DTM: Jamie Green to compete for Audi after eight years with Mercedes
By Berthold Bouman
Mercedes driver Jamie Green moves to Audi next year, Audi confirmed today. The ‘King of the Norisring’, as he has won the event four times, made the switch after an eight-year stint with Mercedes. Audi called the move a ‘spectacular transfer’ in one of the most beloved touring car series in Europe: the German DTM series.
“Audi is a fascinating brand with fantastic products,” Green said. “And I’m convinced that with Audi, I’ll be able to achieve what I’ve been deprived of so far: to win the DTM title.” But the 30-year old Brit found it hard to leave his current team, “I really owe my previous employer a lot and making the change after so many joint years has certainly not been easy for me. But I carefully considered this step and look forward to a new challenge — I can’t wait to sit in the Audi A5 for the first time.”
And he added, “He proved this in 2012 and was more or less able to choose the manufacturer he wanted to compete for in the DTM — we’re delighted that he has opted for Audi and convinced that with his experience and speed, he’ll truly be strengthening our DTM squad.”
Green started his career in single-seater racing, the highlight of his career was winning the British Formula Three Euro Series title in 2004, racing against Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, among others. Green moved to the DTM series in 2005, and scored two pole positions during his maiden season.
Green is an experienced driver, he has participated in 83 DTM races, winning eight of them, scored six pole positions and set the fastest lap 13 times and this year finished in third place after a titanic battle with his marque colleague Gary Paffett and BMW driver Bruno Spengler.