Jamie Green is a prime example of just how tough the DTM is: in 2015, 2016 and 2017 he was one of the hot favorites for the title until shortly before the end of the season. Last year saw him backslide to the bottom of the points table.
“In my 15 years of contesting the DTM this was my first season without a podium finish,” says Green. “This shows that anything can happen in the DTM – regardless of your past achievements. My goal for 2019 is clear: I want to be champion.”
It is not Audi’s style to drop one of its drivers after a difficult season. “We owe a lot to Jamie,” says Arno Zensen, the team principal of Audi Sport Team Rosberg, a squad for whom Green will contest his fifth DTM season. “He made a major contribution to us winning the championship in 2017. 2018 was a slip-up. I’m still convinced that we have the strongest driver combination in the DTM with Jamie and René (Rast).”
Green has won a total of 16 DTM races. In 2015 he claimed vice-championship honors, and came third in 2016 and 2017. “Finishing in the top three in three consecutive seasons shouldn’t be taken for granted in the DTM,” says the British racer, who competes in the number 53 car, a starting number that his father also raced under.
2017 proved to be a particularly tough year for the Briton. Green seemed to be well on his way to finally make his big dream come true. At the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, on the penultimate race weekend of the season, he was headed for a sure victory when, shortly before the end of the race, he was suddenly no longer able to shift gears and, as a result, dropped to third place in the overall standings behind his teammates René Rast and Mattias Ekström. Although he won one of the final races at Hockenheim, he ultimately had to settle for third position and watch his new teammate, René Rast, be crowned DTM champion in his very first year. “Obviously, that was tough for me, but René did a great job and I was very happy for Team Rosberg. Their title win was more than overdue. I hope that my time will come too. The DTM title has been and continues to be my big aim.”
For many years, Jamie Green lived in Monte Carlo on the Côte d’Azur with his wife, Ginny, and their three children. During the winter and summer vacations, the five Greens would regularly return to England. Over the years they considered moving back to England, a plan the family has since turned into reality. “In Leicester, we now enjoy our big garden which, unfortunately, we didn’t have in Monaco.” For Green, this marked the beginning of a new stage in his life as, particularly in winter, life in the United Kingdom is different than it is on the Côte d’Azur where, above all, he enjoyed cycling with fellow race drivers like Paul Di Resta, Lucas di Grassi, Alex Wurz or David Coulthard. “Cycling is still my favorite cardio training,” says Green. “Plus, I go to the gym twice a week. When I’m traveling I go jogging.” Back home in England, Green discovered golfing. With his oldest son Zachary he also enjoys racing karts.
Green started his motorsport career in the area around his native Leicester. Initial attempts in stock car racing were followed by a classic karting and single-seater career. Finally, the title in the 2004 Formula 3 Euro Series was the springboard into the DTM in which he made a name for himself with four victories on the Norisring and other successes. Since 2013, he has been competing for Audi. In the DTM squad, he is not only valued for his speed but also for his grasp of technology.
In motorsport, Green has now expanded his activities as well. After having fully concentrated on the DTM for many years, he contested his first GT racing events in the Audi R8 LMS last year. In addition, he obtained a license for the legendary Nordschleife with the aim of one day contesting the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. “This race track is the greatest challenge that exists in motorsport.” In winter, he also got the opportunity to test the latest Audi e-tron FE05 from the Formula E electric racing series. The focus of the 2019 season, however, is very clearly on returning to his winning ways in the DTM.
He also dreams of winning his home race at Brands Hatch: “The Grand Prix circuit is old school; winning there would mean a great deal to me.” Green is looking forward to the maiden DTM race in Assen. “I’ve witnessed a lot of great motorbike races there and I’m curious to see if Assen is also a good race track for cars.”
For his everyday driving needs, the Briton is sold on the Audi RS 6 Avant. “I love this car! It’s comfortable, practical and fast. My racing bike and my golf equipment fit in the trunk. And if I’m ever running late, I can make up lost time in the RS 6.