MONTVALE, N.J. (August 7, 2000) - Mercedes-Benz driver Klaus Ludwig drove the Warsteiner AMG Mercedes CLK to victories in both heats of the fourth event of the German Touring Car Series (DTM 2000) Sunday. Before more than 50,000 enthusiastic fans at Germany's Sachsenring, Mercedes-Benz achieved a double podium sweep as Peter Dumbreck and Bernd Schneider claimed second and third place, respectively. For the 50-year-old Ludwig, it was the 35th and 36th DTM victories of his illustrious racing career, which includes the drivers' title in the 1994 DTM championship.
"It was like the good old times," Ludwig said with tears in his eyes. "Fortunately, it was a perfect race."
Third-place finisher and former DTM and GT champion Schneider padded his lead in the points standings (106 points) over Manuel Reuter (Opel/79) and Ludwig (74).
In the first heat, Ludwig and Dumbreck qualified on the front row and held their positions throughout the 30-lap race. Schneider, who started in 11th position, moved up to seventh after five laps. When three drivers, including Reuter, dropped out with tire problems, Schneider grabbed third place. In the second race, Ludwig, Dumbreck and Schneider again finished 1-2-3, with Mercedes drivers Marcel Fassler and Marcel Tiemann making it an all-Mercedes top-five.
The nine-race DTM 2000 series moves to Germany's famed Nurburgring circuit on Aug. 20.