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Gary Paffett Added To Autosport International Guest List

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Gary Paffett is the latest name to be added to the guest list for Autosport International 2014.

The Mercedes-Benz DTM driver – who became the first Briton to win the DTM crown in 2005 – and test driver for the McLaren Mercedes Formula One Team will be interviewed on the Autosport International stage at Birmingham’s NEC on Saturday 11th January.

Paffett is one of the UK’s best racers, with multiple championship victories to his name, including the DTM, International F3000 and British & German F3, as well as being crowned the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year in 1999.

Since making his DTM debut in 2003, the Bromley-born driver has been one of the series most successful competitors, finishing second in his first full season (2004), before taking the crown a year later. He has finished second in the standings a further three times, and will return to the series next year having finished sixth at the end of the 2013 campaign.

“Autosport International has always marked the start of the motorsport season for me and I’m looking forward to meeting fellow racing enthusiasts and drivers, as well as taking a look around the halls to see what we can expect next year,” said Paffett, who has worked with McLaren since 2006, making him one of the longest serving Formula One test drivers. “With the UK no longer on the DTM calendar, it’s a great opportunity to catch-up with the fans.”

“As someone trusted to assist McLaren’s development programme, Gary’s talent both on the track and when preparing for it is evident,” added Autosport International Show Director, Ian France. “We look forward to welcoming him at the show, where he will answer fan questions on home soil.”

Paffett joins a long list of motorsport names attending Autosport International between January 9-12, including John Surtees, Martin Brundle, Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish, Adrian Sutil and Andrew Jordan.

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