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 |  Feb 29 2012, 12:31 PM

Mercedes-Benz motorsport has again turned to Racer David Coulthard this year to pilot some new AMG wheels for the DTM season.

The 40-year old Coulthard will be starting his third year in DTM with Mercedes-Benz in the new AMG C-Class Coupe, rather than his previous car the AMG C-Class Sedan. He will be right at home with the C-Coupe’s paddle shifters, which are very similar to the F1 cars he used to drive. Back in the day, Coulthard picked up 13 F1 wins.

“My first impressions of our DTM Mercedes AMG C‑Coupé are very positive – especially the paddle shift on the steering wheel which I know very well from my time in Formula One,” said David, clearly excited about the new cars features.

This new car is replacing the AMG Mercedes C-Class, which is the most successful vehicle in the 27-year history of the DTM with 84 victories from 156 races.

The 2012 C-Class Coupe will wear new graphics to support Coulthard’s charity foundation “Wings for Life” which aims to find a cure for paraplegia caused by spinal cord injuries.