DTM BUILDS BRIDGES - 20,000 ENTHUSIASTS VISIT THE MOTOR RACING FESTIVAL IN FRANKFURT/ODER In brilliant sunshine, 20,000 enthusiasts visited the 'Motorsport Action Day' in Frankfurt/Oder to celebrate DTM and its drivers, with Brandenburg's...
DTM BUILDS BRIDGES - 20,000 ENTHUSIASTS VISIT THE MOTOR RACING FESTIVAL IN FRANKFURT/ODER
In brilliant sunshine, 20,000 enthusiasts visited the 'Motorsport Action Day' in Frankfurt/Oder to celebrate DTM and its drivers, with Brandenburg's Minister of Economic Affairs, Ulrich Junghans, ceremonially welcoming Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Opel), Pierre Kaffer (Audi) and local hero Stefan Mücke (Mercedes-Benz) in the city located on river Oder.
The highlight of the day: the demonstration drives of Audi's, Mercedes-Benz' and Opel's race taxis. Behind the wheel of their cars, Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Opel Vectra GTS V8), Pierre Kaffer (Audi A4 DTM) and Stefan Mücke (AMG-Mercedes C-Class) crossed the Oder Bridge and drove to the polish city Slubice.
"This has been a highlight for all the citizens of our region," beamed Brandenburg's Minister of Economic affairs, Ulrich Junghanns, after having experienced the trip to Slubice as Heinz-Harald Frentzen's passenger. "By this activity, DTM has massively contributed to the international understanding, thus demonstrating Europe's cosmopolitan attitude."
During a press conference held in the course of the 'Motorsport Action Day', the ADAC Brandenburg and the ITR e.V. announced that a round at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz will be also on the DTM calendars for the forthcoming three seasons.
To spice up the race at the Lausitz, the race taking place next week is supposed to be already held at a new track version: so far, the DTM races were contested at the 4.5-kilometre GP circuit of the EuroSpeedway, but now the DTM venue has been shortened to 3.5 kilometres by a 170-metre connection between the back straight and the 'Apcoa-Kehre'.
"The new layout for the DTM race will make the event at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz even more attractive for the fans," says ITR Chairman Hans Werner Aufrecht. "The new 'ADAC-Kurve' with its width up to 32.5 metres offers a lot of space for overtaking manoeuvres and the spectators will be provided with even more race action, thanks to the reduced lap times."
Due to the extremely narrow construction schedule, the decision if the new layout will be actually used for the DTM round won't be made before the Friday tests will be completed.