Starting from second on the grid Paffett enjoyed a rocket of a start, passing team-mate Christian Vietoris on the first corner. Meanwhile, Mike Rockenfeller’s Audi RS 5 DTM came in on lap three to switch from standard to the softer ‘option’ tyres, which saw him jump from sixth to second position leapfrogging Vietoris. Paffett pitted for harder rubber and came back out with his lead intact, eventually finishing the race almost seven seconds ahead of Rockenfeller.
Polesitter Vietoris took third, while Robert Wickens, who had initially been looking good for a podium place, couldn’t stay with the pack on standard tyres and had to settle for fourth. Jamie Green came home fifth – his best since signing for Audi.
BMW saw a reversal of its recent form, with Bruno Spengler’s sixth the best it could muster. Spengler now shares the championship lead with Mike Rockenfeller on 59 points but is classed as second due to countback.
“After a disappointing start to the season, the team has worked tirelessly in recent weeks and this victory is the best reward for all the hard work of our team,” said the race winner.
DTM Lausitz results
1. G Paffett HWA Mercedes 1h09m58.562s
2. M Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi +6.800s
3. C Vietoris HWA Mercedes +11.510s
4. R Wickens HWA Mercedes +12.790s
5. J Green Abt Audi +14.138s
6. D Juncadella Mucke Mercedes +19.462s
7. B Spengler Schnitzer BMW +21.592s
8. M Ekstrom Abt Audi +21.621s
9. E Mortara Rosberg Audi +24.715s
10. R Merhi HWA Mercedes +25.643s
11. A Tambay Abt Audi +27.968s
12. A Farfus RBM BMW +34.178s
13. D Werner Schnitzer BMW +38.000s
14. T Glock MTEK BMW +49.305s
15. J Hand RBM BMW +53.321s
16. M Molina Phoenix Audi +58.882s
17. P Wehrlein Mucke Mercedes +59.948s
18. F Albuquerque Rosberg Audi +1m03.083s
19. M Tomczyk RMG BMW +1m03.107s
20. T Scheider Abt Audi +1m08.006s
21. M Wittmann MTEK BMW -1 lap
22. A Priaulx RMG BMW -1 lap