GREEN TAKES FIRST EVER ZANDVOORT WIN

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Jamie Green said vic­tory at Zandvoort was a “dream come true” af­ter clinch­ing his first win at the Dutch cir­cuit in last Sun­day’s sec­ond DTM race.

Hav­ing edged com­pa­triot Gary Paf­fett for the race two pole, Green led away at the start but came un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure from those be­hind.

Race one win­ner Robert Wick­ens was the most ag­gres­sive of those to chal­lenge the leader, the Cana­dian draw­ing along­side Green on lap 11 at Tarzan cor­ner and drew along­side the Bri­ton on the exit of the cor­ner, but couldn’t force a way past.

Audi driver Green made the most of that break af­ter his manda­tory pit­stop to edge clear while slic­ing through traf­fic, fin­ish­ing a com­fort­able nine sec­onds clear of Paf­fett, who claimed a first podium of the sea­son, and Edoardo Mor­tara.

Green is now sec­ond in the points, seven be­hind BMW’S Marco Wittmann.

“The two fifth places in qual­i­fy­ing and the race on Satur­day were OK,” said Green. “[But] the pole po­si­tion on Sun­day was re­ally great.

“In 2006, I’d taken pole po­si­tion once be­fore but for my first vic­tory on this fan­tas­tic race track I had to wait for another 10 years.

“Win­ning at Zandvoort has al­ways been my dream. To­day, it came true.

“Zandvoort is one of the real driver tracks on the cal­en­dar. Win­ning here is re­ally spe­cial for me.

“In the early stages, my rear-view mir­ror was filled and I thought win­ning would be dif­fi­cult. But on my sec­ond set of tyres I was faster and able to con­trol the race.”

Wick­ens failed to fin­ish the sec­ond race af­ter suf­fer­ing a punc­ture, but took max­i­mum points in the open­ing event with a dom­i­nant drive, the HWA driver lead­ing from start to fin­ish to take the flag com­fort­ably clear of Wittmann and the Mucke Mercedes of Chris­tian Vi­etoris.

Green fi­nally landed Zandvoort DTM win Vic­tory was first for Green in 2016

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