DTM Invitation Race Shanghai/China, July, 17./18. 2004 DTM is ready to go for Shanghai race Expectations are high in the hot and humid atmosphere of Shanghai for a thrilling DTM race this weekend on the street circuit built in the...
DTM Invitation Race Shanghai/China, July, 17./18. 2004
DTM is ready to go for Shanghai race
Expectations are high in the hot and humid atmosphere of Shanghai for a thrilling DTM race this weekend on the street circuit built in the Pudong district of the City. At the pre-race press conference, representatives from the manufacturers and drivers were all very enthusiastic about the prospects for the coming race.
Hans Werner Aufrecht (Head of ITR):
"This is a big step for ITR & DTM in a city with such an exploding economy. It is very important to us where events are held from a marketing point of view and China is a very important market for us, particularly where spectator interest is so high."
Volker Strycek (Opel Motorsport Director):
"China is a booming market for GM and Opel and it is very important for us to be here as a marketing instrument for the Company. At the Norisring, we had 20 cars on the grid within one second of each other and I am expecting the same in Shanghai, which will give us a very exciting race."
Wolfgang Ullrich (Audi Motorsport Director):
"I am very impressed with the country and China is a very big market for Audi. Because the car on which our race car is based is in production in China, this is very important to us from a marketing point of view. Our strategy this weekend will be to tell our drivers to keep away from the walls, as they are less forgiving than the tyre walls! It will be tough racing, but we will try not to touch anything, as we have further races in the near future to consider."
Norbert Haug (Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Director):
"This is the most important step for DTM as it is the first in a city of such economic importance. I am deeply impressed with the welcome from the Chinese people and this is much better than expected. This is a prestigious race even though it is not a championship event and we are going to go flat out for the win. Both the C-Class and E-Class models will be in production in China in 2005 and this is a great opportunity for us to promote these models to the Chinese."
Soeda Koji (President Director Dunlop):
"DTM has a long association with Dunlop, which we are very happy with and this represents a good opportunity to show the quality of Dunlop tyres at such a prestigious event."
Tom Kristensen (Audi):
"The circuit looks very good & fast, although the pedestrian crossings will reduce the level of grip in some of the corners. I am looking forward to the race and I am sure that the very enthusiastic spectators will be impressed with the cars."
Emanuele Pirro (Audi):
"I am very pleased with the warm welcome we have received and I am looking forward to the race. I have no doubt now that the track has been very well constructed and this further adds to my enthusiasm. The Audi is a very comfortable car, so the heat should not be too much of a problem, although the high humidity will make it a tough race."
Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Opel):
"There is not much difference between the Asian and European fans, as the level of enthusiasm is very high on both sides. The big difference for me is in the cars - the DTM cars are very different to the single seaters I have been used to and the racing is much closer - it should be very exciting."
Timo Scheider (Opel):
"The track looks impressive and very faster than I expected. I am looking forward to the Race but I will be very careful of those walls! Although the hot and humid conditions are different for us, the races are only 30 minutes long, so this should not be a problem."
Christijan Albers (Mercedes-Benz):
"This is a really good atmosphere in a really nice city! I like the track a lot and because I do not have to worry about Championship points, I will enjoy the race. I will still have to be careful though and will build up steadily to the race."
Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz):
"There are some very tight corners and fast straights, so it should be a very interesting race. I like street circuits, having won at the Norisring recently and I hope I can make the car work as well this weekend."