ETCC: Ford RS-Line signs German legend Roland Asch

Rs-Line Signs German Touring Car Legend Roland Asch, a legend in the German Touring Car racing, will join his young fellow countryman Sebastian Grunert at the wheel of the two RS-Line Sport Team Ford Focus ST170 cars in the 2004 FIA European ...

Rs-Line Signs German Touring Car Legend

Roland Asch, a legend in the German Touring Car racing, will join his young fellow countryman Sebastian Grunert at the wheel of the two RS-Line Sport Team Ford Focus ST170 cars in the 2004 FIA European Touring Car Championship.

The team, owned by Sabine Stiefel and managed by her husband Rainer, is eagerly waiting to receive the first of the two cars which are currently under construction at the Hotfiel Sport workshop.

"We have planned start testing in the early days of March, and we are all working to be ready in time for the two days of testing in Monza," Rainer Stiefel revealed.

22-years old Sebastian Grunert from Dresden was the first driver selected; a promising young talent, he emerged from the national one-make trophies, from the BMW Formel ADAC up to the Porsche Carrera, going through Citroën Saxo, Toyota Yaris and Renault Clio.

His newly-signed team-mate, Roland Asch, is a Ford dealer, but also one of the most popular drivers in Germany. During his long and successful career he drove for the AMG Mercedes team (DTM vice-champion in 1993, behind Nicola Larini), and then switched to the German Super Touring Championship as works driver for Ford and Nissan (he won the 1995 Nurburgring round in a Ford Mondeo).

"Despite being 53, Roland is eager to join us. He will be of unvaluable help in developing the car, and Ford is interested and happy to see him involved in the programme," Stiefel commented.

According to the team, the agreement with Asch is currently limited to the first five or six ETCC events, but it might be extended to the remaining ones. RS-Line will also use Thomas Muhlenz and Tobias Pfister as test drivers.

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Series General
Drivers Nicola Larini , Roland Asch , Thomas Mühlenz
Teams Citroën World Rally Team