Zandvoort victory a dream come true for Jamie Green

Jamie Green - Credit: Jordi Villaescusa
Jamie Green - Credit: Jordi Villaescusa

Jamie Green heads in to the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters summer break second in the championship after a fantastic weekend in Zandvoort that saw ‘a dream come true’ for the British driver.

After finishing fifth in the first race of the weekend, Green started the second race from pole position on a track which is classed by most of the field as the most challenging of the year. The Leicester-born driver completed the race an impressive 9.731 seconds ahead of fellow British driver Gary Paffett to take his thirteenth DTM victory.

“In 2006, I’d taken pole position once before but for my first victory on this fantastic race track I had to wait for ten years,” said the DTM veteran who is now in his twelfth season.

“Winning at Zandvoort has always been my dream. Today, it came true. In the early stage, my rear-view mirror was filled with Gary (Paffett), Robert (Wickens) and Chris (Vietoris), and I thought winning would be difficult. But on my second set of tires I was faster and able to control the race. My thanks go to Audi Sport Team Rosberg for a perfect set-up and a great pit stop.”

Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport was delighted with the victory after Mercedes took the win in the first race of the weekend.

“After yesterday’s disappointment, the race today was obviously balm to our wounds,” said Gass. “Due to his early pit stop, Jamie (Green) forced our competitors’ hand. We knew that the situation with the tires would be a close call towards the end.

“But Jamie did a good job of controlling it and deservedly drove the car home to victory. Edo (Mortara), Nico (Müller) and Mattias (Ekström) benefited from their tires being in good shape at the end as well. Today, that was the key to an altogether great result for Audi.”