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Mercedes reveals Paffett suffered 38G impact with Rockenfeller

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Mercedes reveals Paffett suffered 38G impact with Rockenfeller
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Jul 6, 2017, 6:42 PM

Mercedes has revealed more details of the massive Norisring DTM accident in which Gary Paffett collected Audi's Mike Rockenfeller.

Crash of Gary Paffett, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM and Mike Rockenfeller, Audi Sport Team Phoenix, Audi RS 5 DTM
The car of Gary Paffett, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM after the crash
Mike Rockenfeller, Audi Sport Team Phoenix, Audi RS 5 DTM after the crash
Gary Paffett Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM after the crash
Mike Rockenfeller, Audi Sport Team Phoenix, Audi RS 5 DTM and Gary Paffett Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM after the crash
The crashed car of Gary Paffett, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM

A brush between Paffett and Jamie Green on the Norisring's kinked main straight during Sunday’s second race sent Paffett's Mercedes into the barriers.

The out of control car then continued towards the track's hairpin first corner and made violent contact with Rockenfeller as he turned in. While Paffett escaped with bruising, Rockenfeller suffered a broken bone in his left foot.

On Thursday Mercedes released data from the crash via its DTM twitter account, along with Paffett's in-car video from the accident.

 

It revealed that he was travelling at 158mph just before the accident began, that his initial hit with the barrier was a 6-8G impact and he then hit Rockenfeller with a 38-40G force.

"I had two hard impacts with the barrier and then later on with Rocky in the corner – it was just really frightening," said Paffett. "It felt like it was never going to stop. It kind of went on forever.

"The car just kept hitting things hard over and over again.

"The medical team at the circuit was really good, and the people at the hospital were amazing. They were very good at their job. They did scans and X-rays, and everything looked OK.

"When I told them how fast I was going when I crashed, they were quite shocked.

"They were quite surprised that I got out of the car without any injuries. I was pretty lucky."

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Series DTM
Event Norisring
Location Norisring
Drivers Gary Paffett , Mike Rockenfeller
Author Matt Beer