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Helary returns to Opel

Following former Formula 1 driver JJ Lehto, Eric Helary is another driver about to return to an Opel cockpit. As a teammate of the Swiss Alain Menu, the Frenchman will be contesting the ninth DTM race in Zandvoort, the Netherlands, this coming ...

Following former Formula 1 driver JJ Lehto, Eric Helary is another driver about to return to an Opel cockpit. As a teammate of the Swiss Alain Menu, the Frenchman will be contesting the ninth DTM race in Zandvoort, the Netherlands, this coming weekend in an Opel Astra V8 Coupé run by Opel Euroteam. The 36-year-old Helary, former winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, competed in the 1998 and 1999 German Super Touring Car Championship and the 2000 DTM series as an Opel works driver. During this time, Helary achieved two victories for Opel as well as nine additional podium finishes and three pole positions.

"I'm simply overjoyed being able to drive a DTM Opel again," said Eric Helary, who last visited the DTM race at the Nurburgring as well as being present during the Opel test in Dijon. "The DTM is a super racing series as the exciting race at the A1-Ring has once again shown. And I've been closely connected with Opel ever since my time in the French Touring Car Championship." Last week, Helary paid a visit to Gabriele Seresina's Opel Euroteam in Italy, familiarising himself with his new 'place of work'. "There's been quite a bit of change since 2000."

Opel motorsport director Volker Strycek: "With Eric Helary, we have an excellent racing driver and ambitious fighter returning to our team. After his outstanding comeback with a tenth-place finish at the A1-Ring, we would have liked to have JJ Lehto race at Zandvoort as well, but commitments for Cadillac and Finnish TV require him to spend six weeks in the United States."

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Series DTM
Drivers Volker Strycek , Eric Helary , Gabriele Seresina , Alain Menu , JJ Lehto