GREEN RE­TAINS AUDI DTM SEAT

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Jamie Green has been re-signed at Audi for DTM in 2019, en­sur­ing that Bri­tain will be rep­re­sented in the Ger­man tin-top se­ries as reign­ing cham­pion Gary Paf­fett de­parts the se­ries and Paul di Resta has no con­firmed seat.

Green, 36, has 177 starts and 16 wins in the se­ries, while a ti­tle still eludes him af­ter a best fin­ish of sec­ond in 2015.

The Le­ices­ter driver was hit hard by the new rules in 2018, which aimed to re­duce aero, which Audi had an ad­van­tage in. He failed to win a race and fin­ished last in the stand­ings while Team Ros­berg team-mate Rene Rast took seven wins – more than his ti­tle win­ning year in 2017 – and sec­ond in the cham­pi­onship.

“We al­ready had an ex­tremely strong driver squad in 2018,” said Audi’s head of motorsport Di­eter Gass.

“In my view, they’re the right six for Audi Sport. All of them have the po­ten­tial to bat­tle for the DTM ti­tle.

“Aside from that, they again proved to be ex­tremely good team play­ers last sea­son.

“In the past, we changed the team com­po­si­tions from time to time.

“How­ever, in the cur­rent pair­ings, the drivers com­ple­ment each other per­fectly so that we didn’t see any room for im­prove­ment in this re­spect.”

This sea­son will be the first that Paf­fett hasn’t started in DTM since 2002, mak­ing 185 starts, tak­ing 22 wins and two cham­pi­onships in 2005 and 2018.

He has con­firmed that he would like to drive in the se­ries next year in a one-off out­ing.

“I ac­tu­ally men­tioned it to Uli Fritz [HWA boss] af­ter Hock­en­heim that I want to come and do a guest race next year just so I can race with a #1 on my car,” he said.

“He did con­sider it, but maybe not… But I think if I push hard enough some­thing good can hap­pen.”

That ap­pear­ance would have to come in the As­ton Martin team – new for 2018 and run by the same HWA out­fit that ran Mercedes’ DTM en­try – and that is also a po­ten­tial land­ing spot for di Resta.

The Scot fin­ished third in the cham­pi­onship with Mercedes last sea­son, and is one of a num­ber of drivers linked with the As­ton seats along with out-of-work For­mula 1 driver Sergey Sirotkin. Red Bull F1 re­serve Jake Den­nis, GP3 driver Jake Hughes and Porsche ju­nior driver Thomas Prein­ing all tested with HWA in Jerez last year.

Green was win­less in 2018 sea­son Ti­tle es­capes Green as he starts 14th year

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