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Green heads off Audi challenge in qualifying.

Jamie Green snatched a last-gasp pole position for the seventh round of the DTM at Zandvoort - his fourth of the season - as the young Brit fought off an Audi onslaught in Holland.

The 24-year-old stormed to the top of the timesheets with just five minutes of the qualifying session remaining, to head off the Ingolstadt threat that had seen A4s fill the leading positions throughout Friday and Saturday practice.

Tom Kristensen will start alongside Green on the grid after lapping les than a tenth of a second slower, with Martin Tomczyk and Mattias Ekstrom sharing row two and Mercedes' big-hitters Bruno Spengler and championship leader Bernd Schneider - who lost time in free practice due to a technical problem - fifth and seventh respectively.

Although Green will now have started on the front row in every race bar one of the current DTM campaign, the Leicester ace has yet to register a victory. He will doubtless be hoping to rectify that on Sunday, especially after losing a certain win at Brands Hatch in front of his home fans in July to a late-race mistake.

The AMG star had struggled throughout free practice at Zandvoort, but came good when it mattered most to claim the quickest time in each of the last two periods of a frantic knock-out qualifying session. In doing so, he also set the fastest lap ever recorded around the Dutch track and secured Mercedes' fifth pole of the year from seven races.

Just over a tenth of a second separated the top four drivers in the end, hinting at a close and exciting race at one of the most spectacular circuits on the calendar.

Speaking afterwards, the pole-sitter said: “I am very happy with my position, especially as we have 20kg more than the Audis. My team and I have been working hard to achieve this result. Overtaking on this track is tricky, so hopefully we can be equally strong in the race.”

Second-placed Kristensen was rather less pleased, claiming he had been baulked by Spengler on his last flying lap. Nevertheless, the result still marks Audi's best combined qualifying performance all year.

“I lost a bit of my concentration when Spengler left the pit in front of me,” he said. “Whether or not it cost me pole is hard to say, but I was somewhat baffled.



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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.
Mercedes star Jamie Green celebrates pole position at Zandvoort - his fourth of the 2006 season and sixth of his DTM career (picture courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport)
Audi DTM ace Tom Kristensen on his way to second on the grid at Zandvoort (picture courtesy of Audi Communication Motorsport)
Jamie Green - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Jamie Green - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Jamie Green - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Jamie Green - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
12 Jamie Green (GB), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM, 7 Augusto Farfus (BR), BMW Team RBM, BMW M3 DTM, 19 Mike Rockenfeller (D), Audi Sport Team Phoenix, Audi RS 5 DTM in parc ferme after the race at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on Sunday September 15, 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
7 Augusto Farfus (BR), BMW Team RBM, BMW M3 DTM, 12 Jamie Green (GB), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM, 1 Bruno Spengler (CDN), BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M3 DTM race at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on Sunday September 15, 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
12 Jamie Green (GB), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on Saturday September 14, 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
12 Jamie Green (GB), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM, 1 Bruno Spengler (CDN), BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M3 DTM, 7 Augusto Farfus (BR), BMW Team RBM, BMW M3 DTM after qualifying at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on Saturday September 14, 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
3 Gary Paffett (GB), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé, 9 Christian Vietoris (D), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé, 12 Jamie Green (GB), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM (Photo Credit: DTM)
12 Jamie Green (GB), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM (Photo Credit: DTM)
12 Jamie Green (GB), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM (Photo Credit: DTM)
12 Jamie Green (GB), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM (Photo Credit: DTM)
Jamie Green (GBR) Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM
Jamie Green (GBR) Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM
Jamie Green (GBR) Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM

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