PROST WINS THE ?500,000 CHARITY RACE
Goose skin atmosphere at the Norisring: 15 World Championship titles and 184 Grand Prix wins: Emerson Fittipaldi, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Jody Scheckter, Johnny Cecotto und Mick Doohan were frenetically celebrated by the crowds. The aforementioned six motor racing superstars returned to the race track on Saturday to contest a charity race as part of the DTM weekend at the Norisring: the 'Race of Legends'.
At the end of the day, four-time Formula One World Champion Alain Prost made it once again to the highest step on the podium. In addition to a trophy, the 'Professor' was handed a far more important prize: ?500,000 for several charity institutions.
German actor Veronica Ferres watched the race as a 'Special Guest'. As representative of the organisation 'Power-Child e.V.', Ferres was handed a share of the ?500,000 donation, while the drivers supported other charitable institutions and will support the following organisations with a share of the ?500,000: UK Youth, Farm Africa, Meninos do Morumbi, Agapedia (J?rgen Klinsmann-Stiftung), R?ves, Franz Beckenbauer-Stiftung.
"I'd like to congratulate DTM on this great activity," said Emerson Fittipaldi. "The charity race was a fantastic idea." ITR Chairman Hans Werner Aufrecht was thrilled: "I'm particularly proud on the fact that we succeeded in getting all the six World Champions into our idea right away. They raced for the good cause without asking for a fee and provided the motor racing enthusiasts a unique show."
On the track, the six idols contested three five-minute stints, with each of the legends contesting one stint in an Audi, one in a Mercedes Benz and one in an Opel. And in their close and thrilling battles for the fastest lap times, the six aces demonstrated that they haven't lost the skills to take a racing car to its very limits.
"I liked to drive all the cars and the atmosphere was just brilliant," said England's Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell after the race. And the winner, Alain Prost, praised his rivals: "I was truly impressed by the performance my friends delivered out there on the track. It was a great race, we had a lot of fun - and we have supported a good cause."
THE QUOTES OF THE 'LEGENDS'
"I truly enjoyed the racing. The cars resemble Formula cars a lot. I was truly impressed by the performance my friends delivered out there on the track. They have raced this kind of cars for the very first time and they delivered in fine style. My main ambition to take part in this event was the charity. "
"I liked all the cars. The Norisring is very bumpy and demanding. Should I be invited again, I'll be back. It was a great event to organise money for a good cause."
"I had a lot of fun. We provided the fans a great show. It was the first time ever, that I drove a race car. Great, that I could support the Charity."
"It's just fantastic to experience DTM. The level of the competition was extremely high and I enjoyed meeting some of my old friends, here at DTM. It was big fun. For the good cause, I'll do it again, at any time."
"I'm really delighted to be here and had a lot of fun. Everybody has done a great job, for the good cause. I'd like to congratulate DTM on this great idea and I hope to once again be a part of this event, next year. "
"For more than 25 years I haven't driven a racing car. At the beginning it was rather odd, but today I felt quite comfortable. I really enjoyed it."
"First of all I'd like to thank the drivers for taking part in this event. This was a great weekend, thank you very much, DTM."
Hans Werner Aufrecht:
"I'm particularly proud on the fact that we succeeded in getting all the six World Champions into our idea right away. They raced for charity without asking for a fee. I want to thank all my board colleagues but particularly the manufacturers and the drivers."