Jamie Green Defends Penalty-Causing Restart in DTM

Jamie Green Defends Penalty-Causing Restart in DTM

0 comments 📅09 May 2017, 17:45

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[source: motorsport.com]

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