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Green dominates to take Hockenheim victory
23 October 2011
Britain's Jamie Green has won the Hockenheim DTM finale after a seemingly effortless performance with the Mercedes man finishing a handful of seconds ahead of newly crowned DTM champion Martin Tomcyzk, who in turn led home podium new boy Miguel Molina.
The Brit's only win of the year remains no less important as Green will now be cemented in Mercedes and DTM history after becoming the final driver to take a win whilst driving the Mercedes C-Class, an icon in which has graced the DTM in recent years.
“Today, I have given everything and it worked out perfectly. I am very proud to have scored a win at the end of the era of this car. My AMG Mercedes C-Class was fantastic today. I hope to be racing again for Mercedes-Benz in the DTM in 2012,” Green said.
Green had looked relatively competitive all weekend and subsequently put his C-Class on the front row alongside Audi's Miguel Molina who enjoyed a bumper weekend in his old spec Audi A4 following the Spaniard's maiden pole position and podium.
Green took control of the race right from the start with the Brit making a textbook start from P2 while Molina could only light up his tyres from his shoddy start, dropping him behind Tomcyzk to third.
Tomczyk, for the first time in recent races was able to enjoy much more of a straightforward race. Something the newly crowned champion was able to utilise and subsequently finish second. The German, however, conceded that Green and his Mercedes were simply too quick.
“Today, I really enjoyed driving without pressure Still, I want to say goodbye to the fans after this season in a decent way. I couldn't find a way past Jamie today, but second place is very good, too. Now, we will celebrate the title, of course, flat-out,” added the champion.
The front three remained in status- quo for much of the race with the exception of the pit stops. Green only relinquishing his lead momentarily to Molina as the Spaniard adopted a slightly different strategy in order to maintain his third position over Audi team-mate Mike Rockenfeller.
Although Green gave Mercedes the win they craved, the remaining three pointed star cars didn't get much of a look in with the exception of Britain's Gary Paffett who came in fifth after a disappointing campaign.
Audi provided a near lockout of the points with six of the top eight points paying places going to an A4 driver.
Audi Team Abt Sportsline's Rockenfeller and Mattias Ekstrom contributed to Audi's perfect season with the pairs fourth and sixth place finishes good enough for the team to take the overall DTM teams championship.
Ekstrom's sixth place also gave the Swede the three points' he needed in order to jump Mercedes' Bruno Spengler to second place in the championship. A result in which nobody can deny the Swede after a luckless few seasons following his previous championship success.
Former double DTM champion Timo Scheider has also endured a difficult 2011 campaign, his seventh place finish does well to sum up his season, unfulfilled after showing promising pace.
It's the same story for Britain's Oliver Jarvis who came into this season expecting so much; however the Brit could only manage eighth at the finale leaving him a distant tenth in the championship.
Spengler rounded off his faltering campaign outside the points finishing just 0.4s off Jarvis and heading home rookie Filipe Alburquerque who finished tenth in his Audi.
Ralf Schumacher and David Coulthard rounded off another lacklustre showing from the former F1 aces with Schumacher finishing eleventh while a botched pit stop from Coulthard saw him finish 17th over a lap behind the leaders.
DTM now goes into its winter break which should provide everyone involved with the series anything but a break as the German tin-top championship enters a new era. Winter will play host to a ferocious testing programme for all three of the manufacturers as the development of cars will remain pivotal in deciding the course of next year's championship. Come the end of April, we'll truly find out who will lead into the new era.
by Simon Evans
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