Di Resta: “Sometimes, fortune favours the brave.”


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Paul di Resta claimed his first victory in the DTM Series since the opening weekend last year to take his eighth victory in the championship.

Prior to the weekend, Di Resta’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child – ironically, their first child was born just before he won in Hockenheim last year.

“Sometimes, fortune favours the brave. We had bad luck in qualifying today, but then the safety car helped us out. Things have a habit of balancing themselves out.”

A difficult qualifying session saw Di Resta start the race from a lowly P13, during the race the Mercedes driver went aggressive by pitting early on.

This pitting early on strategy is one that has been seen by a number of drivers this season with it often having been the way to go.

“But my tyres also allowed it. We knew we had to take an aggressive approach. But we managed to control the situation. The tyres degrade pretty quickly, and there’s a lot of wear.”

BMW duo of Timo Glock and Bruno Spengler both pitted early on under the safety car, with the former seeking to put pressure on di Resta.

“I held Timo at bay, and he wasn’t close enough to attack. The Audis were a bit unlucky, but today things were running in our favour. Hopefully, that will now kick-start my season.”

Di Resta followed up his victory with sixth in the second race.