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Gary Paffett
Gary Paffett
Driver Details
Nationality Flag of Britain British
Date of Birth 31/08/1981
Date of Death Unknown
Début Nürburgring 2003
Championships 1 (2005)
2014 Position 22nd (5pts)
Wins 20
First Win Hockenheim 2004
Previous Teams Team Rosberg
Persson Motorsport
HWA AG
DTM Career
Total Entries 129 (129 Starts)
Pole Positions 11
Fastest Laps 8
Total Points

637.5

Current Season
Team ART Grand Prix
Car Mercedes C63 DTM
Number Standings Points
2 9th 89
PAF 15 Livery
Gary Paffett is a British racing driver and former DTM champion, having taken the 2005 crown.[1] Paffett competes for Mercedes-Benz and ART Grand Prix in the 2015 DTM Championship, using the #2 Mercedes C63 DTM.[1]

Current SeasonEdit

Paffett took a third place, from 23rd on the grid, in the second race of the season opening DTM Festival, after retiring from the first race on Saturday.[1] 

BackgroundEdit

Paffett's career began with two seasons of karting in the mid-1990s, before he stepped into the Formula Vauxhall Junior Championship.[1] Taking that title on his second attempt, he took the full Vauxhall Championship in 1999, before taking the Scholarship Class in British Formula 3 in 2000.[1] He followed that victory with two seasons in the German Formula 3 Championship, taking the title on his second attempt.[1]

DTM HistoryEdit

Paffett was drafted into the Mercedes-Benz DTM programme after the start of the 2003, replacing Patrick Huisman at Team Rosberg at the Nürburgring.[2] It took until the second meeting at the Nürburgring that season for Paffett to score a point, ending the season with four points.[2] Three wins in the 2004 campaign, combined with a victory at the non-championship round in Shanghai, took Paffett to second in the championship.[2] His three wins came at Hockenheim, the Norisring and the Nürburgring.[2]

Master and McLarenEdit

Victories at the Lausitzring, Oschersleben, Norisring, Zandvoort and Istanbul saw Paffett take the 2005 DTM Championship.[2] His greatest achievement earned him a test driver role at the McLaren Formula One team for 2006, with the Brit leaving the DTM to fulfill his F1 ambitions.[2] After a full years testing, however, restrictions in F1 meant that tests from 2007 onwards, would be increasingly limited, allowing Paffett to focus on the DTM (and F1 testing) once again in 2007.[2]

It took just two races for Paffett to rediscover his title winning pace, with victory at Oschersleben.[2] However, it was his only victory that year with Persson Motorsport and a year old Mercedes C-Class, which rather set the tone for 2008.[2] Without a win in 2008, Paffett was moved to the HWA team for 2009, taking on the role as Mercedes' lead driver.[2]

Mercedes' leading lightEdit

Paffett's 2009 campaign saw him fall just four points short of Timo Scheider's total, having won four races.[2] Victories at the Lausitzring, Zandvoort, Dijon and Hockenheim were followed by a similarly successful 2010 campaign.[2] Hockenheim, Zandvoort and Shanghai victories went to Paffett that season, before a barren 2011 season.[2]

Runner-up in 2012 saw Paffett take victories at Hockenheim and at his home race at Brands Hatch.[2] Yet, with Paffett unable to stand on the top step of the podium again that season saw him fall short of former teammate Bruno Spengler's championship winning total.[2] 2013 saw yet another victory for Paffett at the Lausitzring, although it was to be his last for at least two years.[2]

Paffett took over the development of the Mercedes C63 DTM during 2014, a fact that seriously harmed his points tally for the season.[2] His work paid off, however, with Paffett returning to the podium at the first round of the 2015 season.[2]

Full DTM RecordEdit

Paffett's full results from his 129 starts in the DTM are outlined in a series of tables below.

DTM EntriesEdit

The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Paffett during his DTM career:

Gary Paffett's Overall DTM Record
Year Entrant No. Car Pos. Pts.
2003 Flag of Germany Team Rosberg 24 AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM 2002 11th 4
2004 Flag of Germany HWA Team 7 AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2004 2nd 57
2005 Flag of Germany HWA Team 3 AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2005 1st 84
2007 Flag of Germany Persson Motorsport 9 AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2006 9th 20.5
2008 Flag of Germany Persson Motorsport 7 AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2007 9th 13
2009 Flag of Germany HWA Team 10 AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2009 2nd 59
2010 Flag of Germany HWA Team 3 AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2009 2nd 67
2011 Flag of Germany HWA Team 2 AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2009 7th 25
2012 Flag of Germany HWA Team 11 Mercedes C-Coupé 2nd 145
2013 Flag of Germany HWA Team 3 Mercedes C-Coupé 6th 69
2014 Flag of Germany HWA Team 11 Mercedes C-Coupé 22nd 5
2015 Flag of France ART Grand Prix 2 Mercedes C63 DTM 9th 89
2016 Flag of France ART Grand Prix 2 Mercedes C63 DTM

Career ResultsEdit

Below is a table showing Gary Paffett's full DTM record.

DTM Championship Record
Year Rounds Pts. Pos.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
2003 Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Dutch Flag Flag of Germany 4 11th
Ret 15th Ret 9th 8th 6th 12th 18th
2004 Flag of Germany Flag of Portugal Flag of Italy Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of China Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of the Czech Republic Flag of Germany 57 2nd
1st 13th 4th DSQ 1st 1st 1st 4th 4th 3rd 3rd
2005 Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of the Czech Republic Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Germany Flag of Turkey Flag of Germany 84 1st
2nd 1st 8th 4th 1st 1st 3rd 1st 2nd 1st 3rd
2007 Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Dutch Flag Flag of Germany Flag of Spain Flag of Germany 20.5 9th
8th 1st 8th 10th 4th Ret 9th 12th 5th Ret
2008 Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Germany Flag of Britain Flag of Spain Flag of France Flag of Germany 13 9th
7th 11th 12th 10th DSQ 11th 4th 8th 11th 4th 11th
2009 Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Britain Flag of Spain Flag of France Flag of Germany 59 2nd
Ret 1st 5th 1st 5th 8th 4th 4th 1st 1st
2010 Flag of Germany Flag of Spain Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of China 67 2nd
1st 7th 5th 6th 3rd 1st 5th 4th 4th 2nd 1st
2011 Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Austria Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Spain Flag of Germany 25 7th
6th 9th 8th 4th Ret 10th 8th 4th 4th 8th 5th
2012 Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Britain Flag of Austria Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Germany Flag of Spain Flag of Germany 145 2nd
1st 2nd 1st 3rd 4th 3rd 6th 7th 2nd Ret 2nd
2013 Flag of Germany Flag of Britain Flag of Austria Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Germany 69 6th
4th 6th 9th 1st 18th 5th 17th 6th 9th 9th
2014 Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of Austria Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Germany 5 22nd
12th 8th Ret 12th 16th 17th 16th 13th 19th 10th
2015 Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Austria Flag of Russia Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany 89 9th
Ret 3rd 23rd Ret 3rd 7th 11th 10th 7th 2nd 7th 6th Ret 13th 4th Ret Ret 9th
Results Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Second DSQ Disqualified
3rd Third DNS Did Not Start
7th Points Scorer NC Not Classified
Italics Qualifying Race C Race Cancelled
16th Non-points finish Non-Championship Race

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 'Gary Paffett', dtm.com, (DTM, 2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/driver/gary-paffett?language=en-gb, (Accessed 14/05/2015)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 'Gary Paffett', wikipedia.org, (Wikipedia, 06/05/2015), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Paffett, (Accessed 14/05/2015)

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