Jamie Green, British Audi Sport DTM driver interview

Jamie Green, British Audi Sport DTM driver interview

06.06.2020: Leicester-born Jamie Green has driven for Audi Sport in the DTM since 2013. Here he tells us what it's like to race in the world's most spectacular touring car series

Leicester-born Jamie Green has driven for Audi Sport in the DTM since 2013. Here he tells us what it's like to race in the world's most spectacular touring car series


'I started racing stock cars in the UK in 1992 and then moved through karts and single-seaters. I won the 2004 Formula 3 Euro Series and then moved into the DTM in 2005. I joined Audi in 2013, and this is my 16th season in the DTM.’




How popular is the series in Germany?


‘It’s massive. The German manufacturers are all very patriotic about it. Audi, BMW, Opel and Mercedes-Benz have all competed in it over the past 20 years, and they all want to win. Compared to the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), the cars are much more powerful and spectacular to watch. They are constructed from carbon fibre and are closer to Formula 1 cars than the road-derived touring cars in the British series.'





Which parts of the road-going Audi RS 5 are carried over to the race car?



‘Ha, the badges!’





Why is the series not better-known in the UK?



‘The series does come to the UK, but not every year. It’s getting more popular, but the crowds could definitely be bigger, and the series could be promoted better. I don't think people fully understand it. It gets branded as a road-car-based touring car championship like the BTCC, but it’s so much more than that.’




How close is the racing?



‘It’s extremely competitive. It’s one of the hardest championships in the world. There are no bad drivers on the grid. Compared to a BTCC car, the performance of a DTM car is stratospheric. Our cars have 600PS, and the speed and sound are awesome.


The series is incredibly technical, too. If the ride height at the front of my car is adjusted by just 0.6mm, I can feel the difference. You’ll never win a race unless you have a brilliant engineer – and, fortunately, I do, with Erich Baumgärtner.’




How do you feel about Audi withdrawing from the DTM?



‘It’s the end of an era, but we leave with a very proud record and some amazing memories. I’m looking forward to the DTM re-starting in August at Spa, and the eight more rounds that will follow. After that, I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I’m certainly not ready to retire!’





Alex Fisk-

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