Bright sunshine, but freezing cold marked Opel's test session in Dijon, France last Friday. At temperatures notably below zero, it is hard to judge the value of the acquired data in the preparation process for the 2003 DTM-season. "On one hand, we have made progress, but on the other hand, it is hard to judge the results because of the cold weather", says Dr. Ulrich Pfisterer, OPC's project co-ordinator.
Like before, Opel-works driver Manuel Reuter drove the Opel Astra V8 Coupé (chassis RCO 24), concentrating on suspension and shock-absorber tests. "In fact, it went well, but, with temperatures of minus five degrees, the grip level of the tyres was very low", the German said. On the day before, he had returned relaxed from a twelve day holiday in Dubai.
Timo Scheider and new signing Jeroen Bleekemolen shared driving duties in the second Astra V8 Coupé (RCO 21) that ran in Dijon. On this car, the focus of the test was on the differential. Dr. Ulrich Pfisterer: "Especially Jeroen's performance made us quite happy. He is making very good progress, he is taking on his job in a very calm and collected way and analyses very well."
Opel's next test session is scheduled to take place in Vallelunga, Italy, this week.