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Janis, Winkelhock and Mucke sign for Mercedes

Mercedes has confirmed three of the four drivers for the CLK-DTM cars it will field in 2004, Jarek Janis, Markus Winkelhock and Stefan Mücke. 20 year-old Czech Janis, who recently tested for the Jordan Formula One team, formerly competed in...

Mercedes has confirmed three of the four drivers for the CLK-DTM cars it will field in 2004, Jarek Janis, Markus Winkelhock and Stefan Mücke. 20 year-old Czech Janis, who recently tested for the Jordan Formula One team, formerly competed in German F3 and European F3000 and tested an AMG-Mercedes CLK at the Lausitzring last summer.

"I already raced in many different motor racing series, and I'm sure I will need this experience in the DTM as this is a highly competitive championship," said Janis. "I hope to learn enough until my race on home ground in September at Brno to be able to finish in the points."

Winklehock moves to the DTM from Euro F3, where he was fourth overall in 2003 driving for Mercedes, and previously competed in German F3. "After two years with Mercedes-Benz in Formula 3, I'm happy to step up to DTM," said the 23 year-old German. "It's my favourite championship and for me a dream comes true. However, to change from Formula 3 to DTM isn't an easy task at all -- with a DTM field of very good drivers I expect a very hard competition."

Mücke, also German, has driven for Mercedes in the DTM the previous two seasons for Team Rosberg. "I learned a lot in my first two years in DTM and I expect good results which I hope will draw the attention on me," he said.

Mercedes vice president of Mercedez-Benz motorsport Norbert Haug commented: "Jarek, Markus and Stefan attracted our attention with their good performances. With these three talents, we want to continue our support programme for young drivers. The DTM is the ideal championship for this purpose -- a driver who succeeds here is ready for the next step in his career."

Another driver is due to be announced by Mercedes shortly: Christijan Albers, Bernd Schneider and Jean Alesi have been confirmed for three of the four new C-Class cars the manufacturer is fielding in the HWA squad. Previous HWA driver Marcel Fässler signed for Opel for 2004 and Briton Gary Paffett is currently the favourite to replace him.

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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Marcel Fassler , Bernd Schneider , Christijan Albers , Norbert Haug , Gary Paffett , Markus Winkelhock , Stefan Mücke , Jarek Janis