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Green closes on leader with P3.

Britain's Jamie Green has moved up to second in the DTM drivers' championship following his third place finish at the Nurburgring on Sunday.

Green had endured a frustrating qualifying session on Saturday and only started 13th after what he branded a 'lottery', when officials declared all the times in Q2 - where he had been sixth quickest - null and void and set the grid from Q1.

Despite that though, the Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class man kept his head, and in a rain-affected race fought back to take the final spot on the podium, only losing second on the penultimate lap when he was passed by Paul di Resta, who pitted late on and was on a charge on wet rubber.

"I didn't expect to make it onto the podium from 13th place on the grid. It rained almost throughout the entire race and it was tricky to push the car to the limit," Green conceded. "In the end it was difficult not to go off and I am just happy that I didn't make a mistake. Towards the end, it was quite close again as the rain became quite heavy."

Paul di Resta was also pleased and while he may well have won, had there been a few more laps, second puts him in a strong position in the championship too - with just 3 points less than Green.

"We made the right tyre choice in difficult conditions and I improved from 12th on the grid to second place on the opening lap," reflected the Scot. "It was tricky to keep the car on the track in the rain.

"I led for most of the race and therefore, I had the biggest risk. As the race leader, I couldn't orientate by the cars in front of me in these conditions. Bernd [Schneider] could get past me due to a mistake during the pit stop. When the rain became stronger towards the end, we decided to change to rain tyres.

"With one lap more in the race, that could have been victory. Second place and eight points though are a very good result after yesterday's qualifying [which left me twelfth on the grid]."

Of the other Brits in the DTM, Gary Paffett was another to do well and he was fourth in last year's stern AMG Mercedes C-Class following a ding-dong battle with Mattias Ekstrom and Timo Scheider, while Susie Stoddart and Olivier Jarvis finished 12th and 13th respectively. Katherine Legge went out on lap 26 after an incident with Maro Engel.

"It was a tough race in very difficult conditions," Paffett noted. "It is really great that I finished fourth under these circumstances. In the beginning I was able to lead, but the 2008 C-Class cars were faster and I wasn't able to go their speed. The fight with the Audi's of Ekstrom and Scheider was fun, and I am glad that I could stay in front of them."


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Jamie Green - Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class [pic credit: DTM Media]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit DTM]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Paul di Resta - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA  [pic credit Mercedes]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Antonio Felix da Costa - BMW Team Schnitzer [pic credit BMW]
Antonio Felix da Costa - BMW Team Schnitzer [pic credit BMW]
Nico Muller - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Nico Muller - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Timo Scheider - Audi Sport Team Phoenix [pic credit Audi]

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