Gary Paffett won the opening round of the 2012 DTM at Hockenheim.

Paffett, who started the race from sixth, made up two positions on the opening lap at the expense of Dirk Werner, thanks to a sluggish start from the BMW man and Audi’s Mike Rockenfeller.

It was Paffett’s 18th Victory in the DTM and his fourth at Hockenheim. It was the British driver’s 26th podium in the 82nd DTM race of his career and his seventh in a DTM race at Hockenheim.

“Last year was really bad for me,” Paffett said. “Nevertheless, I didn’t lose my self-confidence. At the start, I managed to stay out of the traffic and the duel with Jamie was really great.”

2012 DTM Hockenheim DE Results:

1. Gary Paffett THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG C-Coupe 1hour 04mins 37.615secs 40 laps
2. Jamie Green Mercedes AMG C-Coupe +04.709s
3. Mattias Ekstrom Red Bull Audi A5 DTM +19.434s
4. Christian Vietoris Mercedes – Benz Bank AMG C-Coupe +25.774s
5. Mike Rockenfeller Schaeffler Audi A5 DTM +27.834s
6. Andy Priaulx Crowne Plaza Hotels BMW M3 DTM +28.435s
7. Ralf Schumacher Mercedes AMG C-Coupe +39.948s
8. David Coulthard DHL Paket Mercedes AMG C-Coupe +43.306s
9. Miguel Molina Red Bull Audi A5 DTM +46.079s
10. Filipe Alberquerque TV Movie Audi A5 DTM +46.614s
11. Edoardo Mortara Playboy Audi A5 DTM +47.253s
12. Susie Wolff TV SPIELFILM Mercedes AMG C-Coupe +51.971s
13. Joey Hand SAMSUNG BMW M3 DTM +1m 08.628s
14. Robert Wickens stern Mercedes AMG C-Coupe +1m 09.027s
15. Augusto Farfus Castrol EDGE BMW M3 DTM +1m 09:556s
16. Rahel Frey E-POSTBRIEF Audi A5 DTM +1m 16.123s
17. Dirk Werner E-POSTBRIEF BMW M3 DTM +1 lap

Rtd. Roberto Merhi Junge Sterne Mercedes AMG C-Coupe 38 laps completed
Rtd. Timo Scheider AUTO TEST Audi A5 DTM 13 laps completed
Rtd. Martin Tomczyk BMW M Performance Zubeh M3 DTM 4 laps completed
Rtd. Adrien Tambay Audi Ultra A5 DTM 3 laps completed
Rtd. Bruno Spengler BMW Bank M3 DTM 3 laps completed

Fastest lap

Gary Paffett THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG C-Coupe 1m 34.901s Lap 31


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