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di Resta finally kick-starts 2009 into gear with Brands victory

At the re-start, it was Scheider rather than di Resta who was found wanting, as the West Lothian-born ace sprinted away from his rival. Legge received a drive-through penalty for releasing Scheider and Tomczyk but not fourth-placed Paffett, who now had the charging Ekström right on his tail. Just 1.6 seconds separated the two leaders with 13 laps remaining, but no sooner had the action got underway again than it was halted once more, with a substantial accident for the luckless Kristensen at McLaren, as 'Mr Le Mans' speared off the track and ended his race firmly embedded in the circuit's tyre barriers.

At the same time, Markus Winkelhock spun at Druids further down the order, sending Schumacher sideways and broadside into Maro Engel, who he literally T-boned and bulldozed out of his way in his efforts to rejoin the track, though how such behaviour will be viewed by the pair's employer Mercedes remains to be seen. The ensuing chaos brought the safety car out for a second time, and with the clock rapidly ticking down, by the time the action resumed there was long enough just for two more laps.

As di Resta paced himself onto the chequered flag for a famous triumph, Scheider backed off and settled for second and a further step towards holding onto his hard-fought title, with Tomczyk making it three podium finishes in succession in third. Paffett just held off the attacking Ekström for fourth, with Spengler, Mike Rockenfeller and Jarvis rounding out the points-scorers, the latter benefitting from the late-race mêlée just ahead of him to leapfrog his rivals and snatch the final marker.

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Paul di Resta - AMG Mercedes C-Class [pic credit: DTM Media]
Pascal Wehrlein - gooix Mercedes C-Coupe [pic credit DTM Media]
Pascal Wehrlein - gooix Mercedes C-Coupe [pic credit DTM Media]
Timo Scheider - Phoenix Audi [pic credit DTM Media]
Jamie Green - Rosberg Audi [pic credit DTM Media]
Pascal Wehrlein - gooix Mercedes C-Coupe [pic credit Mercedes]
Vitaly Petrov - Mucke Mercedes [pic credit DTM Media]
Gary Paffett - HWA Mercedes [pic credit DTM Media]
Paul di Resta - AMG Mercedes [pic credit DTM Media]
Timo Scheider - Phoenix Audi [pic credit DTM Media]
Pascal Wehrlein - gooix Mercedes C-Coupe [pic credit Mercedes]
Pascal Wehrlein - gooix Mercedes C-Coupe AMG [DTM Media]
Pascal Wehrlein - gooix Mercedes C-Coupe AMG [DTM Media]
Robert Wickens - HWA Mercedes [pic credit: DTM Media]
Robert Wickens - HWA Mercedes [pic credit: DTM Media]
Jamie Green - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Mike Rockenfeller - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Robert Wickens - Mercedes AMG [pic credit: DTM Media]

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AlecX

September 06, 2009 8:39 PM

Bashing Ralf never gets boring. He certainly doesn't deserve an 09 car as he's consistently the worst 09 driver. Surely Merc won't keep him on next year, the man is a joke! Well done to di Resta though, now he's a good driver, Ralf take note...



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