Jamie Green fastest with final-minute effort at Zandvoort

Jamie Green topped the opening DTM practice session at Zandvoort on Friday thanks to a fast final-minute effort in his HWA Mercedes

Jamie Green fastest with final-minute effort at Zandvoort

The British driver's 1m33.427-second lap hauled him up from fifth place and knocked Spaniard Roberto Merhi off the top spot by 0.226s.

Behind Merhi's Persson Mercedes was Nurburgring winner Bruno Spengler who, like Green, saved his best effort for the final minute; the Schnitzer BMW man knocking the Mucke Mercedes' of David Coulthard and Robert Wickens down to fourth and fifth.

Filipe Albuquerque was the fastest Audi driver in sixth, one space ahead of fellow Team Rosberg driver Edoardo Mortara. Susie Wolff completed a good day for Persson in eighth with HWA team-mates Ralf Schumacher and points leader Gary Paffett completing the top 10.

Schumacher caused the only red flag of the 90 minutes when the rear wing of his car caught an air line as he exited his pit stall and ripped it from its mounting; the result being injuries to four members of his pit crew, all of whom were taken to hospital for examination.

Adrien Tambay was at the centre of the biggest incident late-on as he put his two outside wheels onto the grass exiting Marlborobocht during the final minute.

The Frenchman did not regain the track in time to slow down sufficiently for the following right-hander and ploughed off into the gravel trap.

Pos  Driver              Team/Car          Time       Gap
 1.  Jamie Green         HWA Mercedes      1m33.427s
 2.  Roberto Merhi       Persson Mercedes  1m33.653s  + 0.226s
 3.  Bruno Spengler      Schnitzer BMW     1m34.094s  + 0.667s
 4.  David Coulthard     Mucke Mercedes    1m34.123s  + 0.696s
 5.  Robert Wickens      Mucke Mercedes    1m34.404s  + 0.977s
 6.  Filipe Albuquerque  Rosberg Audi      1m34.510s  + 1.083s
 7.  Edoardo Mortara     Rosberg Audi      1m34.525s  + 1.098s
 8.  Susie Wolff         Persson Mercedes  1m34.631s  + 1.204s
 9.  Ralf Schumacher     HWA Mercedes      1m34.659s  + 1.232s
10.  Gary Paffett        HWA Mercedes      1m34.677s  + 1.250s
11.  Mattias Ekstrom     Abt Audi          1m34.782s  + 1.355s
12.  Andy Priaulx        RBM BMW           1m34.795s  + 1.368s
13.  Joey Hand           RMG BMW           1m34.813s  + 1.386s
14.  Mike Rockenfeller   Phoenix Audi      1m34.857s  + 1.430s
15.  Dirk Werner         Schnitzer BMW     1m34.891s  + 1.464s
16.  Adrien Tambay       Abt Audi          1m35.037s  + 1.610s
17.  Augusto Farfus      RBM BMW           1m35.076s  + 1.649s
18.  Rahel Frey          Abt Audi          1m35.224s  + 1.797s
19.  Christian Vietoris  HWA Mercedes      1m35.277s  + 1.850s
20.  Martin Tomczyk      RMG BMW           1m35.304s  + 1.877s
21.  Timo Scheider       Abt Audi          1m35.319s  + 1.892s
22.  Miguel Molina       Phoenix Audi      1m36.090s  + 2.663s
shares
comments
Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus 'can win regularly' according to team boss
Previous article

Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus 'can win regularly' according to team boss

Next article

Zandvoort DTM: Timo Scheider fastest for Audi in wet practice

Zandvoort DTM: Timo Scheider fastest for Audi in wet practice
Autosport writers' most memorable moments of 2022 Plus

Autosport writers' most memorable moments of 2022

The season just gone was a memorable one for many of our staff writers, who are fortunate enough to cover motorsport around the world. Here are our picks of the best (and in some cases, most eventful) from 2022

Formula 1
Dec 31, 2022
The plug in and play stand-ins who got their timing just right Plus

The plug in and play stand-ins who got their timing just right

Nyck de Vries’s Italian GP exploits weren’t the first post-eleventh-hour call-up in motorsport history, and won’t be the last either. Here are some offbeat tales from the past

General
Dec 26, 2022
The longest-serving Red Bull driver revealing F1’s true brutality Plus

The longest-serving Red Bull driver revealing F1’s true brutality

His day of days in Formula 1 came at Indianapolis in 2005, a day grand prix racing strives to forget. But Patrick Friesacher, the long-serving Red Bull lieutenant, remains active today driving a two-seater that provides ordinary people with a glimpse of an F1 car’s savage potential, including this writer...

Formula 1
Jun 2, 2022
How the DTM has come back stronger from its Norisring nadir Plus

How the DTM has come back stronger from its Norisring nadir

OPINION: Questionable driving standards and farcical team orders meant the DTM's first season under GT3 regulations ended under a cloud. But the organisation has responded firmly by banning team orders and welcomed new manufacturers, making for an intriguing season ahead as new and returning names prepare for battle

DTM
Mar 30, 2022
The remarkable career of a 'classy' champion who rejected politics Plus

The remarkable career of a 'classy' champion who rejected politics

Over two decades as a factory driver with Audi and BMW, Martin Tomczyk earned the respect of team-mates and rivals as a hard but fair racer. After calling time on his racing career, the 2011 DTM champion sat down with Autosport to look back

GT
Mar 5, 2022
The other Hamilton conqueror seeking career revival Plus

The other Hamilton conqueror seeking career revival

On his rise through the ranks before reaching Formula 1, Lewis Hamilton was usually a cut above the rest. But he never truly asserted himself over a Mercedes-backed fellow Briton who traded single-seaters for touring cars and is now seeking new opportunities after a year largely spent on the sidelines

DTM
Dec 18, 2021
How the DTM's shambolic finale poses awkward future questions Plus

How the DTM's shambolic finale poses awkward future questions

OPINION: The scenes at the Norisring as Mercedes used blatant team orders to secure the first DTM title of the new GT3 era totally undermined the credibility of the championship. But as well as overshadowing the season, it also presents uncomfortable questions to series bosses about the direction it is headed in

DTM
Oct 12, 2021
How Audi's new DTM star is channeling Rast to achieve his "childhood dream" Plus

How Audi's new DTM star is channeling Rast to achieve his "childhood dream"

Having learned the ropes in GT3 alongside Rene Rast, Kelvin van der Linde is in line to take up the three-time champion's baton as Audi's new DTM king. From humble origins in South Africa, it's been a remarkable journey so far for the current series leader, but he knows that the 2021 title is a long way from settled just yet

DTM
Sep 18, 2021