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Adria test under way

The official DTM test at the Adria International Raceway in Italy started today with a press conference in which Hans Werner Aufrecht, chairman of the ITR, praised the new modern facility near Venice. The DTM last raced in Italy at Mugello seven...

The official DTM test at the Adria International Raceway in Italy started today with a press conference in which Hans Werner Aufrecht, chairman of the ITR, praised the new modern facility near Venice. The DTM last raced in Italy at Mugello seven years ago and this year Adria will be the second round of the championship.

Mercedes driver and former champion Bernd Schnieder, Opel's Alain menu and Abt-Sportsline's Karl Wendlinger also took part in the press conference. The three drivers will be joined for the rest of the week by drivers from all three manufacturers for the common test session.

In the next few days, Schneider, joined by Jean Alesi, Marcel Fässler and Uwe Alzen, who will drive the four new Mercedes CLK cars in 2003, will test the new chassis. Bernd Maylander, Tomas Jäger, Stefan Mücke and Christijan Albers will drive the 2002 spec cars this season and Katsutomo Kaneishi is expected to be officially confirmed soon. The Japanese driver will join the Persson team.

All six Opel drivers; Alain Menu, Manuel Reuter, Timo Scheider, Peter Dumbreck, Joachim Winkelhock and Joroen Bleekemolen will alternate at the test with a new Astra V8 Coupé and last year's chassis over the week.

Abt-Sportsline will reportedly only have new signing Peter Terting and Karl Wendlinger on duty, in last year's chassis' while the team concentrates on building the new TT-R. Abt subsidiary team First Choice Racing ran the 2002 car in a silver and dark red livery.

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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Karl Wendlinger , Marcel Fassler , Joachim Winkelhock , Bernd Maylander , Uwe Alzen , Manuel Reuter , Christijan Albers , Timo Scheider , Peter Terting , Kaneishi Katsutomo , Stefan Mücke , Alain Menu