin, she was unable to make it count.

Having made it through to phase two of the timed session along with the other 18 runners as race officials rejigged the session in order to keep the meeting running as close to time as possible, Legge then made a crucial mistake, also at Druids, that spelled the end of her Saturday involvement.

"This was not a good qualifying for me," she admitted, having been consigned to 19th on the grid, "Apparently, my brakes weren't hot enough when I braked into turn two, and the wheels locked. Unfortunately, when this happens at that particular place, there's no stopping the car any more."

Although she would likely have been starting at the back due to the penalty she picked up for contact with Mercedes rival Maro Engel at the Nurburgring, Legge was determined to put on a show for the fans that had gathered to support her as her home track. Early progress was hindered by a problem at her first mandatory pit-stop and, on top of that, she appeared to be something of a magnet for the bumpers of her rivals, culminating in a touch from fellow Briton Susie Stoddart sending her back into the kitty litter at Druids.

"Unfortunately, the race didn't go well - we were simply struck by misfortune," Legge lamented, "In the second and third sectors, our times were pretty good, but, unfortunately, the first pit-stop wasn't.

"Still, we could have been among the top twelve if I hadn't been hit by Mercedes drivers - twice. There was nothing I could do in those situations."

Having managed to avoid being beached in the gravel trap, Legge returned to the fray, but it was already too late to make up for the off, which dropped her being not only Stoddart, but also Engel and Matthias Lauda, who had been behind her at the time of the incident.


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