Di Resta storms to DTM winposted in DTM18 | 06 | 2017

    BATHGATE’S PAUL DI RESTA stormed through the field at the Hungaroring to win his first race in the DTM Championship for more than a year,

    Starting from 13th on the grid for the opening race in Hungary, the 31-year-old Scot took advantage of an early stop strategy and a well-timed safety car period to seal his victory for Mercedes.

    “It’s great to be back on the top step of the podium,” Di Resta, who finished 1.393secs ahead of the BMW of Timo Glock, said. “I managed my tyres very well through the second stint, and that allowed me to maintain my pace.

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    “It looked close at the end, but I was always in control. I knew what the gap to Timo was, so I was never in any doubt the win was mine.”

    And the 2010 DTM champ, whose last win in the series was in the 2016 season opener at Hockenheim, dedicated his victory to his wife Laura and their daughter Perla who was born last Monday.

    Starting 12th in today’s second DTM race in Hungary, Di Resta finished sixth, and highest-placed Mercedes driver. The race was won by Audi’s Rene Rast.

    Related: Di Resta sets new DTM lap recod

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    Jim McGill

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