The street circuit of nurnberg is finally green’s home track in the german touring car masters (DTM) racing calendar: from 2008 to 2010, the briton won three times in a row, in 2011 he finished second.
"Luck was on my side today," said an overjoyed green. "My car just worked so well."It was like something out of the script of a movie, simply unbelievable," said mercedes motorsport boss norbert haug. "It’s a shame when you lose the race in the last round. That’s the worst thing that can happen," complained tomczyk.
With his fourth triumph, green prevented a double victory by ruckkehrer BMW. Because tomczyk from rosenheim and canadian bruno spengler were still leading until shortly before the end – then green overtook them with a furious final spurt in the 78th minute. Round. There had previously been numerous collisions on the rain-soaked track. Overall leader garry paffett (great britain) in the mercedes fell back to 19th place after the start, but still finished the race in fourth place.
Paffett, who started from pole position, spun in the first corner and caused a traffic jam. Two-time DTM champion mattias ekstrom hit even harder. The swede brought his loaded audi into the pits just in time, the race was over for him. "You realize that even in professional racing you have amateurs," complained ekstrom, who blamed the brazilian augusto farfus in the BMW for his retirement.
The beneficiary of the turbulent start was ralf schumacher. The former formula 1 driver moved to the front of the field, tomczyk also reeled in the wet start to the front. Starting from sixth place, the BMW driver pulled ahead of schumacher. In the 17. The rosenheimer then even took the lead in the 78th lap. Because schumacher had to let three pursuers pass him due to an electronic problem with his race car. The driver from kerpen almost stopped in the middle of the track – tomczyk, spengler and green overtook him.
Paffet started a furious chase from the end of the field, which even took him back to the lead halay through the race. At the same time, schumacher had to give up – his car went on strike. "It could have been very, very good today without these problems," said schumacher. Green’s drive to victory and second place in the overall standings could only be followed by schumacher on the screen in the pit lane. The third manufacturer audi, on the other hand, suffered a crash at its home race: the best driver was mike rockenfeller in sixth place. "This is a disaster," said rockenfeller.