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05/04/08
dtm
Victory for Jamie Green in Mugello
With a double victory, Mercedes-Benz has proven to be back in the battle for the DTM title. After 33 laps at the 5.245 kilometers long track, the longest circuit featuring on the DTM calendar, British driver, Jamie Green won the third round of the season in Mugello in Italy. With the third DTM victory of his career, the 25-year old driver also secured the first win of the season for Mercedes-Benz.

“I am happy with this victory, especially after the start of the season that has been particularly difficult for all of us“, said a delighted Green. His fellow-Mercedes-Benz driver, Paul di Resta (GB) came home in second place, 3.166 seconds down. Third place went to Audi driver Tom Kristensen from Denmark, who was already on the podium after having finished third in the season opener at Hockenheim. In the drivers’ standings, Timo Scheider remains in the lead with 18 points, just ahead of today’s winner Green (17) and Mattias Ekström (Audi/S) with 14 points. The race result from Mugello has led to a situation in which there are now seven drivers within seven points, all with good chances in the drivers’ standings.

At the start, Green and di Resta had the upper hand over the leader in the points’ standings, Timo Scheider (Audi), who had started from pole position. Both drivers didn’t lose their positions until the race was over. For Scheider, the racing weekend in Tuscany brought mixed emotions. On Saturday, the 29-year old made it to pole position in the final minutes, but in the race, he started a little bit too early. A drive-through penalty for his jump start deprived the Austrian-based German of all his chances of a possible race win. After a recovery with fascinating overtaking maneuvers, Scheider eventually came home tenth. Canadian Bruno Spengler, who had been the best-placed Mercedes-Benz driver in the points’ standings in fourth place before Mugello, only finished one place better. Having started sixth, he was involved in a collision on the opening lap and lost six places.

Behind the trio on the podium, DTM record champion, Bernd Schneider, was classified fourth with his AMG Mercedes C-Class. Briton Oliver Jarvis was delighted by finishing fifth, scoring points with his year-old Audi A4 DTM. He was followed immediately by a trio of Audi drivers with reigning DTM champion Mattias Ekström (S), Markus Winkelhock (D) and Frenchman Alexandre Prémat, the two latter drivers also with year-old machinery. Canadian, Bruno Spengler, was the third driver with an AMG Mercedes C-Class to make it into the top ten, finishing ninth.

Ralf Schumacher didn’t make it to the finish in the third DTM race of his career. Schumacher’s car was damaged in a collision and he had to retire after lap two already. Audi driver, Martin Tomczyk, had his share of problems, too. After a collision with fellow-Audi driver, Mike Rockenfeller, on the opening lap, the 26-year old Bavarian had to come into the pits, losing valuable time, which he couldn’t make up anymore in the course of the race. Tomczyk finished 17th. The fourth round of the DTM will be taking place at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz on May 18th.

Jamie Green (winner, Salzgitter AMG Mercedes): “I had a good start and I was well able to control the race and the margin over the cars behind me. I am happy with victory, especially after the start of the season that has been particularly hard for all of us. We are proud of what we have achieved today. In the DTM, there is no way to predict anything and this year is tougher for us than last year.”

Paul di Resta (2nd place, AMG Mercedes): “I reckon that Mercedes-Benz and I can be equally happy with this result. We have been working hard and had to wait for a long time to make it on the podium. The weekend didn’t go that well for me, I was lacking consistency all the time. Yesterday’s qualifying wasn’t too good as I made a slight mistake and had to start from fifth place today. I am all the more happy with my second place.“

Tom Kristensen (3rd place, Audi Sport Team Abt): “The DTM is really tough. I am more or less happy with the result and I am happy with being on the podium again. My car was excellent. The team has done two great pit stops. Jamie Green really has deserved this victory, he has driven a great race.”

Mercedes-Benz motorsport director Norbert Haug: “It was a great race. We had a good strategy, quick pit stops and our speed was good. In qualifying yesterday and this morning after warm-up, it didn’t look like that. Sometimes, differences in temperature of only three or four degrees can have an effect on the set-up. The team has done a great job and found exactly the right set-up for this temperature. All in all, I am very happy. We have deserved this victory, but it came earlier than I had expected.”

Audi motorsport director Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich: “I am not happy with the result. Apparently, Mugello doesn’t suit us as we just don’t succeed in repeating our qualifying results in the race. It is clear that we have lost the race at the start. Additionally, some things happened in the first couple of corners, which mixed up the order. At a track like this, making up during the race is very difficult. Especially when your opponent is quick, has a good tactic and does good pit stops. We will continue to give everything and now we are focusing on the next race and try to win it. I am very pleased with the performance of our 2007-spec cars, which were absolutely competitive and showed some good fights between them.”

Results

Pos.

Driver Nat. Car Time / Gap. Laps Fastest lap
1 5 Green GBR Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Klasse 59:39.961 33 1'45.273
2 4 Di Resta GBR AMG Mercedes C-Klasse 03.166 33 1'45.381
3 9 Kristensen DEN Audi A4 DTM 05.313 33 1'45.832
4 6 Schneider GER Original-Toile AMG Mercedes C-Klasse 09.410 33 1'46.046
5 15 Jarvis GBR Best Buddies Audi A4 DTM 15.037 33 1'46.033
6 1 Ekström SWE Red Bull Audi A4 DTM 15.798 33 1'46.246
7 19 Winkelhock GER Playboy Audi A4 DTM 16.989 33 1'46.166
8 14 Prémat FRA Audi Bank Shell Helix Audi A4 DTM 22.656 33 1'46.453
9 3 Spengler CAN Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Klasse 23.260 33 1'46.637
10 10 Scheider GER GW:plus / Top Service Audi A4 DTM 23.774 33 1'45.822
11 12 Engel GER JungeSterne AMG Mercedes C-Klasse 35.741 33 1'46.640
12 7 Paffett GBR stern AMG Mercedes C-Klasse 41.366 33 1'46.846
13 21 Albers NED Audi A4 DTM 45.259 33 1'46.502
14 18 Rockenfeller GER S line Audi A4 DTM 55.234 33 1'46.849
15 16 Stoddart GBR TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Klasse 1'11.329 33 1'48.002
16 8 Lauda AUT Pixum AMG Mercedes C-Klasse 1'12.233 33 1'47.423
17 2 Tomczyk GER Red Bull Audi A4 DTM 1'13.944 33 1'45.676
18 20 Legge GBR Audi A4 DTM 1'16.587 33 1'47.088
19 11 Schumacher GER TRILUX AMG Mercedes C-Klasse 31 laps 2

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