DTM 2003 live on television in France and Sweden

The popularity of the DTM outside of Germany is increasingly showing among foreign television stations. In 2003, DTM-races will be broadcast live outside of Germany for the first time. "Motors TV" will be showing the DTM live in France, the home country of reigning champion Laurent Aiello. "STV" is ensuring in Sweden that those interested in the DTM and the fans of young Swede Mattias Ekström will be sitting on the front row. Currently, negotiations with further interested broadcasting stations are ongoing.

Jeroen Bleekemolen will be racing an Opel Astra V8 Coupé

Dutch driver Jeroen Bleekemolen will be racing for Opel in the DTM 2003. The 21-year old will bee driving an Astra V8 Coupé for the Italian Opel Euroteam. Bleekemolen started his career in karting in 1995 and changed to single-seaters in 1998. In 2001, he became runner-up in the FIA GT championship, last year he claimed second place in the Dutch touring car championship. "I am overjoyed, because for me, racing in the DTM is a dream coming true", says Jeroen Bleekemolen.

Schneider, Mayländer & Mücke attend ADAC's 100 years' celebration in Berlin

Mercedes-Benz drivers Bernd Schneider, Bernd Mayländer and Stefan Mücke can be seen in action at the 100 years' celebration of the ADAC in Berlin next Saturday. Bernd Mayländer will be chauffeuring the chairman of the ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg, Dr. Wolf Wegener, onto the stage with the Formula 1 safety car, a Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG. Bernd Schneider will be showing his Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM from last year on stage.

25,000 visitors at the Race & Rally show in Maastricht -- DTM causes excitement

With 25,000 visitors, the inaugural edition of the new show fair "Race & Rally International" in Maastricht in The Netherlands (January 17 till19) was an instant success. The main actors in the exhibition halls and in the live arena were the DTM-teams of Abt-Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Opel with their drivers Mattias Ekström and Martin Tomczyk (Abt-Audi), Christijan Albers and Stefan Mücke (Mercedes-Benz), Timo Scheider and Jeroen Bleekemolen (Opel) -- with autograph sessions, interviews and driving demonstrations. The spectators gave standing ovations to the DTM-drivers.

Double duty for Opel-youngster Timo Scheider: he commuted between Maastricht and Cologne, where a 24-hour kart race took place. Scheider finished second behind DTM-duo Bernd Schneider and Thomas Jäger.

DTM flat out towards the season opener -- ticket sales have started

Pre-sale for the DTM's season opener at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg (April 25 till 27) has started. Tickets can also be ordered already for the rounds at the Nürburgring (May 25 and August 17) and the EuroSpeedway Lausitz (June 8).

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