Scot Di Resta wins DTM at Hockenheim 08 | 05 | 2016

    BATHGATE’S PAUL DI RESTA (pictured) tasted the winner’s champagne for the first time in six years when he won second round of the German Touring Cars Championship (DTM) at Hockenheim.

    The 30-year-old former F1 racer, who started from pole position, dominated the race opening up a sizeable gap to Mercedes team-mate Gary Paffett.

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    The Englishman’s race though was ruined when he received a drive through penalty for an unsafe release in the pits.

    From there, Di Resta — who was fourth in the season-opener on Saturday — had a simple task as he drove away from the BMW of Timo Glock to take the victory by 13.024secs and move to the top of the drivers' championship.

    “This is a fantastic start to the season,” Di Resta, the 2010 DTM champ, beamed today. “We knew coming into the season we had a strong car, and so it’s proved over weekend.

    “Now we need to maintain this level of performance throughout the reminder of the season.”

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    Jim McGill

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