Mugello: Mercedes-Benz race report

1-2 Victory for the AMG Mercedes C-Class: Jamie Green wins ahead of Paul Di Resta Jamie Green (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) won the third round of the 2008 DTM in Mugello, Italy. Paul Di Resta (AMG Mercedes C-Class) came home second. The...

1-2 Victory for the AMG Mercedes C-Class:
Jamie Green wins ahead of Paul Di Resta

Jamie Green (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) won the third round of the 2008 DTM in Mugello, Italy. Paul Di Resta (AMG Mercedes C-Class) came home second. The first win of the year for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was the 142nd for the brand out of 303 DTM/ITC races since 1988 and the 86th 1-2 victory.

After 33 laps, Green took the chequered flag 3.166sec ahead of Di Resta. Bernd Schneider (Genuine Parts AMG Mercedes C-Class) ended up fourth, 9.410sec behind the winner.

In the overall ranking, Jamie Green moved up from fifth to second place; with 17 points he is one point behind leader Timo Scheider (Audi) who was 10th today and did not score. Paul Di Resta is fourth overall with 13 points and Bruno Spengler is seventh with 11 points.

The other C-Class drivers: Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class) came home ninth; DTM rookie Maro Engel (JungeSterne AMG Mercedes C-Class) was 11th and the best driver with a 2007 Mercedes-Benz ahead of Gary Paffett (stern AMG Mercedes C-Class) in 12th place. Susie Stoddart (TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Class) ended up 15th ahead of Mathias Lauda (Pixum AMG Mercedes C-Class). Ralf Schumacher (Trilux AMG Mercedes C-Class) retired as a consequence of a collision early on.

A crowd of 15,000 attended the third round of the 2008 season during the weekend.

The start: Jamie Green had qualified second and started from the front row for the first time since his pole position in Zandvoort on 2nd September 2006. Jamie accelerated into an immediate lead; Paul Di Resta improved from fifth to second and Bernd Schneider, seventh in qualifying, was fifth after the opening lap.

Lap 2: Ralf Schumacher came in for an unscheduled pit stop after a coming-together with another car. A carbon part had intruded the wheelhouse and damaged the tyre as a consequence of the collision. Following Timo Scheider's drive-through penalty due to a jump-start, Bernd Schneider was fourth. Jamie Green posted the fastest lap of the race with a 1:45.273.

Lap 3: Ralf Schumacher pitted again and retired due the damages.

Lap 11: Jamie Green and Paul Di Resta came in for their respective first pit stops. Bernd Schneider took the lead. Maro Engel and Gary Paffett also made their first stops.

Lap 12: First pit stops for Bernd Schneider, Bruno Spengler and Susie Stoddart. Jamie Green was back in the lead ahead of Paul Di Resta.

Lap 13: Mathias Lauda came in for his first stop.

Lap 15: Bernd Schneider pitted for the second time followed by Paul Di Resta and Gary Paffett one lap later.

Lap 17: Second pitstops of Jamie Green and Susie Stoddart.

Lap 18: Maro Engel made his second routine halt followed by Mathias Lauda one lap later.

Lap 21: Bruno Spengler came in for his second stop.

Lap 22: After all drivers had completed their respective two mandatory stops, Jamie Green was in the lead ahead of Paul Di Resta; Bernd Schneider was fourth.

Lap 28: Bruno Spengler was ninth and closed the gap behind Alexandre Premat (Audi) ahead of him, but had also to hold off Timo Scheider at the same time.

Finish (lap 33): Jamie Green took victory ahead of Paul Di Resta who matched his best DTM result so far (second place in Oschersleben 2007). Bernd Schneider ended up fourth.

Jamie Green (2008 Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class), winner: "The start was the key for my win today. The car was perfect and with the pit stops and the strategy our team didn't put a foot wrong. I am proud of the team performance of Mercedes-Benz and HWA and I am happy that I could reward everybody for their hard work with my victory today."

Paul Di Resta (2008 AMG Mercedes C-Class), second: "At the start I saw a chance to move up and I did it. Yesterday in qualifying I made a few mistakes, but today everything went well and I am happy about my second place. I thank my team for a great car and perfect pit stops."

Bernd Schneider (2008 Genuine Parts AMG Mercedes C-Class), fourth: "I got off the line very well and this was the basis for my fourth place. The car ran really well and our team did a great job; accelerating after my second pitstop I almost overtook Tom Kristensen. After the first two races of the year I am happy with today's fourth place."

Bruno Spengler (2008 Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class), ninth: "I made a poor start and lost several positions. Then I had a coming-together with another car and as a consequence some aerodynamic parts were damaged. Therefore I wasn't able to push as usual and had to be content with ninth place."

Maro Engel (2007 JungeSterne AMG Mercedes C-Class), 11th: "I didn't expect to become best driver with a 2007 AMG Mercedes C-Class and therefore I am really happy about 11th place. Our team did a great job and that I came home ahead of Gary is like a little win for me."

Gary Paffett (2007 stern AMG Mercedes C-Class), 12th: "At the start I improved by a couple of positions, but my speed was not perfect and therefore I was not able to move up more places."

Susie Stoddart (2007 TV-Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Class), 15th: "I started well and during the first stint I drove a solid race. Unfortunately I later lost some places and I didn't have the speed to improve."

Mathias Lauda (2007 Pixum AMG Mercedes C-Class), 16th: "Following a collision after the start my car was damaged at the right side. I suffered from oversteer and was not able to move up. However, I enjoyed the fights, particularly that one with Martin Tomczyk towards the end of the race."

Ralf Schumacher (Trilux AMG Mercedes C-Class 2007), retired after a collision: "I had wheelspin and therefore didn't start so well and lost some positions. When I tried to catch up I collided with another car and a carbon part intruded the wheelhouse and damaged the tyre. Therefore I wasn't able to continue."

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: "A deserved 1-2 victory for Jamie and Paul. Like Lewis Hamilton, they came from our Formula 3 junior programme and all three have been Euro Series champions. I am particularly glad, that both Jamie and Paul are able to race at the front also in the DTM. Congratulations to them and also to Bernd who finished fourth and almost managed to finish third after his second stop. On his fastest race lap at this really challenging circuit, Jamie was four tenths of a second faster than the best competitor which is almost exactly according to our 20 kilo weight advantage at this race. We had a good strategy, a good speed and optimum pit stops. Gerhard Ungar, Hans-Juergen Mattheis and their HWA team did a great job here. Thank you to the entire team."

-credit: daimler.com

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Series DTM
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Tom Kristensen , Martin Tomczyk , Bernd Schneider , Timo Scheider , Norbert Haug , Lewis Hamilton , Bruno Spengler , Gary Paffett , Mathias Lauda , Maro Engel , Jamie Green , Gerhard Ungar