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Green: My heart just sank...

Jamie Green admitted he was 'gutted' to have missed out on his maiden victory in the DTM after a late error prevented him from securing a home win at Brands Hatch.

The Mercedes driver, taking over the mantle of leading Brit in the series from defending champion Gary Paffett, had given the fans reason to cheer as he ran second behind Audi driver Tom Kristensen – hitting the front when the Le Mans legend went off at Clearways with 17 laps remaining.

However the race was to have a sting in the tail for Green as – in much the same way that Andy Priaulx lost a home win in the WTCC meeting – he went off track while leading to lose top spot, a trip across the grass at Graham Hill Bend enough to let Mattias Eskstrom through into first place.

“It was really a two way fight between myself and Tom for most of the race and then he started to slow in the last stint,” Green told Crash.net Radio afterwards. “We both had quite early stops which meant the last stint was very long on the last set of tyres. Tom retired which put me into the lead and Mattias was catching me slightly.

“The team was informing me of the gap and I think I pushed a little bit too hard to try and maintain the gap rather than allowing him to catch me and then dealing with the problem. It is hard to overtake here and I should have just kept my position and allowed him to catch as he probably wouldn't have got past. I'm disappointed to have made the mistake and lost my first win.

“My heart sank when I went off and I was really gutted. It's hard to carry on and deal with that situation when you are in it. Obviously I was very upset and it is hard to deal with.”

Despite the disappointment of missing a home victory, Green now stands third in the title race, eleven points behind series leader Bernd Schneider who claimed the final place on the Brands Hatch podium.


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Jamie Green (GBR), HWA AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2006.DTM, Round 4, Brands Hatch, Kent, UK. 30th June - 2nd July 2006.
Jamie Green shows off his trophy for a second place finish.DTM, Round 4, Brands Hatch, Kent, UK. 30th June - 2nd July 2006.
Jamie Green leads Mathias Ekstrom.DTM, Round 4, Brands Hatch, Kent, UK. 30th June - 2nd July 2006.
Robert Wickens - HWA Mercedes [pic credit: DTM Media]
Robert Wickens - HWA Mercedes [pic credit: DTM Media]
Jamie Green - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Robert Wickens - Mercedes AMG [pic credit: DTM Media]
Vitaly Petrov - Mercedes AMG DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Daniel Juncadella - Mercedes AMG DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Robert Wickens - Mercedes AMG [pic credit: DTM Media]
Robert Wickens - Mercedes AMG [pic credit: DTM Media]
Robert Wickens - HWA Mercedes [pic credit: DTM Media]
Vitaly Petrov - Mucke Mercedes [pic credit: DTM Media]
Jamie Green - Audi Sport Rosberg [pic credit: DTM Media]
Jamie Green - Audi Sport Rosberg [pic credit: DTM Media]
Robert Wickens - Mercedes AMG C-Coupe [pic credit: DTM Media]
Christian Vietoris - Mercedes AMG C-Coupe [pic credit: DTM Media]
Vitaly Petrov - Mercedes AMG C-Coupe [pic credit: DTM Media]

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