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Tue 23 Dec 2003
First Opel test for Frentzen and Fassler
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First Opel test for Frentzen and Fassler

With test sessions at Vallelunga, Italy, not too far from Rome, Opel Performance concluded the DTM-activities in the year 2003. During the test, Opel's two new signings for the 2004 DTM-season, former F1-driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Swiss ...

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...

Wed 17 Dec 2003
Biela to lead British Audi team's 2004 assault

Biela to lead British Audi team's 2004 assault

Frank Biela bids for a fourth Le Mans 24 Hour race victory next June with a newly-formed British-based Audi team. Biela, winner of the world-famous sportscar endurance race in 2000-3, fellow German Pierre Kaffer and Britain's Jamie Davies are...

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...

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...

Sun 30 Nov 2003
Change of circuits for 2004
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Change of circuits for 2004

The 2004 DTM calendar was announced at the Essen Motor Show today and there are some changes to the circuits from this year. The series returns to previously used tracks in Portugal, the Czech Republic and Germany, while Austria, the UK and the ...

2004 DTM calendar
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2004 DTM calendar

<pre> 2004 DTM race calendar April 18 Hockenheimring Germany May 2 Estoril Portugal May 16 Adria International Raceway Italy June 6 EuroSpeedway Lausitz ...

Increased co-operation between DTM & Euro F3
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Increased co-operation between DTM & Euro F3

DMSB and ITR increase co-operation in Formula 3 Euro Series The co-operation between the DTM and its junior partner Formula 3 will be even stronger in the future. As of next season, the marketing rights for the successful junior category, the ...

Opel confirms Fassler signing
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Opel confirms Fassler signing

Marcel Fässler to compete for Opel in 2004 DTM * Minimum of four new Opel Vectra GTS V8s -- roll-out in February * In addition to Marcel Fässler, Opel sign Peter Dumbreck and Manuel Reuter * Joachim Winkelhock to stay with Opel as "OPC ...

Works DTM entry for Audi in 2004

Works DTM entry for Audi in 2004

Last season, the motorsport involvement of AUDI AG was concentrated on supporting customer and importer teams. Now, the Audi marque returns to the race tracks with works teams: With a total of six newly developed touring cars based on the Audi A4,...

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 ...

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 ...

Sun 23 Nov 2003
Stoddart turns down Albers deal
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Stoddart turns down Albers deal

Only a few days after Christijan Albers' manager said he was confident a deal could be reached with Minardi, Paul Stoddart has turned down offers from the Dutchman's sponsors. Lodewijk Varossieau, Albers' manager, had said only the details...

Thu 20 Nov 2003
Opel completes Misano test
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Opel completes Misano test

Opel completed a three-day test at Misano in Italy last week, preparing for the 2004 season and also running the first of the driver assessment programmes. As last winter, the manufacturer is testing quite a line up of drivers in consideration for...

Thu 30 Oct 2003
Opel preparing for driver assessments
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Opel preparing for driver assessments

As the manufacturer did last winter, Opel is preparing to run driver assessments in November with a view to next year's signings. The test was originally scheduled for this month, at the Lausitzring, but was cut short due to bad weather. As ...

Wed 29 Oct 2003
Mercedes Stars & Cars 2003
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Mercedes Stars & Cars 2003

This year's motor sport season ends traditionally with the Mercedes-Benz Stars & Cars event on the DaimlerChrysler Stuttgart-Untertürkheim plant premises on Saturday, November 8, 2003 from 10:00 until 16:00. All Mercedes-Benz race drivers of...

Sun 19 Oct 2003
Tyre testing at Lausitz
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Tyre testing at Lausitz

One driver from each of the three DTM manufacturers completed the first winter test of Dunlop tyres at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz last week. Mercedes' 2003 champion Bernd Schneider, Opel's test driver Marcel Tiemann and Abt-Audi's Martin Tomczyk...

Mon 13 Oct 2003
Former German racer, Johann Abt died

Former German racer, Johann Abt died

Johann Abt passed away on Saturday at the age of 67 after a long and serious illness. He is survived by his wife Thea and their two sons Christian (36) and Hans-Jürgen Abt (40). Born in December 1935, Johann Abt was one of Germany's most ...

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 ...

Mon 06 Oct 2003
Final 2003 standings
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Final 2003 standings

@>Drivers' Championship: Pos Driver Nat Points --- ---------------------------------------- ----- ---------- 1. Bernd Schneider D 68 2. Christijan Albers ...

Audi Motorsport newsletter 2003-10-04
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Audi Motorsport newsletter 2003-10-04

First DTM point for Audi Junior Peter Terting Audi Junior Peter Terting exceeded his season's expectations at the DTM finale (German Touring Car Masters) at Hockenheim: The youngest DTM driver ever in "Touring Car's Premiere Division" collected...

Hockenheimring II: Opel race report
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Hockenheimring II: Opel race report

Opel's Peter Dumbreck on fourth in DTM -- F3 title win for Briscoe and Opel In front of a massive 105,000-strong crowd at Hockenheim in Germany, Opel ended its DTM season just one-second away from the podium after a thrilling final ...

Hockenheimring II: Mercedes race report
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Hockenheimring II: Mercedes race report

Bernd Schneider Champion -- Jean Alesi Wins Christijan Albers 12th after tyre failure and runner-up in the championship Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes) is the 2003 DTM Champion. The 39-year-old came home sixth in the thrilling ...

Hockenheimring II: Abt Sportsline race report
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Hockenheimring II: Abt Sportsline race report

Abt driver Mattias Ekström on the podium at DTM-final With a veritable motorsport thriller and another podium finish, Abt Sportsline has bowed out of the DTM-season. In front of the absolute dream crowd of 105,000 spectators, Mattias Ekström...

Sun 05 Oct 2003
Hockenheimring II: Race results
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Hockenheimring II: Race results

Pos Driver Nat Team Time Laps --- -------------------- --- ------------------------------ ---------- ----- 1. Jean Alesi F AMG-Mercedes +1:00:46.0 37 2. Mattias ...

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 ...

Hockenheimring II: Sunday warmup
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Hockenheimring II: Sunday warmup

Pos Driver Nat Team Time Laps --- -------------------- --- ------------------------------ ---------- ----- 1. Peter Dumbreck GB OPC Team Phoenix 1:47.712 13 2. Mattias ...

Hockenheimring II: Abt Sportsline qualifying report
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Hockenheimring II: Abt Sportsline qualifying report

Mattias Ekström starting from pole-position for DTM-final With strong nerves and a perfect lap, Mattias Ekström clinched pole-position for the season final of the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) at Hockenheim. In eighth place after timed ...

Hockenheimring II: Opel qualifying report
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Hockenheimring II: Opel qualifying report

Peter Dumbreck (OPC Team Phoenix) starts the tenth race of the DTM at Hockenheim from gird position two. With this, Opel starts a race from the first row for the second consecutive time, after Timo Scheider (OPC Team Phoenix) was on pole position...

Sat 04 Oct 2003
Hockenheimring II: Mercedes qualifying report
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Hockenheimring II: Mercedes qualifying report

Jean Alesi Third - Bernd Schneider Fifth, Christijan Albers Ninth Three brands in the top-three positions and within two tenths of a second DTM championship contenders Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes) and Christijan Albers (ExpressService...

Hockenheimring II: Qualifying report
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Hockenheimring II: Qualifying report

Ekström ahead of Dumbreck in qualifying thriller, over 50,000 tickets sold The most exciting DTM-final ever becomes an absolute thriller because of the starting grid. With the Abt-Audi TT-R, Mattias Ekström claimed pole-position ahead of Peter...

Hockenheimring II: Qualifying top ten
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Hockenheimring II: Qualifying top ten

Pos Driver Nat Team Laps Time Gap To 1st --- -------------------- --- --------------------- ---- --------- ------- ------- 1. Mattias Ekström S PlayStation 2 Red Bul 1 1:48.389 2. Peter...

Hockenheimring II: Qualifying
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Hockenheimring II: Qualifying

Pos Driver Nat Team Laps Time Gap To 1st --- -------------------- --- --------------------- ---- --------- ------- ------- 1. Bernd Schneider D Vodafone AMG-Mercedes 9 1:48.777 2. Jean Alesi ...

Hockenheimring II: Saturday practice
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Hockenheimring II: Saturday practice

Pos Driver Nat Team Laps Time Gap To 1st --- -------------------- --- --------------------- ---- --------- ------- ------- 1. Jean Alesi F AMG-Mercedes 20 1:49.158 2. Bernd...

Nurburgring II: Friday practices report
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Nurburgring II: Friday practices report

Abt-Audi strong at the Nürburgring, Opel-driver Dumbreck fourth behind Abt-trio Three Abt-Audi-drivers topped the time sheet at the end of the second test session on Friday before the seventh round of the DTM at the Nürburgring. The fastest...

Nurburgring II: Qualifying report
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Nurburgring II: Qualifying report

"Super-Pole at night will be mega" Three drivers of Abt-Audi, three of Opel and four of Mercedes-Benz qualified for the DTM's first Super-Pole competition at night. Points leader Bernd Schneider (AMG-Mercedes CLK) was fastest in the 40 minutes'...

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