Paul di Resta took his second race win in a row in the Oschersleben round of the DTM championship, after recovering from a disastrous pit stop.

Paul di Resta took back-to-back wins The Scot led the race from the start, but a slow pit stop saw him lose three seconds and hand the race lead to his HWA Mercedes team-mate Bruno Spengler.

Di Resta’s cause was helped by Spengler making his second pit stop early to counter the improving pace of Audi’s Timo Scheider, but the plan failed when Scheider was able to leapfrog Spengler.

Di Resta – still to stop for the second time – was out in front, with Scheider in second place.

Showing great aggression to recover the time lost in the pits, the Scot put in a series of fast laps on worn tyres, which would have allowed him the chance of retaining his lead from Scheider.

Timo Scheider was a candidate for a win until a puncture intervened But this became rather academic when Scheider tragically suffered a left-rear puncture – seemingly caused when he ran wide exiting the fast esses – that killed his race and his championship aspirations.

Scheider’s unscheduled pit stop promoted Spengler to second place, while Mattias Ekström was promoted to third place, but coming under close attention from Gary Paffett.

Paffett had himself had a troubled race, after the Race Stewards inexplicably decided that he should relinquish the place he’d taken from Martin Tomczyk on the opening lap, a move that involved a little bit of panel-rubbing. However, the McLaren test driver got his revenge by jumping Tomczyk and Mike Rockenfeller during the pit stops.

 

DTM Oschersleben Final Classification (50 laps):

  Driver   Team Result
1. Paul di Resta GBR HWA Team Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2009 1:11:05.254
2. Bruno Spengler CDN HWA Team Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2009 + 1.271
3. Mattias Ekström SWE ABT Sportsline Audi A4 2009 + 3.562
4. Gary Paffett GBR HWA Team Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2009 + 4.602
5. Mike Rockenfeller DEU Team Phoenix Audi A4 2008 + 21.896
6. Alexandre Prémat FRA Team Phoenix Audi A4 2008 + 26.001
7. Jamie Green GBR Persson Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2008 + 26.709
8. Martin Tomczyk DEU ABT Sportsline Audi A4 2009 + 30.251
9. Ralf Schumacher DEU HWA Team Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2009 + 35.541
10. Susie Stoddart GBR Persson Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2008 + 51.086
11. Timo Scheider DEU ABT Sportsline Audi A4 2009 + 56.715
12. Maro Engel DEU Mücke Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2008 + 1:00.734
13. Oliver Jarvis GBR ABT Sportsline Audi A4 2009 + 1:12.896
14. David Coulthard GBR Mücke Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2008 + 1:15.711
  Not Classified      
  Katherine Legge GBR Team Rosberg Audi A4 2008 22 laps
  Markus Winkelhock DEU Team Rosberg Audi A4 2008 3 laps
  Congfu Cheng CHI Persson Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2008 1 lap
  Miguel Molina ESP ABT Sportsline Audi A4 2008 0 laps

[Original images via AUTOSPORT]

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