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Boxing meets DTM

7th round DTM Nürburgring, August 15-17, 2003 Clear the ring for a weekend of superlatives: "Boxing meets DTM" A weekend of superlatives is awaiting the spectators that are coming to the Nürburgring from August 15 till 17. Under the motto ...

7th round DTM Nürburgring, August 15-17, 2003
Clear the ring for a weekend of superlatives: "Boxing meets DTM"

A weekend of superlatives is awaiting the spectators that are coming to the Nürburgring from August 15 till 17. Under the motto "Boxing meets DTM", there will be plenty of action on three days on and off the track. Next to the seventh round of the 2003 DTM at the Nürburgring as the highlight, there will be a wide range of further attractions: on Saturday evening the professional boxing gala with world champion Markus Beyer and shortly before that the spectacular fight for the DTM pole-position by night on a lit track (live on ARD from 22.15 h).

Pop star Jeanette will be accompanying Beyer's entry into the arena with the DTM-song "Right now". Fans of "No Angels" and "Right said Fred" can be delighted as well. These bands will provide entertainment on Sunday from 12.15 h, just before the DTM-race.

"For sure, this will be a mega event," says DTM-fan Markus Beyer. "I am convinced that it will be great," enthuses Laurent Aiello, who is "kickboxing as an absolute amateur": "I love boxing and I like to watch the fights on TV." Almost the entire DTM-starting field agrees with the reigning DTM-champion. Every one of them is looking forward to the event.

Action all day long -- August 16 will be a long Saturday in the Eifel

But what will happen exactly? One thing after another: on Friday (August 15), there is a 30 minutes' DTM night practice at 22.00 h to get used to the circumstances. August 16 will be a long Saturday (see also the attached time schedule). On 9.50 h, the DTM training is taking place, followed by the second qualifying of the Formula 3 Euro Series and the first race of the Formula BMW ADAC at 12.15 h. From 13.05 h, the DTM-engines will be revved up again: in timed practice it is all about the grid positions eleven through 21 and the qualification for the nightly "Super-Pole." Opel's Joachim Winkelhock says: "Indeed, everyone will be driving flat-out in order to be among the ten fastest drivers and be able to take part at night."

The action continues without a break all through the Saturday afternoon with the Formula 3-race, practice sessions of VW Lupo and Porsche Cup, DTM pit-walk, DTM autograph session, SWR3 DTM Party (from 16.30 h), show programme on the ARD-stage, and then from 22.25 h the fight for the Super-Pole. At 18.00 h, the tent for the boxing gala will be opened with support fights starting at 19.00 h. The boxing highlight, the fight of Markus Beyer against Danny Green, will be on at approx. 23.50 h. And no world championship match without an after fight party. The party after the match will be taking place at the Dorint Hotel at the Nürburgring.

Abt-Audi team principal Hans-Jürgen Abt: "We want to do something for the spectators to make motorsport even more attractive, which is why we are always taking on new things with the DTM."

Mercedes-Benz motorsport director Norbert Haug says: "With the Super-Pole, taking place just before the boxing match, the DTM is further developing itself. There will be footage from a lit track unseen so far, and they will surely find their way to a large and enthusiastic audience on ARD."

Opel motorsport director Volker Strycek, who was behind the wheel of an Opel DTM race car himself during the recent nightly DTM light test in the Eifel, is convinced: "Training and qualifying at night will surely be a fascinating experience for drivers and spectators alike."

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Series DTM
Drivers Laurent Aiello , Joachim Winkelhock , Norbert Haug , Hans-Jurgen Abt , Danny Green