DTM Norisring: Victory for Green

Jamie Green snatched victory out of the hands of BMW’s Martin Tomczyk on the last corner of today’s DTM round at a damp Norisring.

The British driver was running in third just three laps from the end, but passed the BMW M3 of Bruno Spengler before closing a 1.9-second gap between himself and the 2011 champion, Tomczyk, with the chequered flag in sight. Green had started from second on the grid – alongside team-mate Gary Paffett, but the polesitter’s C-Coupe collided with the Audi of Mattias Ekstrom, who went on to retire, but Paffett managed to recover to capture fourth after dropping back to twentieth at one point.

Mercedes driver Ralf Schumacher was left disappointed after electrical problems saw him grind to a halt while leading the race, but the biggest shock was that Audi’s highest finisher was Rockenfeller with a lowly sixth.

“My tyres were giving excellent grip on the last ten laps and my pace was very strong. My Mercedes AMG C-Coupé was running superbly, and I was grinning from ear to ear on those last few laps. At the end of an amazingly exciting race, I capped it all off by overtaking Bruno Spengler and Martin Tomczyk,” said a jubilant Green.

2012 DTM Norisring Results: 78 Laps

1. J Green HWA Mercedes 1h15m00.005s
2. M Tomczyk RMG BMW + 0.687s
3. B Spengler Schnitzer BMW + 2.335s
4. G Paffett HWA Mercedes + 14.666s
5. D Coulthard Mucke Mercedes + 36.861s
6. M Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi + 37.062s
7. A Priaulx RBM BMW + 44.529s
8. C Vietoris HWA Mercedes + 46.236s
9. R Wickens Persson Mercedes + 49.254s
10. D Werner Schnitzer BMW + 49.301s
11. F Albuquerque Rosberg Audi + 1 lap
12. M Molina Phoenix Audi + 1 lap
13. R Merhi Persson Mercedes + 1 lap
14. J Hand RMG BMW + 1 lap
15. A Tambay Abt Audi + 2 laps
16. T Scheider Abt Audi + 2 laps
17. R Frey Abt Audi + 3 laps

[Source: DTM]

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