This weekend presented a host of options for motorsport fans – you could take your pick from DTM at Brands Hatch, BTCC at Silverstone or Superleague Formula at Donington Park. But wherever you went, you couldn’t escape the weather.
DTM, with its six British drivers many of whom hadn’t raced in this country for a while, was a big draw. Here’s a summary of how they all did:
- Paul di Resta: Narrowly missed out on victory after a race-long scrap with eventual victor Timo Scheider which saw the German driver never extend his lead beyond two seconds.
- Jamie Green: Brought his Mercedes home in fourth place, failing to trouble Audi’s Mattias Ekstrom for the last podium place. Was challenged briefly by Audi’s Martin Tomczyk in fifth, but mostly had an uneventful time of it.
- Gary Paffett: Proved his ‘best of the rest’ label once again by securing the final point in his year-old Mercedes, finishing a place higher than by rights he should have done.
- Oliver Jarvis: Came home 12th in his year-old Audi – an uninspiring race in which he continually lost ground to better-equipped rivals.
- Susie Stoddart: Brought her year-old Mercedes home 18th out of 19 drivers after a succession of troubles including time lost in traffic, understeer and a 30-second penalty.
- Katherine Legge: Her first race in the UK for four years in a two-year-old Audi is probably one she’d rather forget. From a lock-up in qualifying to an unsuccessful pitstop and contact with two Mercedes drivers, the weekend just wouldn’t go her way.
McLaren F1 driver Lewis Hamilton was present for the race, watching from the pit wall alongside Mercedes-Benz motorsport director Norbert Haug.
He said: “Here, you can hardly overtake, and even less, when the man in front of you is just as fast. Scheider did a very good job.”