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Lausitz: Opel preview

Following two foreign rounds in Estoril in Portugal and in Adria in Italy, the DTM is now returning to Germany: from June 4 till 6, the EuroSpeedway Lausitz will be hosting the fourth round of the current season. For Opel, the three proven ...

Following two foreign rounds in Estoril in Portugal and in Adria in Italy, the DTM is now returning to Germany: from June 4 till 6, the EuroSpeedway Lausitz will be hosting the fourth round of the current season. For Opel, the three proven works-teams will be taking part: the OPC Team Holzer with Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Timo Scheider and Manuel Reuter, the OPC Team Phoenix with Laurent Aiello, Marcel Fässler and Peter Dumbreck, all driving an Opel Vectra GTS V8, and the OPC Euroteam, that is entering an Opel Astra V8 Coupé for Jeroen Bleekemolen.

"After our two foreign rounds, we are happy that we are now racing in Germany again," says Opel motorsport-director Volker Strycek. "At the EuroSpeedway, we want to continue the good performance we showed there in previous years and achieve a good team result. We are expecting a good atmosphere with packed grand stands, because tickets are selling quite well."

Heinz-Harald Frentzen: "I am looking forward to the EuroSpeedway"

For Heinz-Harald Frentzen, the track in the Niederlausitz-region is unknown territory. "I have never driven there, I only know the EuroSpeedway from what I have seen on television. The entire facility seems to be very impressive. I am looking forward to getting to know the track. The team has provided me with extensive data, so that I have already had the chance to become familiar with the characteristics of the circuit. From a sporting point of view, I hope that we can continue at the point where we have stopped in Adria. I am still learning, but my performance is increasing at every race. When I succeed in not being pushed off the track by another driver this time, I hope to finish in the points."

Timo Scheider: "I am expecting exciting slipstream fights"

Timo Scheider, Frentzen's team-mate at the OPC Team Holzer, has already known the EuroSpeedway since its opening in 2000. "This track provides quite a few opportunities for overtaking. At the straights, I am expecting some exciting slipstream fights", the Austrian-based driver says. He is impressed by the atmosphere: "It is like on an oval in America. The pit lane is in the shadow of the massive grand stand that always impresses me. Every time you drive out of the pit box, you see the crowd, which is always an extra motivation." As far as his time schedule allows, Timo Scheider will also be watching the action in another race series at the EuroSpeedway: His fiancée Jasmin Rubatto will be racing in the new Mini-Challenge, that will have its first race together with the DTM.

A full programme for Opel: DTM and 24-hour race

After the DTM-race at the EuroSpeedway, another big event is ahead for Opel: on June 12 and 13, Opel is entering two Opel Astra V8 Coupés for the Int. ADAC 24-hour race at the legendary Nordschleife-circuit of the Nürburgring. Last year, Opel caught a lot of attention by claiming overall victory in this event. This year, the two Opel Astras, based on the competition car of the 2003 DTM, will once again be prepared and entered by the OPC Team Phoenix, that is located at the Nürburgring.

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Series DTM
Drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Laurent Aiello , Marcel Fassler , Peter Dumbreck , Manuel Reuter , Timo Scheider , Volker Strycek , Jeroen Bleekemolen , Jasmin Rubatto