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Lausitz: Mercedes preview

High Speed Debut of the DTM In the fourth round of the 2003 DTM this weekend at the EuroSpeedway, the DTM cars will race through a banked corner of a high speed oval for the first time. The 470-hp touring cars will then reach top speeds of ...

High Speed Debut of the DTM

In the fourth round of the 2003 DTM this weekend at the EuroSpeedway, the DTM cars will race through a banked corner of a high speed oval for the first time. The 470-hp touring cars will then reach top speeds of about 260 kph.

The track: In the fourth event at the Lausitz region 100 kilometres south of Berlin, the DTM will use for the first time Turn One of the tri-oval. Up to last year, the EuroSpeedway's DTM track went through the infield at the end of the front straight. One lap of the new DTM track is 4.575 kilometres long and the race distance is 37 laps.

After the 2002 race, drivers of Opel and Mercedes-Benz tested on the new circuit layout. HWA Technical Director Gerhard Ungar said: "In normal conditions there are absolutely no problems on this part of the oval."

Christijan Albers (ExpressService AMG-Mercedes), winner of the last two DTM races: "The new layout of the EuroSpeedway is a real challenge. I look forward to starting this event as overall leader. My target is to score as many points as possible to maintain my championship lead. However, this will be particularly difficult against such experienced drivers as Bernd Schneider, Jean Alesi and Laurent Aiello."

Jean Alesi (AMG-Mercedes): "In the high speed section, I expect slipstream fights with lots of overtaking opportunities. This will be particularly spectacular for the crowd."

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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Laurent Aiello , Bernd Schneider , Christijan Albers , Gerhard Ungar