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Gary PaffettGary Paffett delivered a sensational performance on home soil at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit on Sunday during the second round of the DTM season to slice his way through to the podium from 11th on the grid – although a post-race judicial decision dropped the British star to sixth place.

After a difficult qualifying session on Saturday, the EURONICS Mercedes AMG C-Coupe driver would have been satisfied with a top six result – particularly on a circuit with such limited overtaking opportunities – but after a stunning drive to third he did depart the Kent venue disappointed.

Qualifying proved incredibly frustrating for Paffett, and the Mercedes camp as a whole, after being knocked out of the pole position battle in Q2. Although relatively happy with the balance of his car, the 2005 DTM Champion only just managed to make it through into the second run with the 16th fastest time – albeit only 0.3 seconds shy of the pace.

Missing out on the Q3 cut with the 12th quickest time in session two, the best of the Mercedes-Benz drivers, he moved up the grid into 11th position when pole qualifier Martin Tomczyk was excluded after his car was found to be underweight.

Opting to run an aggressive race strategy, Paffett made his first pit-stop on lap four to switch from the standard Hankook tyres to the softer ‘option’ rubber and emerged in clear air which afforded him a great opportunity to reel off some rapid lap times.

Climbing from 17th after his stop into the top six prior to his second mandatory tyre change, the Bromley-born driver rejoined the race in 16th and charged through the order once again. When all of the pit-stops had played out, Paffett was into the top three and after seeing off the chasing pack he took the flag on lap 98 celebrating his first podium of 2013.

However, as one of six drivers deemed not to have slowed sufficiently in a yellow flag zone, Paffett was given a five second time penalty post-race which pushed him back to sixth – a bitter blow after a superb performance by driver and team. He did, though, have the consolation of fastest lap.

Gary Paffett:
“As a team, Mercedes seemed to struggle in qualifying. I just made it into Q2 and I got everything I could from the car, I pushed as hard as I’ve ever pushed in a qualifying session – I hardly took a breath out there! The balance of the car was OK, it was quite nice to drive, but we just lacked speed.

“After qualifying we would have been happy with sixth but after the job I did in the race, it is disappointing to have the podium taken away. It’s difficult to know the reference they take [judging if drivers have slowed sufficiently under yellow flags], I slowed enough I thought but not as much as was needed. Our strategy was good, we went aggressive with the first stop and the performance of the car was good in race conditions. We have a good race car but just need to improve qualifying.”
Red Bull Ring in Austria will host round three of the DTM season over the weekend 1st/2nd June.

Isaac TutumluImportant meeting for Isaac Tutumlu with teams and manufacturers taking part in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters competing in Valencia this weekend. The Spaniard driver of Kurdish heritage is working on his chances for joining the series in coming years.

Isaac Tutumlu keeps working on his professional motorsport career for the forthcoming years and, after participating recently in the Porsche Supercup, World Touring Car Championship and, two weeks ago, in the Endurance Trophy IberGT, he has travelled this weekend to Valencia. But this time he isn´t racing but to meet the main manufacturers and teams from Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, one of the most important motorsport championships around the world. Tutumlu, who posted the fastest lap ever for a Porsche-built car at Circuit de Valencia two weeks ago, keeps improving his career achievements step by step.

“This weekend is really worth for my professional career, even when I´m not racing this time. My development as a racing driver is steady and more and more teams are watching me. In Valencia I have a number of meetings with current manufacturers and teams from DTM. It´s an attempt to know better this championship, one of the most important ones now,. Maybe only Formula 1 is catching more attention nowadays”, Tutumlu said, adding that “there are three very strong manufacturers officially involved: Mercedes, Audi and BMW. And there are prospects indicating that it is getting even stronger in the future”.

Tutumlu, who is 27 years old, finally explained that “I have no doubts DTM is one of my goals, and I would like to join the series. Now it´s the moment to work as hard as possible and then consider our options in two or three years time. I am backed by Kurdistan, my sponsors and Agencia CROA, and everyone is very important for me. I appreciate their effort and to tell them I´m going to try my best to be successful in motorsport”.