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British driver celebrates home win

Gary Paffett celebrating his win at Brands Hatch Photo:

British racing driver Gary Paffett raced to victory at the British round of the DTM Championship at Brands Hatch this weekend. In just three races Paffett has recorded two wins and a second place finish, which sees him topping the Championship standings, 25 points ahead of his nearest rival.

Saturday afternoon saw one of the most important qualifying sessions of the year as Brands Hatch is known amongst the drivers as the toughest track to overtake on in the calendar.

Paffett set a final qualifying lap time of 41.266 which took pole by almost two tenths – the biggest gap of any qualifying session this year.

On Sunday Paffett made a good start but had to immediately defend from Spengler who had got a flying start off the grid. Paffett was able to hold P1 into turn one and by the end of the first lap was comfortably ahead of the Canadian.

Paffett then began to steadily pull away from Spengler and by the end of lap ten was a second ahead and another twenty laps later had got the gap up to three seconds.

But towards the end of the race the gap down to 1.3 seconds. But the Mercedes driver showed his driving skills to pull away. After 97 laps of racing the chequered flag fell with Paffett taking the win and extending his lead in the Championship.

Paffett said: “It is my first time I have won a DTM race at Brands Hatch and it is a special achievement to do this in front of my home crowd and to give them something to celebrate after all the support they have given me this weekend.

"Brands Hatch is one of the most demanding tracks on the calendar as it is such a short track so keeping your concentration is vital. I didn’t get the best of starts but held my position into turn one and then it was a case of pushing hard throughout the race as Bruno was always there so there was no time to relax."

Paffett currently leads the drivers’ Championship with 68 points with Spengler in second place with 43 points and Mattias Ekstrom in third place with 35 points.