Premat, Paffet star in `used` cars.

Alexandre Premat and Gary Paffett consolidated their status as the best 'privateer' drivers in their respective Audi and Mercedes teams as they battled to a third and fourth place finish at Le Mans.

For Premat, it was a return to the podium for the first time since his second place finish at Zandvoort in 2007 after an exciting, if often bruising, race where consistency became just as important as speed.

After a tense tussle with Paul di Resta early on, Premat went on to edge Paffett in the closing stages to ensure that he would be standing on the podium for his home race.

"A fantastic weekend! Standing on the podium at my home race makes me very proud. My team and I gave everything in qualifying and the race and were rewarded by third place. My team did everything right in terms of strategy so that I was able to attack at any time during the race."

Paffett, meanwhile, was delighted to finish fourth after being knocked out the first segment of qualifying, the Brit showing his experience with a perfect strategy that saw him running as high as third at one point.

“To end up fourth after starting 16th is a nice result. I was even third in between and almost made it to the podium, but in the end Prémat was a little bit faster. I thank my team for the perfect strategy today.”

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Audi DTM star Alex Premat in pre-season testing action at Oschersleben in early 2008 [pic credit: DTM Media]
Pascal Wehrlein - gooix Mercedes C-Coupe [pic credit DTM Media]
Marco Wittmann (GER), BMW Team RMG, DTM [Credit: DTM]
DTM - Zandvoort [pic credit DTM Media]
DTM - Nurburgring [pic credit DTM Media]
Nico Muller - Rosberg Audi RS 5 DTM [pic credit Audi Media]
Lucas Auer - Mercedes AMG C63 DTM [pic credit Mercedes Media]
Jamie Green - Rosberg Audi [pic credit Audi Media]
Dieter Gass, Audi Sport, DTM [Credit: Audi Sport]
DTM - Hockenheimring [pic credit DTM Media]
ART Grand Prix, DTM [Credit: Mercedes-Benz DTM]
Gotz at Mercedes
Esteban Ocon poses with the Mercedes DTM car at Jerez. Pic credit: Daimler
Charles Pic poses next to a Mercedes DTM car at Jerez. Pic credit: Daimler
AMG Mercedes C-Coupe [pic credit Mercedes]
AMG Mercedes C-Coupe [pic credit DTM Media]

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