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Mercedes unveils new CLK for DTM

Mercedes unveils new CLK for DTM

At the Geneva Motor Show this week Mercedez-Benz unveiled the new CLK car for the 2002 DTM (German touring cars) season. Mercedes will field four of the new shape cars with AMG drivers Bernd Schneider, Jean Alesi, Uwe Alzen and Marcel...

At the Geneva Motor Show this week Mercedez-Benz unveiled the new CLK car for the 2002 DTM (German touring cars) season. Mercedes will field four of the new shape cars with AMG drivers Bernd Schneider, Jean Alesi, Uwe Alzen and Marcel Fassler.

The new style race car is similar to the new CLK road car which was also unveiled at the event, the first time race and road cars have been presented together. Schneider and new team mate Alesi drove both the Mercedes-Benz CLK 320 and the CLK 500 onto the stage inthe Geneva Automobile Museum.

The new AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM 2002.
Photo by DaimlerChrysler.
The CLK-DTM has been improved within the strict rules laid down by the ITR, the sport's governing body. It has a completely new body and space frame and has been developed aerodynamically. The kinematics of the redesigned suspension have been optimised for the new Dunlop tyres which are taller and wider than previous ones. Various elements of the four-litre V8 engine have also been improved upon.

Mercedes confirmed their DTM driver line up, the four new CLK drivers are joined by Peter Dumbreck, Thomas Jager, Bernd Maylander, Christijan Albers and Stefan Mucke -- Mucke, who finished second in the German F3 championship last year, and former F1 driver Alesi are the two new additions to the squad.

Patrick Huisman, who was struggling to find the backing to remain in the series, was confirmed as 10th Mercedes driver. Non-AMG drivers will race with updated 2001-spec cars.

Bernd Schneider, Prof. J?rgen Hubbert and Jean Alesi.
Photo by DaimlerChrysler.
"The 2002 championship will be even more attractive," said Mercedes Motorsport Chief Norbert Haug. "Mercedes-Benz will enter four new CLK and six 2001 models. The sponsors showed great interest in the series, so that we could finance a total of ten cars like in 2001. I'm particularly glad to have Jean Alesi in the team who will certainly add to the attraction of the DTM."

The DTM season starts with the Presentation at Hockenheim on April 6th and the first race is also at Hockenheim, on April 21st.

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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Marcel Fassler , Peter Dumbreck , Bernd Schneider , Bernd Maylander , Uwe Alzen , Norbert Haug , Patrick Huisman , Thomas Jäger , Stefan Mücke