Jamie Green: I`ve still got so much more to come.

Britain's leading DTM hope Jamie Green was arguably the fastest man in the series this year, though a combination of driving errors and mechanical misfortune prevented him from climbing onto the top step of the podium. Now he has his sights set firmly on 2007.

The former F3 Euroseries champion was the author of a stunning run of five consecutive front row starts in the first half of the season, and four pole positions over the course of the campaign. Incredibly, it was not until the Nurburgring in August that he was finally displaced from the front row of the grid.

There were also three podium finishes and fifth position in the end-of-year driver standings, ahead of ex-Formula One aces Mika Hakkinen, Jean Alesi and Heinz-Harald Frentzen no less, and looking back the Leicestershire ace acknowledges he achieved pretty much everything except the win.

"I think the main thing this year was my starts which held me back," he admitted to Crash.net. "Towards the end of the year I managed to get that together, but I definitely had a difficult season. In the first race at Hockenheim an engine misfire put me out before I even got going, so the year didn't start off very well and it pretty much stayed that way throughout. It was very frustrating, but the main thing was I had good speed all year and showed how quick I can be.

"On the negative side, you tend to think 'if I've got that speed, I should be getting the results in the races as well' but, with only ten races in the year, if you have a few bad rounds, you don't really get chance to put it right, especially with the poor starts I've had and so on. I had nine opportunities to make a good start, and I think I succeeded on only four or five occasions. You've got to weigh it all up and put it into perspective though – it's obviously encouraging that I've got the speed, but there are areas where I can still improve."

It is easy to forget, indeed, that this year marked only Jamie's second season in the DTM, having already finished an impressive sixth overall in 2005. Following a glittering career in the junior single-seater ranks, his transition across to tin-tops has been almost seamless.

"I'm definitely very happy with the pace I showed," he added, "especially when you consider the competition I was up against. Just to drive alongside people like Hakkinen, Alesi and Frentzen is an honour. Sometimes I had to pinch myself to believe that someone like me, who started out in stock car racing as a ten-year old, was actually there in the same event as them. I would never have dreamed I would be on the grid alongside Mika Hakkinen – I grew up watching him on TV as a kid!

"Firstly, just getting your head round that isn't easy, but to then get your head round the fact that you're probably just as talented as them and arguably quicker is also quite an eye-opener. It's quite a nice feeling, but also quite bizarre at the same time."

If he was starstruck, though, it certainly didn't show as the 24-year old outscored all three grand prix winners to end the season as third Mercedes in the title chase. On no fewer than three occasions, Green finished less than five seconds away from victory, and was on course for a popular maiden triumph on home soil at Brands Hatch before he made an agonising mistake with only a handful of laps left to run.

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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.
Podium L-R: Unknown, Jamie Green (2nd), Mathias Ekstrom (winner), Bernd Schneider (3rd).DTM, Round 4, Brands Hatch, Kent, UK. 30th June - 2nd July 2006.
Jamie Green (GBR), HWA AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2006.DTM, Round 4, Brands Hatch, Kent, UK. 30th June - 2nd July 2006.
Felix Rosenqvist, Mercedes Team ART, DTM [Credit: Mercedes]
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Robert Wickens, DTM, Moscow Raceway [Credit: DTM]
Mattias Ekstrom - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Robert Wickens - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA [pic credit DTM]
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Rene Rast - Audi Sport Team Rosberg [pic credit Audi Sport]
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Gary Paffett - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team ART [pic credit DTM]
Jamie Green - Audi Sport Team Rosberg [pic credit Audi Sport]
Jamie Green - Audi Sport Team Rosberg [pic credit Audi Sport]
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Jamie Green - Audi Sport Team Rosberg [pic credit Audi Sport]

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