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Sat 20 Sep 2003
Scheider on pole in Zandvoort qualifying shake-upHeadline
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Scheider on pole in Zandvoort qualifying shake-up

Opel's Timo Scheider took his maiden pole position in round nine of the DTM championship at Zandvoort, in what was a surprise shake-up in qualifying. Opel had been looking strong through practices and Team Holzer's Alain Menu was provisional pole...

Sat 13 Dec 2003
Frentzen moves to DTM with OpelHeadline
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Frentzen moves to DTM with Opel

Following in the footsteps of Jean Alesi, former Formula One driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen will move to the German Touring Car series (DTM) in 2004. Frentzen drove for Sauber in F1 in 2003 but both he and teammate Nick Heidfeld have been replaced...

Mon 22 Dec 2003
Aiello signs for OpelHeadline
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Aiello signs for Opel

Former DTM champion Laurent Aiello is another well known name to be joining the ranks of Opel drivers in 2004, after signing a deal with the manufacturer. Aiello took the title in 2002 with Abt-Audi but was unhappy with the performance of the car...

Sun 30 Nov 2003
Fassler to Opel in 2004Headline
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Fassler to Opel in 2004

Marcel Fässler has left Mercedes after four years with marque and will move to Opel for 2004. The 27-year old Swiss joined the DTM in 2000 with Mercedes and was Rookie of the Year, finishing fourth overall in the championship. He retained the ...

Wed 03 Dec 2003
Fassler ready for Opel challengeHeadline
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Fassler ready for Opel challenge

Marcel Fässler has spent all his four years in the DTM with Mercedes but now it's time for a change. Last week Fässler announced that he is moving to Opel for 2004 and is ready for a new challenge. After three fourth places in the championship...

Thu 27 Feb 2003
Alesi more at home in new environmentHeadline
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Alesi more at home in new environment

Jean Alesi is looking forward to the new DTM season and has settled into the series for this year. Recently home from a trip to the States, the Mercedes driver, who attended a presentation of the new E55 AMG in Detroit, thinks this year's Mercedes...

Fri 02 May 2003
Alesi adapting wellHeadline
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Alesi adapting well

Jean Alesi is confident that he has adapted to the DTM and thinks the new single race format will suit his style. Prior to the season opener at Hockenheim last weekend, Alesi spent time testing and was happy with improvements made to the ...

Fri 18 Apr 2003
F?ssler and Alesi team upHeadline
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F?ssler and Alesi team up

In a swap around from 2002, Mercedes drivers Marcel Fässler and Jean Alesi will be team-mates in the DTM this year. Last season Alesi partnered Bernd Schneider and Fässler drove with Uwe Alzen but for 2003 Alzen and Schneider will drive the...

Tue 23 Sep 2003
Albers wins home race at ZandvoortHeadline
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Albers wins home race at Zandvoort

Dutchman Christijan Albers took victory in front of his home crowd at Zandvoort and in doing so kept the title fight open to the final round at Hockenheim. Points leader Bernd Schneider fought back from thirteenth on the grid to finish second, so...

Wed 30 Apr 2003
Good start to the season for F?sslerHeadline
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Good start to the season for F?ssler

The DTM season opener at the Hockenheimring proved a good one for fans and teams alike and especially for Mercedes. Despite the downpour on race day, Mercedes triumphed with a one-two finish and four cars in the points scoring positions. Vodafone...

Sun 06 Apr 2003
Aiello preparing to defend titleHeadline
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Aiello preparing to defend title

Current DTM champion Laurent Aiello is getting ready to defend his title this season, hoping to succeed in the task to take the championship for a second year. The Frenchman, who was previously British Touring Car champion, thinks Abt-Audi will be...

Thu 06 Mar 2003
Aerodynamic tests for MercedesHeadline
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Aerodynamic tests for Mercedes

At the Hockenheim circuit last week, Mercedes ran straight line aerodynamic tests with the 2003 chassis. Currently there is only one new car available to test, with a second to be finished shortly. Mercedes will field four new cars this year, and...

Sun 05 Oct 2003
Opel to run Vectra GTS in 2004Headline
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Opel to run Vectra GTS in 2004

After racing the Astra V8 Coupé in the DTM for four years, Opel's focus will switch to a car based on the Vectra GTS five-door model for the 2004 season, motorsport director Volker Strycek announced at Hockenehim this weekend. The manufacturer ...

Fri 06 Jun 2003
Alesi annoyed with ungentlemanly tacticsHeadline
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Alesi annoyed with ungentlemanly tactics

Jean Alesi is none too pleased with some of the tactics that go on in the DTM, describing drivers' actions at the last race at Nürburgring as unscrupulous and "not very gentlemanly". The AMG Mercedes driver has previously voiced his critical ...

Fri 25 Apr 2003
Alzen and Mercedes part companyHeadline
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Alzen and Mercedes part company

Just one day before the first race weekend of the DTM season, Mercedes and Uwe Alzen have parted company. Alzen, 35, drove for Mercedes in 2001 and 2002 for the HWA Mercedes squad and was fifth in last year's Driver's championship. No reason has...

Tue 22 Apr 2003
Alesi praises 'fantastic' seriesHeadline
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Alesi praises 'fantastic' series

Jean Alesi is looking forward to his second season in the DTM and thinks the series is very exciting. Driving again for Mercedes, the former F1 star is impressed with the organization and pleased how well the fans are treated. "The DTM, in my ...

Mon 06 Jan 2003
Albers close to Minardi dealHeadline
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Albers close to Minardi deal

Christijan Albers is reportedly close to signing a deal with Minardi and the Dutchman's manager is confident that the details can be sorted out. Minardi team principal Paul Stoddart confirmed in December that Albers was in the running for the race...

Sun 30 Nov 2003
Aiello and Audi part companyHeadline
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Aiello and Audi part company

In what is turning out to be a busy week in DTM, Laurent Aiello has parted company with Abt-Audi, the team he won the 2002 championship with. Audi had a comparatively poor season in 2003 and Aiello only managed fourth in the title standings as ...

Tue 09 Sep 2003
Fassler wins A1-Ring battleHeadline
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Fassler wins A1-Ring battle

Marcel Fässler finally converted pole position into a win at the A1-Ring after a hard fought, thrilling battle with double champion Bernd Schneider. The two Mercedes drivers went head to head in the final half dozen laps in what was a truly ...

Thu 22 May 2003
Albers eager for more good resultsHeadline
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Albers eager for more good results

Christijan Albers, newly promoted to a 2003 spec CLK at the start of this season, wasted no time proving Mercedes had made the right decision. A fifth place finish in the season opener at Hockenheim was the warm up to his maiden DTM victory in the...

Thu 16 Jan 2003
Abt in favour of single raceHeadline
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Abt in favour of single race

Abt-Audi boss Hans-Jürgen Abt is in favour of scrapping the current two race DTM format for one longer race. The pre-main event qualifying race is usually seven to nine laps, depending on circuit distance and there has been discussion on the ...

Tue 07 Oct 2003
Alesi wins Hockenheim, Schneider is championHeadline
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Alesi wins Hockenheim, Schneider is champion

Jean Alesi won the last DTM race of the season at Hockenheim and Bernd Schneider took the 2003 championship, his third title in four years and his fourth in the DTM since 1995. Third on the grid, Alesi overtook the second placed Opel of Peter ...

Sun 07 Sep 2003
Fassler on pole at A1-RingHeadline
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Fassler on pole at A1-Ring

AMG Mercedes driver Marcel Fässler will start the eighth round of the DTM at Austria on pole position, his third pole of the season. Fässler was out fourth in the super-pole after qualifying seventh in the first session and set a 1:27.212 for ...

Sun 23 Feb 2003
Schneider aiming for one place betterHeadline
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Schneider aiming for one place better

Double DTM champion Bernd Schneider was happy with last season's results, despite losing his title to Laurent Aiello. The battle between the two went to the penultimate round at Zandvoort but Mercedes driver Schneider had to concede defeat....

Fri 21 Mar 2003
Mercedes top first 2 days of Adria testHeadline
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Mercedes top first 2 days of Adria test

Stefan Mücke topped the times for the first two days of the official DTM test at Adria in Italy this week, the Mercedes driver beating the new CLK in one of last year's chassis. Setting a fastest of 1:12.91 on Wednesday, Mücke bettered it by...

Mon 17 Mar 2003
Alesi heads for AdriaHeadline
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Alesi heads for Adria

Like all the DTM drivers, Jean Alesi will be at Adria in Italy this week for the four-day ITR test session (18-21 March), the new circuit on the DTM calendar for the second round this year. It will be the first time all three manufacturers, ...

Fri 04 Apr 2003
F?ssler happy with new CLKHeadline
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F?ssler happy with new CLK

After taking part in the common DTM test at Adria in Italy last month, Mercedes have been back to work this week at the A1-Ring in Austria. Work focused on set up and tyres ahead of the season opener at Hockenheim on April 27th and the final test...