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New season drawing closer

Biela, Frentzen and Schneider to line up for 18 April DTM season opener There is only three months before the new DTM season kicks off at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. With new big names such as Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Frank Biela, as...

Biela, Frentzen and Schneider to line up for 18 April DTM season opener

There is only three months before the new DTM season kicks off at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. With new big names such as Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Frank Biela, as well as Audi works power and brand-new DTM cars from Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Opel, it promises to be a fantastic season. On April 18 the lights will go green for the series' fifth season. The championship consists of ten rounds, six of them taking place in Germany and four in other European countries.

Apart from the Hockenheimring, venue of the season opener and the last round of the championship, the German rounds will take place at the traditional DTM venues of the Nürburgring, EuroSpeedway Lausitz and Norisring. Furthermore, the Motopark Oschersleben has returned onto the DTM calendar as a racing highlight for Northern Germany and second DTM event in Eastern Germany. The last DTM event at Oschersleben, in 2001, was a big success and a complete sell-out.

For two of the European rounds, DTM returns to the Circuit Park Zandvoort (NL) and to the Adria Raceway (I) near Venice, while Estoril (Portugal) and Brno (Czech Republic) are new venues on the DTM calendar.

"Particularly last year, DTM experienced a huge upswing and a true spectator boom," said ITR chairman Hans Werner Aufrecht. 632,000 spectators at the ten 2003 DTM events represent an increase of about 16.4 percent compared to 2002. "We are looking forward to our traditional venues but also to the new DTM rounds taking place at Estoril and at Brno," added Aufrecht. "Both circuits have already hosted exciting DTM races in the 1990s."

Furthermore, the established partners of DTM will once again spice up the show in 2004: Formula 3 Euro Series, Formula BMW ADAC Championship, ADAC VW Polo Cup (successor of ADAC VW Lupo Cup) and Porsche Carrera Cup will all be support races of DTM.

2004 DTM calendar

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Series DTM
Drivers Frank Biela