Jamie Green is the longest serving driver in the DTM. The Briton has been in the series since 2005 and an Audi driver since 2013. In 2015, 2016 and 2017 he was one of the title candidates until shortly before the end of the season. In 2018 he dropped to the last position in the standings. In 2019, the veteran fought his way back to the top, clinched two pole positions and won one race.
“To win is and remains a great feeling,” says Jamie Green before his 16th DTM season. The Briton had to wait two years for his 17th DTM victory. Until everything finally came together again for the Audi driver at Sunday’s 2019 race at the Nürburgring: pole position in qualifying and first place in the race. Up to this redemptive moment Jamie Green had a lot of work to do.
“2019 was my first season with a turbo race car. It took me a few races to get used to its special engine characteristics,” he says. With a pole position at the Lausitzring, Green returned to the circle of candidates for victory in the second half of the season. By then he had won 16 DTM races. In 2015 he had secured the vice championship, in 2016 and 2017 he had finished third in both races. “To finish in the top three three times in a row is not a matter of course in the DTM,” says the Briton, who continues to compete with number 53, with which his father used to race.
The year 2017 was particularly tough for Jamie Green, who seemed to be well on the way to finally realizing his big dream. In Spielberg he was heading for a sure victory on the penultimate race weekend of the season when he suddenly was unable to shift gears shortly before the end of the race and as a result dropped back to third place in the overall standings behind his teammate René Rast and Mattias Ekström. Although Green won one of the two final races at Hockenheim, in the end he had to settle for third place and watch his new teammate René Rast being crowned DTM Champion in his first year straight away.
But then, as now after Rast’s second title win, the German-British cooperation works. “Of course I still want to win the DTM title as well. But René did a great job again last year and I was very happy for Team Rosberg. Because we live a healthy competition there that pushes each of us forward,” says Green.
This is also how the new head of Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Kimmo Liimatainen, sees it: “Both drivers complement each other perfectly, cooperate openly and fairly.” For the new Rosberg team director it is also clear: “Jamie is extremely motivated for the new season, he is on fire. He’s determined to show that he’s not out of the woods yet.”
With his wife Ginny and three children, Jamie Green lived in Monte Carlo on the Côte d’Azur for many years. During the winter and summer holidays, the five Greens were regularly drawn back home to England. The plan to move back to England matured. “In Leicester, we now enjoy our big garden, which we unfortunately didn’t have in Monaco.” This marked the beginning of a new phase in Green’s life, because life in Great Britain, especially in winter, is different from life on the Côte d’Azur, where he enjoyed cycling tours with racing colleagues such as Paul Di Resta, Lucas di Grassi, Alex Wurz and David Coulthard. “Cycling is still my favored training,” says Green. He has also discovered golf on the island for himself. With his eldest son Zachary, he enjoys karting. And at the local football stadium, Green is always cheering on his favourite club Leicester City in the Premier League – in true style in the blue club jersey of the “Foxes.”
Green began his motorsport career around his hometown. After the first attempts at stock car racing, a classic karting and single-seater career followed. The 2004 Formula 3 Euro Series title was ultimately the springboard to the DTM, in which he made a name for himself with four victories at the Norisring, among other things. Since 2013, he has been racing for Audi and is valued in the DTM squad not only for his speed but also for his technical understanding.
In motorsport, Jamie Green is now more versatile. For years he concentrated entirely on the DTM, but in 2018 he contested his first races in GT racing with the Audi R8 LMS. He also took on the license for the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife with the aim of contesting the 24-hour race in the Eifel at some point in the future. “This race track is the greatest challenge in motorsport.”
In everyday life, the Briton swears on the Audi RS 6 Avant: “I love this car! It is comfortable, practical and fast. My racing bike and golf clothes fit comfortably in the trunk.”
Jamie Green (GB)
Date of birth: June 14, 1982
Place of birth: Leicester (GB)
Place of residence: Leicester (GB)
Marital status: married to Ginny, one daughter (Georgiana), two sons (Zachary and William)
Height/weight: 1.78 m/67 kg
Motorsport since: 1992 (Audi driver since 2013)
1992–1993 Stock Car
2001 British Formula Renault Winter Series
2002 2nd place British Formula Renault Championship
2003 2nd place British Formula 3 Championship
2004 1st place Formula 3 Euro Series
2005 6th place DTM
2006 5th place DTM
2007 4th place DTM, 2 victories
2008 4th place DTM, 2 victories
2009 7th place DTM, 1 victory
2010 6th place DTM, 1 victory
2011 5th place DTM, 1 victory
2012 3rd place DTM, 1 victory
2013 11th place DTM (Audi RS 5 DTM)
2014 10th place DTM (Audi RS 5 DTM)
2015 2nd place DTM (Audi RS 5 DTM), 4 wins
2016 3rd place DTM (Audi RS 5 DTM), 1 victory
2017 3rd place DTM (Audi RS 5 DTM), 3 wins
2018 18th place DTM (Audi RS 5 DTM)
2019 8th place DTM (Audi RS 5 DTM), 1 victory
2020 DTM (Audi RS 5 DTM)