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DTM ace Jamie Inexperienced has no intention of retiring, in search of new manufacturing facility deal

The 39-year-old Briton was a mainstay of the DTM for 16 steady seasons between 2005 and 2020, scoring 17 wins for Mercedes and Audi and ending second within the standings in 2015.

However since his Audi manufacturing facility deal concluded on the finish of 2020, the 2004 Formulation three Euroseries champion has solely raced as soon as for Audi GT buyer Sainteloc within the Spa 24 Hours, whereas working his two sons in cadet karting.

Inexperienced nonetheless insists that he’s not contemplating retirement and advised Autosport that he’s actively in search of alternatives for an everyday programme in GT racing, having made sporadic appearances in GT World Problem, Italian GT and ADAC GT Masters occasions outdoors his primary DTM programme in recent times.

“I haven’t received my head round retiring, I didn’t need to retire and I nonetheless haven’t retired,” stated Inexperienced.

“I’m nonetheless actually keen about motorsport, I’m nonetheless match and I’m nonetheless aggressive – I completed on the rostrum in my final two DTM races.

“I didn’t know what was going to occur this 12 months. I used to be hopeful I could get some type of function inside Audi to proceed racing in GTs however Audi already had a giant pool of GT drivers they usually had been fairly loyal to these guys, in order that meant there wasn’t actually any alternative there.

“I’ve been involved with different producers since however I’m nonetheless principally out there.

“I’d take pleasure in doing a correct programme in GT racing that I can get my tooth into and actually get to know the automobile, as a result of the cool factor about it’s you might be out so usually.

“I feel as a result of I used to be in an Audi [at Spa], the general public within the paddock in all probability thought, ‘oh, he’s nonetheless beneath contract to Audi’ however that really expired on the finish of 2020.”

Jamie Green, Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Audi RS 5 DTM

Jamie Inexperienced, Audi Sport Workforce Rosberg, Audi RS 5 DTM

Picture by: Alexander Trienitz

Inexperienced is optimistic that the inflow of producers coming into the sportscar racing enviornment for the 2023 convergence of Le Mans Hypercar and LMDh will present alternatives, regardless of by no means having raced a prototype.

Whereas conceding that “LMDh is kind of a good distance off”, he believes that his expertise of driving high-downforce vehicles in DTM would make up for any shortfall in multi-class racing situations.

“Particularly up till 2017 we had vital downforce within the DTM, I’ve all the time felt fairly at house in high-grip vehicles so I feel that may swimsuit me,” he stated.

“If you know the way to make use of downforce, then you definitely’ll be positive in any automobile with downforce. I might say it could in all probability be simpler for me to adapt to a prototype automobile than it could to a GT automobile.

“GT vehicles don’t have a lot downforce and are heavier, and I used to be nonetheless in a position to be aggressive in that in opposition to guys who’re within the automobile 25 weekends a 12 months, a few of them for the final 10 years.”

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Inexperienced added that the modified mannequin of the DTM, which has moved away from an all-pro collection populated by manufacturer-funded groups to a collection for GT3 vehicles with personal groups usually partially funded by paying drivers, would make it unlikely for him to return.

He got here near the title in 2015 and 2017, in each years thwarted by gearbox failures whereas main on the Purple Bull Ring.

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