Di Resta bags first DTM win of 2018 02 | 06 | 2018

    SCOT PAUL DI RESTA scored his first win of the 2018 DTM season when he dominated today’s opener at the Hungaroring. The 32-year-old from Bathgate, who qualified on pole position at the Hungarian track near Budapest, led from start-to-finish to bag the ninth win of his DTM career.

    Former champ Di Resta, who won the corresponding race last year and will make his Le Mans 24-Hours debut later this month, controlled his pace to cross the line 0.587secs ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Lucas Auer.


    “That was really the perfect race,” the Scot, whose win moves him to third in the title race, just 23pts behind leader and fellow Mercedes driver Gary Paffett, said after the 55-minute race.

    “The car’s been amazing. Qualifying on pole, then leading right through the race, it doesn’t get much better than that. Ok, the pitstop wasn’t the best, but we did enough to win.


    “The boys gave me a great car to drive today and it’s good to be able to repay them with our first win of the season. Now we have to focus on the second race on Sunday, It’ll be tough, but we’re up for the fight.”

    Behind the two leading Mercedes, Audi’s Nico Muller finished third, 2.236s behind Di Resta, with Paffett a distant sixth, 12.166s behind the Scot.

    Related: Di Resta to make Le Mans 24-Hours debut

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    Jim McGill


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