Team Rosberg’s Jamie Green was the man that had a potential chance at the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) drivers’ title this season, and took four wins this year, despite issues plaguing his assault on the drivers’ title.
All the triumphs for the Monaco-based Briton happened at the Hockenheimring, which included the final race of the year. This helped the Audi driver in securing his best result in the DTM standings so far, finishing second overall in his 11th season.
“The race today was good. My start was pretty poor to be honest, expecting for cars to pass me on both sides before turn 1, but that didn’t happen fortunately,” explained the Audi driver at the final DTM press conference of the season.
He finished ahead of Mattias Ekström and Edoardo Mortara, leading a clean sweep of the final podium of the year for Ingolstadt.
“I got a lot of wheelspin off the line and Gary was just gone. I had to defend a bit into the hairpin, but I don’t remember exactly who was behind me at that point, it might have been Maxime Martin,” said Green, who was able to break the Drag Reduction System assistance of Gary Paffett early on.
“I could see that I had a lot more speed than Maxime behind me and Gary in front, so I caught Gary really quickly with the DRS. I had it to the hairpin down the braking zone, and then was able to use it for the rest of the lap to pull out a one second gap.
“I was really happy about that, as yesterday, I was in front of Maxime, who had DRS the whole race, and I know how hard it is to break it.”
With the fact that Audi Sport were in the running to have a repeat performance of stealing the manufacturers’ crown from BMW Motorsport for the second year in succession, Green now heads into the winter with positive momentum, ahead of a fourth season with Ingolstadt.