|Gary Paffett yesterday finished third in the final round at the Hockenheim circuit in Germany to become the first ever British driver to win the DTM title. The 24-year-old, racing for the Mercedes-Benz team, registered five victories on his way to the championship.
In front of the same crowd, Lewis Hamilton demonstrated the supremacy he has shown all season to emerge a dominant winner of the F3 Euroseries for the ASM team. At Hockenheim, 20-year-old Lewis won both races to complete a season in which he has won 15 of 20 rounds. His title success follows that of fellow British driver Jamie Green in 2004 and Jamie himself was a front-runner this year in his first DTM season with Mercedes-Benz.
Colin Hilton, MSA Chief Executive, comments: “The achievements of both Gary and Lewis are truly outstanding and hugely significant for UK motor sport. What is especially pleasing is that these are two young drivers who began their careers in UK karting.
“Their success is proof of the talent that UK motor sport is currently producing and also a great inspiration for all young drivers currently racing in the junior categories in the UK.”