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A1-Ring: Opel preview

A1-Ring: Grand Prix circuit is more difficult than it appears Following Zolder, Belgium, and Donington Park, UK, the A1-Ring in Austria will be the third foreign DTM venue, marking the eighth of ten races in the 2002 series. "The Grand Prix ...

A1-Ring: Grand Prix circuit is more difficult than it appears

Following Zolder, Belgium, and Donington Park, UK, the A1-Ring in Austria will be the third foreign DTM venue, marking the eighth of ten races in the 2002 series.

"The Grand Prix circuit near Zeltweg is more difficult than it looks," says Opel works driver Manuel Reuter. As a long-time resident of Saalfelden, Austria, the A1-Ring represents something like a "home match" for the 2000 DTM vice-champion: "Many friends, as well as the mayor of Saalfelden, will be coming to the race at the A1-Ring."

Reuter, who scored the fastest time in the qualifying sessions at Donington Park, describes his home track as demanding, though more on the car than the driver. "The setup represents a difficult compromise. On one hand, you minimise the use of your wings to maximise your top speed, on the other, you need a lot of downforce in the intermediate and final sectors."

Opel "junior" Timo Scheider, who has been living in Rankweil, Austria, since the beginning of this year, adds: "The A1-Ring has a very special kind of grip level. There isn't a lot of rubber on the tarmac, because the track isn't used much for racing."

-opel-

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Series DTM
Drivers Manuel Reuter , Timo Scheider