Number Crunching: The Lausitz weekend in figures
Why head-to-head winner Jamie Green couldn’t fall asleep in satisfied mood for 1035 nights, what a feat was accomplished by no other DTM driver than him, to date, and what hints make you believe that he will win the 2015 DTM title… all this is revealed by a glance at the lists and charts of the statisticians.
On the Lausitz race weekend, Jamie Green secured the 10th and 11th wins in his DTM career. This means that he worked his way up to fifth position in the winners’ record book of ‘New DTM’. But he will need another three race wins to close the gap to fourth-placed BMW driver Bruno Spengler. Green secured his 11 wins in a total of 107 races contested in the most popular international touring-car series – thus achieving a win rate of more than 10 percent.
Following his win at the Hockenheimring, the Briton had to wait for just 28 days to add the next success to his tally. The dry spell before the Hockenheim win, however, was clearly longer: the period of time between his Norisring win in 2012 and his triumph in the 2015 season opener added up to a massive 1035 days and 147 weeks respectively.
Last Sunday, Green secured his first hat-trick consisting of pole position, fastest race lap and race win. The last driver who made for this feat to date was reigning champion Marco Wittmann, in the 2014 Nürburgring round. Green who resides in Monaco is the only ninth in the exclusive club of drivers who made for such a hat-trick, in New DTM. Interesting fact: in five cases, the hat-trick driver also won the title.
But Green also secured a position in an even far more exclusive circle: securing the win and setting the fastest lap in two consecutive races is an extremely rare achievement in DTM. The last driver who did so was Bruno Spengler in 2006. And there was only one other driver to ever have accomplished this feet: in the millennium season, ‘Mister DTM’, Bernd Schneider, even did so twice, with his Mercedes.
And there is one more club with exactly one member: the driver of the orange Audi: Since the DTM revival in 2000, no other driver succeeded in winning three of the first four races of a season. At the end of the day, Green scored more points in the 2015 season so far than he had on his tally at the end of seven of the 10 DTM seasons he contested to date
Green’s employer, Audi, may be happy with the facts and figures achieved in the season so far. After all, 265 of the 404 points available were secure by the brand with the four rings. On Sunday, Green gave the Ingolstadt based brand their 70th DTM win, with all the five top positions being secured by Audis. The previous race Audi displayed a similar superiority in was the 2011 Valencia round where even six Audis secured the positions at the front end of the rankings. And three of the drivers who clinched top positions in that race in Spain also did so this year at the Lustring: Mattias Ekström, Miguel Molina und Timo Scheider.
Meanwhile, Team Romberg may be delighted with an even more pleasant upward trend: In the past, the squad secured just two race wins, both in 2012 and courtesy of Edoardo Mortara. So, due to the three wins of Jamie Green secured in four races, the 2015 season already is the most successful one in the history of the team. And in the team ranking, they are tied for the lead with the Abt Sportsline squad.
But despite all the enthusiasm of the statisticians – when the engines are started at the Norisring on 26th June, all the figures of the past are history, forgotten, and a new chapter in the DTM record books will be written