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EuroSpeedway: Opel preview

EuroSpeedway Lausitz: "Rhythm" and "composure" are key to success For the third time, the DTM will be staging a race deep in the eastern part of Germany, at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. At the sight of this stunning motorsport arena with its ample...

EuroSpeedway Lausitz: "Rhythm" and "composure" are key to success

For the third time, the DTM will be staging a race deep in the eastern part of Germany, at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. At the sight of this stunning motorsport arena with its ample layout and huge grandstands, all six of the Opel drivers -- Michael Bartels and Timo Scheider (Opel Team Holzer), Manuel Reuter and Joachim Winkelhock (Opel Team Phoenix) as well as Alain Menu and Yves Olivier (Opel Euroteam) -- are experiencing a touch of America. Contrary to the U.S. ChampCars, though, the DTM drivers will be racing the 3.667-kilometre Grand Prix circuit instead of the Trioval.

"The track has slow and fast corners but, most of all, corners to be taken at medium speeds," says Alain Menu, who started from the third position on the grid in his Opel Astra V8 Coupé last year but, after going into a full spin only a few metres later, fell far behind. "As a driver you have to find the right "rhythm" for this circuit as well as a vehicle set-up that lets you take the whole corner at sufficient speed."

Joachim Winkelhock, who finished sixth in the qualifying race for the most recent DTM meeting at the Norisring, says: "An aggressive driving style won't get you anywhere on this track, that's why I'm going to approach this race with a great deal of composure."

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Series DTM
Drivers Joachim Winkelhock , Timo Scheider , Michael Bartels , Yves Olivier , Alain Menu