Jeroen Bleekemolen to race an Opel Astra V8 Coupé
21-year-old Dutchman to join the Opel Euroteam
Dutchman Jeroen Bleekemolen will be competing for Opel in the 2003 German Touring Car Masters series. The 21-year-old will be taking the wheel of a 462-hp Astra V8 Coupé to be entered by the Italian Opel Euroteam. With Jeroen Bleekemolen, as well as Manuel Reuter, Alain Menu and Timo Scheider, four Opel drivers have so far been signed for the DTM series, in which Opel are going to enter a total of six V8 Coupés.
"Jeroen Bleekemolen convincingly demonstrated his talent during our drivers' evalution.
At the age of 21, he has an impressive basic speed and is highly capable of providing feedback to the engineers," says Opel motorsport director Volker Strycek. "Jeroen perfectly fits our concept of promoting young drivers by entering them in the DTM series."
Jeroen Bleekemolen comes from a Dutch family of racing drivers. Having started his career in kart racing in 1995, Jeroen changed to formula racing in 1998, competing in the German Formula 3 Championship as well. In 2001, he became Vice-Champion in the FIA GT Championship, while last year saw him clinch the second place in the Dutch Touring Car Championship.
"I'm overjoyed. Being able to enter the DTM makes a dream come true for me. Of course, there's a lot for me to learn, but I'm confident that I'll be able to hold my ground against the seasoned DTM pros," says Jeroen Bleekemolen, who lives in Ardenhout, less than five minutes away from the Zandvoort circuit. "The DTM is highly popular in the Netherlands. I can hardly wait to compete in the race at my home track in Zandvoort, with 50,000 fans in attendance. I'm sure this will be my personal highlight of the season."