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Return to happy hunting ground for Gary Paffett

Posted 16th May 2017

After a successful season-opening weekend in Hockenheim, Gary Paffett heads to the Lausitzring this weekend looking to continue his good start to the year. History perhaps favours the 36-year-old as well, as he proudly boasts the joint most successful record at the track of all DTM drivers.

Wins in 2005, 2009 and 2013 see Gary join DTM legend Bernd Schneider at the top of the list of winners at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz – also stepping onto the podium a further two times as runner-up. Mercedes-AMG is the most successful brand at the Lausitzring; with a total of 12 victories - which they’ll be looking to add to their record as they return this weekend.

On the back of his thrilling performance at Hockenheim two weeks ago, Gary travels to the Motorsport Festival Lausitzring in third position in the Drivers’ Championship with 26 points to his name and his Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes me team 3rd in the Team Championship – despite Gary making up all the team’s points.

The 3.48-kilometre circuit has been an annual fixture on the DTM calendar since 2001 and, having been redsigned in 2007, the DTM circuit now benefits from an increased overtaking opportunity at turn one.

After a fifth place finish for Gary at the track last year, the Fitbit-sponsored driver believes Mercedes can have another strong weekend at the Lausitzring.

“After a pretty successful Hockenheim, I'm excited about getting back in the car at the Lausitzring. It's a circuit I have already won on a few times. We had a pretty good race weekend there last year as well. I'm really looking forward to getting back on track at Lausitzring and hoping to score good points in both races there.”

Ulrich Fritz, Head of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM, is ‘cautiously optimistic’ heading into the weekend.

"After a successful and action-packed weekend at Hockenheim, we are now looking forward to the second race weekend of the season at the Lausitzring. I'm hopeful that we are going to see racing of the same fantastic quality as we witnessed in the first two races. In any case, we are feeling cautiously optimistic. We know that we have a fast car, with regard to basic speed, but we have to see how much this works to our benefit on different tracks.”

The weekend kicks off with free practice on Friday and with races on Saturday and Sunday, where Gary will be hoping that one of his happiest hunting grounds will provide the scene for more success this weekend.