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Green claims last gasp thriller

1 July 2012

Jamie Green has clinched his eighth career DTM victory for Mercedes after stealing the lead from Martin Tomczyk during the final corner of a thrilling Norisring race.

Green's victory in the highly unpredictable conditions not only handed the HWA driver his fourth win around the streets of Nuremberg but also propels him up into second in the championship behind Gary Paffett.

Green, who started the race from second position in the wet, was caught in the opening lap chaos triggered after the leading pack bottle necked into the first corner, dropping to fourth in the process after becoming the final link in a chain reaction which spun his team-mate Paffett to the rear of the field.

It was Ralf Schumacher who inherited the lead ahead of the BMW's of Tomczyk and Bruno Spengler until the German was eventually forced to relinquish it thanks to technical gremlins, which ultimately put pay to his charge.

The BMW's remained in a one-two procession for much of the race with Green always a handful of seconds behind.

However, with just three laps to go Green latched on to the lead pairing's exhaust fumes having obliterated the once comfortable gap the BMW's once had.

The Mercedes man then moved into second position at the expense of Spengler before spectacularly pulling off a last gasp manoeuvre on Tomczyk with the chequered ready to greet the HWA run car after 78 compelling Norisring laps.

Paffett, who had an equally eventful race, managed a superb damaged limitation drive which saw the championship leader complete nearly three quarters of the race distance on a single set of wet tyres on his way to an impressive fourth.

David Coulthard enjoyed his best ever DTM race to date in fifth after passing Christian Vietoris, who struggled to keep the heat in his tyres after gambling on slicks. The German then dropped to eighth behind the top placed Audi of Filipe Albuquerque, who finished in sixth with BMW's Andy Priaulx ending the race in seventh.

DTM rookies Robert Wickens and Dirk Werner both earned their first points in the series in the most challenging of circumstances, the pair completing the points paying positions in ninth and tenth.


by Simon Evans


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