Force Indias Di Resta takes DTM title 29 Nov 2010
Force Indias reserve driver Paul di Resta became 2010 DTM champion on Sunday after finishing second in the season finale of the prestigious German touring car series. The Scot now hopes his success will boost his chances of an F1 race seat next year.
Di Resta went into the Shanghai event trailing series leader Bruno Spengler by three points. But while Spengler endured a nightmare weekend at the Chinese street circuit, Di Resta kept his cool to follow Mercedes team mate (and McLaren reserve and 2005 DTM champion) Gary Paffett home, securing enough points to overhaul the Canadian.
After starting from pole, Di Resta led the opening part of the race, before slipping behind Paffett after a delay during his first pit stop. Afterwards, he paid tribute to the role his father has played in his motorsport career to date.
"This championship is great for me and the team, but it's especially important to my family, my supporters and, most importantly, my dad," he told his official website. "He was the one who gave me the opportunity to go racing when I was a kid and if it hadn't been for his commitment and belief, I wouldn't be where I am today."
Di Resta was among the busiest F1 test drivers this season, getting Friday outings at no less than eight Grands Prix with Force India, prompting speculation that the team could consider him as a potential replacement for Adrian Sutil or Vitantonia Liuzzi next season.
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