On a drying track, Green in the end was 47 thousandths of a second short of Christian Vietoris' best time.
Ingolstadt/Nuremberg - Leader of the standings Jamie Green was the best Audi driver in the first qualifying session on the third DTM race weekend at the Norisring. The Briton from Audi Sport Team Rosberg in the Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM with his lap time of 50.687 seconds took third place.
On a drying track, Green in the end was 47 thousandths of a second short of Christian Vietoris' best time. The field had initially started on rain tires, followed by the drivers successively switching to slicks. Consequently, the positions kept changing within seconds.
With this result, Audi has been beaten in a DTM qualifying session for the first time in 274 days. Since the race at Zandvoort in September 2014, Audi drivers had continually been clinching the top spot on the grid at the two final events last year, as well as in the four qualifying sessions on the first two race weekends in 2015.
"I owe third place on the grid to my engineer," said Jamie Green. "We opted for slicks precisely at the right time. The last lap was good. And that's exactly what counted in order to move far to the front on the grid."
Miguel Molina was another Audi driver to manage the leap into the top ten. The Spaniard in the Teufel Audi RS 5 DTM set a lap time of 51.069 seconds that put him in position nine. The first race at the Norisring will start at 16.48.