Bruno Spengler thought that the Norisring was his stomping ground, but Jamie Green was not in a charitable mood today, and the Briton took the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) victory by 0.467 seconds over his Mercedes-Benz teammate. The win was...
Bruno Spengler thought that the Norisring was his stomping ground, but Jamie Green was not in a charitable mood today, and the Briton took the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) victory by 0.467 seconds over his Mercedes-Benz teammate. The win was his fourth at the track, although Spengler had won the previous two.
Spengler had started from the pole, but Green got a better start, and made it to the first corner before the Canadian. From there to the chequered flag, Spengler was never more than a few seconds adrift, but was not able to make a move stick on Green.
"That was a tough race," Spengler admitted. "At some points, Bruno came really close. I had some trouble with the balance of my car and made two slight mistakes in the chicane. Probably, that was motivating for Bruno. Two years ago, I already had a chance of winning here, but back then, it didn't happen. I am proud that I now have the strength to get it all right."
For a moment it looked like it might all go awry, as the the refueling canister got stuck on Green's car during his second pit stop, but it ended up falling away harmlessly on Turn One.
"My start wasn't very good, which allowed Jamie to get through," Spengler recounted. "Once, I briefly had overtaken Jamie, but then I had to get off the line myself and he was in front again."
Timo Scheider had to settle for a spectator role in the fight for the victory, but the Audi driver did catch up the the Green-Spengler battle in the closing laps, and crossed the finish line just 2.191 seconds adrift of Green, and 0.345 seconds of his teammate Mattias Ekstrom.
A podium finish felt like a victory for the Audi pilot, on a track that neither Scheider nor the Audi chassis have taken a liking to over the years. A third place maintained his championship lead, although Green, who overtook Paul di Resta in the standings, is only a single point behind Scheider.
"A good day for us, after all, we are on the podium," Scheider summed up his race. "Now, we are able to attack Mercedes-Benz here at the Norisring as well. Somehow, I still managed to overtake Mattias in the final corner. I just messed up the start, but in the race, the car was great."
Gary Paffett, di Resta and Bernd Schneider took fifth through seventh places for Mercedes, with Tom Kristensen the only other Audi driver in the top eight.
The championship battle will continue at the classic Zandvoort road course in a fortnight's time.