Green leads Mercedes fight-back

Jamie Green took advantage of a jump start from pole sitter Timo Scheider to control the DTM race at Mugello and take Mercedes' first win of the season

Green leads Mercedes fight-back

The British driver controlled the race throughout after taking the lead into Turn 1, while behind him Paul di Resta completed a 1-2 for the HWA team. The Scot was catching his teammate during the middle part of the race, but he was never close enough to make a real challenge for the lead.

Tom Kristensen took third after hassling di Resta in the early stages, but the Audi driver lost touch with the leaders when he spent a lap behind Susie Stoddart after making a pistop.

The Dane nearly fell behind Bernd Schneider at one point, with the pair exiting the pits almost alongside each other before Kristensen was able to ease away in the laps that followed.

Oliver Jarvis was the top driver in a one-year-old car in only his third DTM race, and the British driver took advantage of a good opening lap to get himself higher up the order before finishing a solid fifth.

Several drivers lost out at the first corner though, as Mike Rockenfeller was involved in a tangle with Martin Tomczyk and Bruno Spengler, which dropped all three out of contention for points.

Mattias Ekstrom spent the second half of the race fending off a 2007-spec Audi as he had another difficult afternoon, but the reigning champion narrowly held on for sixth ahead of Markus Winkelhock, while Alexandre Premat completed the points scorers.

Scheider fought back from his drive through penalty to take 10th behind Spengler, and the German driver now leads the standings by just one point from Green.

Pos Driver               Car                Gap
 1. Jamie Green          Mercedes     59:39.961                      
 2. Paul di Resta        Mercedes        +3.166                 
 3. Tom Kristensen       Audi            +5.313                 
 4. Bernd Schneider      Mercedes        +9.410                 
 5. Oliver Jarvis        Audi           +15.037                
 6. Mattias Ekstrom      Audi           +15.798                
 7. Markus Winkelhock    Audi           +16.989                
 8. Alexandre Premat     Audi           +22.656              
 9. Bruno Spengler       Mercedes       +23.260              
10. Timo Scheider        Audi           +23.774              
11. Maro Engel           Mercedes       +35.741              
12. Gary Paffett         Mercedes       +41.366              
13. Christijan Albers    Audi           +45.259              
14. Mike Rockenfeller    Audi           +55.234              
15. Susie Stoddart       Mercedes     +1:11.329            
16. Mathias Lauda        Mercedes     +1:12.233            
17. Martin Tomczyk       Audi         +1:13.944            
18. Katherine Legge      Audi         +1:16.587            
 
Not classified

    Driver               Car               Laps
    Ralf Schumacher      Mercedes        2 laps
    

Fastest lap Green, 1:45.273

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