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Green wins at the Norisring
28 June 2009
Jamie Green has taken his first win of the DTM season after storming to victory for the second successive season at the Norisring.
The Briton extended Mercedes' winning run at the venue as he took victory at the wheel of his 2008-spec car, coming out on top of a battle with fellow Mercedes man Bruno Spengler and Audi drivers Timo Scheider and Mattias Ekstrom through the final laps.
“This was a great race today,” Green said. “I thank my team for a perfect car and the optimum strategy. Starting seventh on the grid I hadn't expected to end up on the top spot of the podium; this is absolutely fantastic. Now we will celebrate.”
On the final four laps of the 80 lap race, no fewer than three different drivers held the lead. Defending champion Scheider led the way with four laps to go but then Spengler moved ahead only to run wide – allowing both Scheider and Green through.
Green then made his move to the front, while both Spengler and Ekstrom also moved ahead of Scheider to complete the podium. Fourth for Scheider however enables him to retain the championship lead.
Gary Paffett took fifth place ahead of former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher, who secured his best DTM finish to date with sixth. Paul di Resta took seventh from Tom Kristensen, while Mike Rockenfeller and Susie Stoddart completed the top ten.
The second female driver in the field, Katherine Legge, suffered mixed emotions after a poor start left her unable to build on an impressive top ten qualifying position. However, despite finishing down in twelfth, the British driver was able to console herself with the fastest lap of the race making her the first woman to achieve the feat.
"It was a very interesting race, with mixed feelings,” she said. “The start was a massive disappointment. I stalled the engine because the car wanted to start moving but I had to keep from jump-starting. So I guess that now I've got to practice starting again.
"My qualifying keeps improving this season. I also posted the fastest race lap. That shows that my speed is right. I've got to eliminate a couple of mistakes now, and then quite a bit will be possible."
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