Jamie Green wins fifth DTM race in 2012 season: 4th Norisring win for him (Mercedes AMG C-Coupé)

At the events at Nuremberg held this weekend saw a total of 135,000 fans in attendance. Jamie Green in a Mercedes AMG Coupe won the fifth DTM event in this season with a margin of 0.687 seconds ahead of Martin Tomszyk of BMW. This was Green’s eighth victory in his entire career and the fourth in Norisring while also his 19th podium finish in 79 DTMs.

Norisring events have been looked upon as most productive for Mercedes Benz. Green’s win is the 15th win for Mercedes at Nuremberg and 10th in succession. DTM racing was revived in 2000 and Mercedes drivers have won 12 out of the 14 races at Norisring, while winning a total of 168 DTM races ever since they first took part in 1988.

News release: Thriller of a race, final lap, final corner: Jamie Green wins

• Fourth Norisring win for Jamie Green (Mercedes AMG C-Coupé)
• Tenth Mercedes victory in a row at the Norisring and 168th triumph in 347 DTM races since 1988
• Championship leader Gary Paffett (THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) moves 18 places up the field after no-fault spin to extend lead in standings
• Second place in championship for Green
• Mercedes-Benz maintains lead in all three classifications – drivers, teams and manufacturers
• Five C-Coupés finish in Top 10

Jamie Green (Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) won the fifth DTM race of the 2012 season in Nuremberg by a margin of 0.687 seconds, after overtaking Martin Tomczyk (BMW) in spectacular style on the latest corner at the final lap. This was Green’s eighth victory in his DTM career and his fourth at the Norisring, i.e. half of his winner’s trophies have been collected at this one venue (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012). It was also the Englishman’s 19th podium in 79 DTM outings.

The Norisring fixture has proved to be the most productive on the race calendar for Mercedes-Benz. Green’s latest win was also the 15th for Mercedes on this street circuit in Nuremberg and the tenth in succession. Since the DTM series was revived in the year 2000, Mercedes-Benz drivers have won twelve out of 14 races staged at the Norisring (a win rate of 85.71%). Furthermore, Mercedes-Benz has now won 168 DTM races since first fielding a works team in 1988.

By finishing fourth, Gary Paffett (THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) has boosted his championship points tally to 95 and further consolidated his lead in the standings to 26 points ahead of second-placed Jamie Green. Paffett’s THOMAS SABO / Mercedes-Benz Bank outfit leads the team standings on 119 points, while Mercedes-Benz tops the constructors’ standings on 211 points.

A total of five C-Coupé drivers finished in the Top 10; apart from Green and Paffett, David Coulthard (DHL Paket Mercedes AMG C-Coupé), Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Coupé) and Robert Wickens (stern AMG Mercedes C-Coupé) secured positions five, eight and nine respectively. Coulthard and Wickens achieved their best ever result so far in the DTM.

Roberto Merhi (Junge Sterne Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) was 13th, Ralf Schumacher (Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) and Susie Wolff (TV Spielfilm Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) did not finish.

Jamie Green produced the fastest race lap, 54.451 seconds. For race winner Green, this was the 13th fastest lap in his DTM career and his third this season. Since 1988, Mercedes-Benz drivers have posted the fastest lap in some 165 races, including 16 at the Norisring.
Overall,135.000 fans attended the DTM race weekend in Nuremberg (Fri, Sat, Sun).

In the qualifying, Gary Paffett scored 111th DTM pole for Mercedes

• DTM championship leader Gary Paffett (THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) claims pole position at the Norisring – the sixth for Mercedes-Benz in the last seven races at this venue
• 111th DTM pole in the 111th anniversary year of Mercedes motorsport
• Jamie Green (Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) completes 66th all-Mercedes front row in the DTM
• After nine consecutive wins at the Norisring, Mercedes-Benz drivers lock out the front row for the third year in a row

Gary Paffett (THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) will start Sunday’s fifth round of the DTM in Nuremberg from pole position (beginning at: 13:30, live on ARD from 13:15). The British driver set a time of 49.139 seconds in the individual time trial at the end of qualifying. It is his tenth DTM pole and his first at this track. Since 1988, Mercedes-Benz has achieved 14 pole positions at the Nuremberg street circuit. A Mercedes has been on pole in six of the last seven races at the Norisring.

Overall, this is the 111th time that a Mercedes-Benz driver will start from pole position in the DTM, in the 111th anniversary year of the first Mercedes victory during the 1901 Nice Speed Weeks, when Wilhelm Werner won the Nice-Salon-Nice race. Exactly two weeks after the anniversary of that win, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg achieved the 111th Grand Prix victory for Mercedes in his 111th Formula 1 race at the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix.

After Paffett and Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Coupé) started first and second at Brands Hatch earlier in the season, this is the second time in 2012 that two DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupés have qualified on the front row. It is the 66th front row lockout for Mercedes-Benz in the history of the DTM and the third in succession at the Norisring.

Ralf Schumacher (Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) posted the fifth-fastest lap in Q3 with a time of 49.023 seconds, which means he will start from Row 3. Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Coupé / 49.156 seconds) lines up eighth on the grid.

Qualifying Part 1: Gary Paffett set the fastest time – 48.769 seconds – in first qualifying ahead of team-mate Jamie Green. Robert Wickens (stern Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 49.248), Roberto Merhi (Junge Sterne Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 49.348) and Susie Wolff (TV Spielfilm Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 49.378) will start from positions 17 to 19 respectively on the grid. Just eight-tenths of a second covered all 22 drivers in Q1.
Qualifying Part 2: Jamie Green posted the second fastest time in second qualifying. David Coulthard (DHL Paket Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 49.130) finished in P14. Less than half a second separated the top 16 drivers in Q2.

Comments on qualifying:
Gary Paffett (THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG C-Coupé), Pole Position (49.139):
“Pole position for me, the 111th for Mercedes-Benz in the DTM and Jamie starting from P2 – you don’t get many better days than this. At the same time, though, I have to admit that it was very tight out there. I only just made it through to Q4, but my lap wasn’t perfect and every thousandth counts at this track. I’ve finished on the podium in all four races so far this year, and I’d love to continue that run with a third win of the season tomorrow.”

Jamie Green (Mercedes AMG C-Coupé), Second (49.171):
“The Norisring just seems to suit me and our DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé has been running really well. The 111th all-time DTM pole for Mercedes-Benz shows that.
I performed strongly in all the qualifying sessions, and the front row is an excellent platform for the race. I think I’m all set up for another good result in tomorrow’s race.”

Ralf Schumacher (Mercedes AMG C-Coupé), Fifth (49.023):
“P5 is a good result. I can feel well pleased with that, especially in view of how tight the competition is and the tiny margins at the Norisring. I was just 57 thousandths off qualifying in the Top 4. It’s obviously disappointing when you’re so near and yet so far, but starting from fifth on the grid puts me in a good position for the race. This circuit suits my style of driving, and I’m optimistic about improving my position tomorrow.”

Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Coupé), Eighth (49.156):
“The Norisring is not one of my favourite circuits, but qualifying nevertheless went well for me. The lap times in all the sessions were very close and it was very difficult to make any improvements in time, especially in Q2 – but that’s exactly what I did. Eighth place is a good starting position for Sunday. The race is long and the stress on drivers and cars in this hot conditions is right on the limit of what we can cope with.”

David Coulthard (DHL Paket Mercedes AMG C-Coupé), 14th (49.130):
“Qualifying at the Norisring was really close this afternoon; I missed going through to Q3 by barely two tenths of a second. I’m expecting an exciting race and hope to move up the field. The race is 83 laps long and it will be important to stay well clear of any trouble and not make any mistakes.”

Robert Wickens (stern Mercedes AMG C-Coupé), 17th (49.248):
“It’s a shame because 17th place is not the sort of qualifying result that I was looking for. But I was held up in traffic, so unfortunately did not make it through to Q2. We’re in for a really hot race in the truest sense, if the weather is anything like it was today. I’ll make sure I’m well hydrated before the start and then we’ll see. The race is long and anything can happen.”

Roberto Merhi (Junge Sterne Mercedes AMG C-Coupé), 18th (49.348):
“Unfortunately, I was not fast enough and could not set a better lap time. Of course, I will give everything in the race to make Sunday as exciting as possible for the thousands of fans here at the track. All is not lost yet.”

Susie Wolff (TV Spielfilm Mercedes AMG C-Coupé), 19th (49.378):
“It’s a pity, there was more to be had today than 19th place. Unfortunately, I was held me up by another driver in the first qualifying session so could not set a proper lap on my last set of tyres. That cost me the chance of a better grid position. I’ll be attacking in the race, though, and aim to fight my way up through the field.”

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:
“An all-Mercedes front row at the Norisring – that’s pretty cool. We have championship leader Gary Paffett in P1 with Jamie Green in P2, and scored our 111th DTM pole in the 111th anniversary year of Mercedes motorsport. Ralf Schumacher will start from fifth place and Christian Vietoris from P8 , which puts us in a great position for tomorrow’s race. A sound team effort will hopefully see everything come good on Sunday.“

Qualifying: Top 10
Gary Paffett
Jamie Green
Augusto Farfus
Mattias Ekström
Ralf Schumacher
Martin Tomczyk
Bruno Spengler
Christian Vietoris
Andy Priaulx
Edoardo Mortara