Mercedes-Benz driver Gary Paffett is the newly crowned 2005 DTM Champion. For the 24-year old Briton, his third place in the season finale, held at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, five wins and another three podium finishes represented the basis for the biggest success in his career so far. “It was an incredible feeling when I crossed the line,” beamed the new champion. For Mercedes-Benz, the final round of the season turned out to be a true triumph. Bernd Schneider clinched the win, in his 200th DTM race, thus securing his 39th victory in Europe’s most popular touring car series, with his team-mate, Jamie Green (Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes), finishing runner-up in the eleventh and final round of the season.