2nd round DTM Adria International Raceway, May 9-11, 2003 Looking forward to DTM-comeback in Italy There are two premieres when the DTM arrives at the brand new Adria International Raceway for its second round of the 2003 season, from May 9 till...
2nd round DTM Adria International Raceway, May 9-11, 2003
Looking forward to DTM-comeback in Italy
There are two premieres when the DTM arrives at the brand new Adria International Raceway for its second round of the 2003 season, from May 9 till 11. On one hand, it is the first major motorsport event at the 2.702 kilometres long track near Venice. On the other hand, it is the debut of the new DTM in Italy. The entire DTM-fraternity is looking forward to the return of the series to the country of the motorsport-loving "tifosi".
From 1994 till 1996, the old DTM already had legendary fights in Italy, more specifically at Mugello in Tuscany. When the spectacular season opener at the Hockenheimring is being considered as an antipasto, fans can be looking forward to a delightful main course in Italy.
Hockenheim-winner Schneider: "Expecting an exciting fight with Aiello"
With his Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM, Bernd Schneider was the man of the opening round. For the first race abroad in 2003, he expects a counter-attack: "I expect Laurent Aiello and the Abt-team to be very strong at the Adria, because the lay-out of the track should suit their cars. In the Motodrom-section at Hockenheim, Laurent was half second faster than me in qualifying, and this section is narrow and twisty, just like the Adria-circuit."
Team mate Jean Alesi is looking forward to the race a little bit more than all the others -- after all, his ancestors came from Sicily. "In Formula 1, there always was a very special atmosphere in Italy. I am certain that the fans will be greeting the DTM with excitement. At this compact track, they certainly will get to see an exciting race."
Highly motivated to the Adria -- Opel with the Italian Euroteam
Opel entered six brand-new Opel Astra V8 Coupés at Hockenheim and finished the baptism of fire in a satisfying way, with two drivers in the points (Peter Dumbreck in sixth place and Timo Scheider in seventh). One of the three Opel-teams is especially motivated for the Italian round: the OPC Euroteam is based in Arese near Milan.
Opel-ace Manuel Reuter expects that "it will be really difficult for us as drivers at the Adria, because with the new race format, there will be 47 laps to race on the short track, with continuous accelerating and braking." But Reuter also knows: "For the spectators, it will be just great, because they can see almost the entire track." Fellow-Opel-driver Scheider judges: "I like the track, because it is unusual. It has its very own flair."
Aiello: "Qualifying and super pole particularly important"
The team Abt Sportsline is confident after the season opener. "We have seen that our new Abt-Audi TT-R is good for podium positions and race wins, and that is the most important thing", says Christian Abt. Champion Laurent Aiello is also happy with third place at Hockenheim. "When you can't win, you have to score as many points as possible, and that is what I did."
The Frenchman thinks that "our car hasn't reached its limits yet. There is still a lot of potential, and that is what makes me optimistic." As the track in Italy is almost entirely made up of narrow corners and hairpins and has no long straights for overtaking, Aiello is certain: "Qualifying and the subsequent Super-Pole will be particularly important."