Opel will be taking part in the invitation race of the DTM in Shanghai on July 18 with three Vectra GTS V8s for Germans Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Timo Scheider and Swiss Marcel FÃ¤ssler as well as one Astra V8 CoupÃ© for Dutch driver Jeroen ...
Opel will be taking part in the invitation race of the DTM in Shanghai on July 18 with three Vectra GTS V8s for Germans Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Timo Scheider and Swiss Marcel Fässler as well as one Astra V8 Coupé for Dutch driver Jeroen Bleekemolen.
Opel's commitment to the race in eastern Asia, following an invitation by the municipal government of the city, underlines the significance of the Asian market for General Motors, Opel's parent company. For the world's largest automotive manufacturer, the Chinese market is an essential part of a global expansion strategy. In China, GM is already selling products under the Buick, Chevrolet, Wuling, Opel and Saab brands.
"With our participation in the invitation race in China, we are continuing a tradition in the DTM", says Opel motorsport director Volker Strycek. "The DTM is a series that is deeply rooted in Germany."
"Since the 1990s, there has been a tradition of invitation races, which brought the DTM among others to the fans in South-Africa. The invitation of the Shanghai government underlines the significance of the DTM, which will become the first international race series to race in Shanghai, even before Formula 1."