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Cecotto to drive for Opel at Hockenheim

Johnny Cecotto to contest in final race at Hockenheim Two-time world motorcycle champion and ex-Formula 1 driver in Opel Euroteam V8 Coupé The two-time world motorcycle champion and former Formula 1 driver Johnny Cecotto will be contesting for...

Johnny Cecotto to contest in final race at Hockenheim
Two-time world motorcycle champion and ex-Formula 1 driver in Opel Euroteam V8 Coupé

The two-time world motorcycle champion and former Formula 1 driver Johnny Cecotto will be contesting for Opel in the final DTM (German Touring Car Masters) race at Hockenheim this coming weekend. The Venezuelan is going to take the wheel of a 462-hp strong Astra V8 Coupé run by the Opel Euroteam (number 31).

The race will mark Johnny Cecotto's return to the DTM after ten years. In 1988, he drove for Mercedes, from 1989 to 1992 for BMW, taking the vice-champion's title in 1990. As a BMW works driver, his track record included winning the 1994 and 1998 German Super-Touring Car Championship (STW). "Of course, I've been watching the new DTM as well. This is a high-calibre championship and I'm delighted to be able to participate in the final race," said the 46-year-old driver who just a few days ago successfully defended his title in the V8Star series with the Irmscher Team.

During Nurburgring test drives scheduled on short notice, Cecotto, a native of Caracas who now lives in Italy with his wife and two children, gained a first impression of the V8 Coupé. "What struck me in particular were the carbon brakes, deceleration is simply gigantic," reported Cecotto, who was world motorcycle champion in 1975 and 1977 before changing to car racing. "The Opel renders an outstanding impression but it's not easy to adjust to the special characteristics of a DTM touring car and the standard tyres used in the series."

Opel motorsport boss Volker Strycek: "Johnny Cecotto is an immensely successful and experienced racing driver. At the final race at Hockenheim he's guaranteed to be a worthy addition to the impressive line-up of DTM drivers."

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Series DTM
Drivers Johnny Cecotto , Volker Strycek