DTM Zandvoort: Last Third of the Title Race
The track: The 4.3-kilometre Zandvoort circuit is located in the sand dunes and separated from the North Sea shore just by a street. When it's windy sand can make the surface slippery causing changeable conditions on the track. Mercedes drivers won two out of the three DTM races held at Zandvoort (Uwe Alzen in 2001 and Christijan Albers in 2003).
Rush of spectators: The organisers have built an additional grandstand with 4,100 seats for the 2004 DTM race after the main grandstand with a capacity of 17,000 had been sold out shortly after the beginning of the advance ticket sales.
The DTM debut in 2001 had been attended by a crowd of 40,000. 45,000 spectators saw the race in 2002 and 62,000 watched Christijan Albers' home win last year. 528.000 spectators saw the first seven 2004 DTM events, an increase of 30 percent over last year's numbers. An average of more than 75,000 attended each event. For Zandvoort, a new record crowd is expected.
Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:
"So far Zandvoort was the race on the DTM calendar which had the biggest crowd outside Germany. In 2003, 62,000 spectators meant a new record attendance. According to the advance ticket sales we can expect even more Dutch fans to visit the circuit in the North Sea dunes. Many of them will support last year's winner Christijan Albers in his home race. I expect an exciting race with many drivers to fight for victory."
"For me and for the many Dutch fans, who are expected at Zandvoort my home race is the highlight of the season. I'm looking forward to this interesting and challenging circuit and to my supporters who always create a great atmosphere. It's crucial to perform well in qualifying because it's very difficult to overtake on this track with its many long and tight corners."