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Donington: Mercedes preview

Start of the Second Half of the Season With the sixth round of the DTM this weekend at Donington, England, the championship begins the second half of the exciting 2003 season. Prior to the race at Donington, the top five drivers are within 14 ...

Start of the Second Half of the Season

With the sixth round of the DTM this weekend at Donington, England, the championship begins the second half of the exciting 2003 season. Prior to the race at Donington, the top five drivers are within 14 points. Leader Christijan Albers (ExpressService AMG-Mercedes) is just one point ahead of Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes).

History: This year's race is the fifth DTM event at Donington. Three were staged from 1993 to 1995 with two races each. Bernd Schneider clinched two victories for Mercedes-Benz in that time. When the DTM returned to the English track a year ago, Jean Alesi drove the AMG-Mercedes to his first victory in what was only his third DTM race.

International DTM: Donington is one of four DTM races taking place outside Germany. Also with respect to the drivers, the championship is becoming more and more international: the first six drivers in the overall ranking are from six different nations: 1, Christijan Albers, Netherlands, 36 points; 2, Bernd Schneider, Germany, 35; 3, Marcel Fässler, Switzerland, 29; 4, Peter Dumbreck, Scotland, 23; 5, Laurent Aiello, France, 22; 6, Mattias Ekström, Sweden, 17.

Positive balance of attendance: A total number of 296,000 spectators attended the first five events of the 2003 DTM. This is an increase of 7.6 percent compared to last year.

Visit from colleagues: Although England's Gary Paffett is the only British driver among the nine Mercedes-Benz DTM pilots, all of them can count on support from numerous particularly interested fans. About 1,300 colleagues from Mercedes-Benz Formula One partner McLaren and the Formula One engine subsidiary Mercedes-Ilmor have been invited to Donington by Mercedes-Benz Motorsport to watch the race.

2002 Donington winner Jean Alesi (AMG-Mercedes):

"I am getting to grips with the 2003 AMG-Mercedes CLK better and better, and at the Norisring, I missed my possible first podium finish of the year only due to my jump start. I would be very glad if I could make up in Donington. I like the atmosphere and I have a lot of fans there. The fast corners at the back of the track are particularly challenging, and they can be watched very well from the spectator banking."

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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Peter Dumbreck , Bernd Schneider , Christijan Albers , Mattias Ekström , Gary Paffett