Joachim Winkelhock completes Opel's line-up
Works driver will be contesting his fourth season in the Astra V8 Coup?

Opel have completed their line-up for the DTM: Joachim Winkelhock has extended his contract as an Opel works driver. The 1999 winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be contesting his fourth DTM season in a 470 hp strong Astra V8 Coup?. With seasoned drivers 'Jockel' Winkelhock, Manuel Reuter, Timo Scheider and Alain Menu as well as the newly signed Peter Dumbreck (Scotland) and Jeroen Bleekemolen (The Netherlands), each of Opel's six cockpit positions has been filled. Yet to be decided is the drivers' assignments to teams Holzer, Phoenix and Euroteam. Each team will be entering two cars.

Joachim Winkelhock.
Photo by Opel Performance Media.
"My first return to the cockpit during last week's test drives in Italy gave me a very good feeling," said the 42-year-old Winkelhock. "I was able to see for myself that the recent changes, like the new structure and the central OPC-DTM-Center as well as the expanded engineering team headed by the new technical director, Wiet Huidekoper, are effective. They're all highly motivated and pulling in the right direction. I'll do my best to ensure that we'll be able to reap the fruits with Opel in the new season."

Jockel Winkelhock, who launched his career in 1979, contesting the Renault one-make series, and who clinched three touring car titles with BMW as well as the 1999 Le Mans victory, has been driving for Opel since 2000. So far, this period has been marked by one victory, five podium finishes and two pole positions. Opel motorsport director Volker Strycek: "We're happy to keep Jockel Winkelhock onboard. He's one of the best German touring car drivers and extremely popular. That's why his place is in the DTM. With Winkelhock, Reuter, Scheider, Menu, Dumbreck and Bleekemolen, we've got a strong team, being well set for the DTM."