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Jamie Green Defends Penalty-Causing Restart in DTM

Audi’s Jamie Green drove his Audi RS5 DTM home to victory in the second race of this season’s DTM season, despite earning a stop/go penalty during the series’s new restart protocol. The Englishman recently defended his restart, saying he didn’t understand the penalty.

“I don’t really know what they are talking about,” Green told after the race. “We’ve been discussing how the rules should be for the front row and when the race starts, who decides when it starts and so on.”

The five-second stop/go penalty was given out because the stewards felt that Green had pulled out an unfair lead after illegally braking before the lights went green and the race restarted.

DTM is trying a new, Indy-style safety car restart, in which the cars line up two-by-two at 50 mph on the front straight, before the racing restarts at full speed.

“My understanding is that the race starts when the lights go off and we also had the race director on the radio saying ‘green’ when the race starts,” said Green. “I was trying to keep at basically the same speed as Timo. As far as I understood it, he’s dictating the speed and the pace and I just tried to stay close to him.”

Whatever the case, the penalty didn’t hamper Green too badly, as he went on to win it ahead of Mercedes’s Gary Paffett.

After two races, Green is in second in the driver’s championship standings. DTM next heads to the Lausitzring on May 20.


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