Next season, French driver Laurent Aiello (35) will again be driving an Opel Vectra GTS V8 in the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters). At the Essen Motor Show, Opel's motorsport director Volker Strycek announced the extension of the contract with the French touring car specialist.

Laurent Aiello.
Photo by Opel Performance Media.

Thus, Laurent Aiello is the third driver that has been appointed by the manufacturer from Russelsheim for 2005. In addition to Aiello, Swiss Marcel F?ssler and Heinz-Harald Frentzen from the German town of Monchengladbach have already been announced as Opel works-drivers.

"I am really happy being able to continue our co-operation next year, because I am feeling really well within the Opel-team. The team members will do everything to be successful in the forthcoming season", Laurent Aiello says.

Opel motorsport director Volker Strycek: "I am happy with the continuation of our co-operation with Laurent Aiello. Both sides are highly motivated to do a good job and to achieve good results."

"Next to completing our driver line-up, we are now focussing on the development of our new race car. Preparations are going as scheduled, we will be driving our new car still this year."