7th DTM race, MOTOPARK Oschersleben (GER), August 6 - 8, 2004 DTM boom fans out to the north The next showdown follows hot on the heels this weekend (August 6 to 8) of last Sunday's highly-charged DTM race on the Nuerburgring - namely on the ...
7th DTM race, MOTOPARK Oschersleben (GER), August 6 - 8, 2004
DTM boom fans out to the north
The next showdown follows hot on the heels this weekend (August 6 to 8) of last Sunday's highly-charged DTM race on the Nuerburgring - namely on the northernmost course in the DTM calendar, the MOTOPARK in Oschersleben near Magdeburg. It is situated 250 kilometres from Hamburg, where the DTM entertained 20,000 people with the season's presentation in spring; Hannover and Leipzig are both 130 kilometres away, while Berlin is 150 kilometres away.
The DTM last staged a race on the 3.667 kilometre-long track in 2001, and the comeback in the north of the country is enyoying great demand: more than 23,000 tickets have already been sold in advance - a record for the MOTOPARK. The race track has braced itself for the drove of spectators with twice as many seats made available thanks to a reconstructed grandstand and additional stands.
The advance ticket sales for the MOTOPARK are also in line with the current trend in the DTM this season: a total of 462,000 spectators have come to see the six races to date. Three new spectator records have already been celebrated this year with 74,000 on the Lausitzring, 132,000 on the Norisring and 103,000 on the Nuerburgring.
Spectators can again look forward to a neck-and-neck race at the MOTOPARK. Audi driver Mattias Ekström (47 points), who leads by only five points, will be bent on defending his lead in the championship standings.
Christijan Albers (Mercedes-Benz, 42 points) was forced to relinquish his lead after failing to finish on the Nuerburgring. Third-placed Gary Paffett (35 points), a Mercedes-Benz driver, is in good attacking position. The Briton won the last three races. Timo Scheider (11 points) is the best Opel driver in sixth overall.
Mattias Ekström (26, Audi A4 DTM, overall leader):
"I'm very much looking forward to the Motopark as Audi should be at least as strong there as it was on the Nuerburgring. That means we will again be fighting for victory. It would be fabulous if I could win at the Motopark and one of my team mates came second. My aim, however, is to extend my lead in the overall standings."
Bernd Schneider (40, AMG-Mercedes C-class, fourth overall):
"I've been a total four times on the podium in Motopark Oschersleben in 2000 and 2001, and also won once. Four times I lapped the fastest in the race. Loads of tickets have already been sold in advance and the spectators there always ensure for a great atmosphere."
Tom Kristensen (37, Audi A4 DTM, fifth overall):
"I last drove in Oschersleben in 1999 in the STW championship and came second. The Motopark is a very demanding track with few opportunities to overtake. Our A4 is currently in great form and I'm sure that I won't disappoint my engineer or my team."
Marcel Fässler (27, Opel Vectra GTS V8, 10th overall):
"I only have good memories of Oschersleben. In Formula 3 I won for Opel on two separate weekends in 1999. In 2001, the last time we competed there with the DTM, I celebrated another two victories in the Motopark. It's certainly not a track that tests your courage, but it's nevertheless challenging as it demands a lot of technical ability."
Stefan Mücke (22, AMG-Mercedes CLK, 13th overall):
"This is my first DTM start in Oschersleben. I last competed there in Formula 3. The tyres come under a great deal of pressure on this narrow and winding course. I consider the Motopark as my second home race as the circuit lies just one and a half hours' drive away from Berlin, and I'm also expecting many Berlin fans to come."
Heinz-Harald Frentzen (37, Opel Vectra GTS V8):
"I was there when the race track was opened in 1997 - even a race driver doesn't often experience something like that. I've sadly never driven a race in Oschersleben. As I'm always open for anything new, I'm looking forward to getting to know yet another new race track after Adria, the Lausitzring, the Norisring and Shanghai."
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Audi Motorsport Director:
"We expect to fare equally well at the Motopark as we did on the Nuerburgring. I hope we can manage to further extend our lead in the championship with a good team result. We've already witnessed many times this year in the DTM how vitally important it is to get a good result in qualifying."
Norbert Haug, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Director:
"We've definitely got to reckon with Opel in Oschersleben. It will again come down to a three-way battle and I hope that it will also develop into a three-way battle in the championship. I hope all will remain open until the end and that it will be fairly acted out on the race track."
Volker Strycek, Opel Motorsport Director:
"We're looking forward to the race as we have already celebrated DTM wins there before. We were competitive on the Nuerburgring, just missed out on a podium finish. Our team and drivers are highly motivated. I'm convinced that they are again able to compete for a place on the podium at the Motopark and that they will deliver a good show for our fans."