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Following an early safety car period, the Briton from Audi Sport Team Rosberg took the lead on lap three and went on to extend it to more than ten seconds. When rain set in halfway through the race and kept getting heavier, Green switched from slicks to rain tires at the right moment. His advantage was so great that he was even able to cope with a 5-second pit stop penalty. Subsequently, on a wet track, Green managed his clear lead well, crossing the finish line as the winner with a near-five-second advantage over his compatriot Gary Paffett in a Mercedes-Benz.
“The conditions today were really anything but easy,” Green said after his 14th triumph in the #dtm. “Achieving a victory on the first weekend of a new #racing season is always good. My thanks go to Team Rosberg and to everyone at Audi Sport: this success is an initial reward for the hard work in winter.” Head of #audimotorsport Dieter Gass was impressed by the Briton’s performance as well: “Today, it was difficult to judge when to change to rain tires. The driver is now completely on his own in the #dtm. Jamie (Green) handled this superbly and truly deserves this victory. It was a fantastic result for us.”
Like the day before, drivers of all three Audi Sport teams scored points on Sunday. Nico Müller from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline was the second-best Audi campaigner even though the Swiss was pushed into his brand colleague Loïc Duval by Mercedes-Benz driver Robert Wickens at the start and suffered a puncture in the incident. From the last position, Müller recovered to fifth place in his damaged car.
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