Opel have signed Belgium driver Yves Olivier to complete their driver line up for 2002. Olivier will drive alongside Alain Menu in the Euroteam and previously raced a year old car with Team Phoenix in 2001. Opel motorsport boss Volker Strycek ...
Opel have signed Belgium driver Yves Olivier to complete their driver line up for 2002. Olivier will drive alongside Alain Menu in the Euroteam and previously raced a year old car with Team Phoenix in 2001. Opel motorsport boss Volker Strycek thinks Olivier will add to the international appeal of DTM as well as being a strong addition to the squad.
"Yves Oliver demonstrated his skills on the circuit as well as at the trackside last year, I am convinced that he will be an excellent complement to our very strong driving squad," Strycek said. "A Belgian and a Swiss living in England in an Italian team with a German car - this underscores the increasingly international nature of the DTM. And, with a race going to Zolder this year, the DTM will see its debut in Yves' native country as well."
Opel had its shakedown in Italy at the end of last year and the new Astra V8 Coupe did additional testing in France. Developed with Fondmetal Engineering, the final aerodynamic package will be used in the tests at Oschersleben and Hockenheim in the last sessions before the season opener on April 21st.
Strycek said that although there was still work to be done for Opel, they were looking forward to the new season: "The test drives have confirmed our results obtained during the development stage, including wind tunnel data. We're on a good track, with a lot of work ahead of us, though, between now and the first race of the season. At least, when the three manufacturers contesting the DTM first met at the Paul Ricard test, their lap times were very close. This promises to make for a very exciting DTM season, to which we're looking forward with great anticipation."