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From March 18 till 21, the three DTM-makes Abt-Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Opel will be taking upon each other for the first time in the preparation for the new season at the new Adria International Raceway. Peter Terting and Karl Wendlinger will be...

From March 18 till 21, the three DTM-makes Abt-Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Opel will be taking upon each other for the first time in the preparation for the new season at the new Adria International Raceway. Peter Terting and Karl Wendlinger will be testing the Abt-Audi TT-R. Jean Alesi and Bernd Schneider, among others, have been included in the testing programme with the Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM, while at Opel, all six works drivers will be taking turns at the wheel.

On March 18, Swiss Alain Menu will be opening the action with the Opel Astra V8 Coupé. Together with Bernd Schneider and Karl Wendlinger, Menu will also be present at the press conference on March 18 at the Adria International Raceway.

DTM partner series Formula 3: a new name, more international, more attractive

In 2003, the German Formula 3 championship will have the new name "Formula 3 Euro Series", the amalgamation of the French and the German Formula 3. The series is being organised by the DMSB (Deutscher Motor Sport Bund) and the French federation FFSA. At seven events, the junior series is racing together with the DTM. Mercedes-Benz and Opel are also involved. Seven drivers are racing with engines from Stuttgart.

Opel, the most successful engine manufacturer in Formula 3 history, is supplying 13 drivers with Opel power. New in the line-up of the Rüsselsheim company is Nico Rosberg, the son of former F1-world champion Keke Rosberg, while Markus Winkelhock is one of the drivers racing for Mercedes-Benz. So far, 30 drivers from 13 countries and five continents have filed an entry.

Fitness course part II for Mercedes-Benz DTM-drivers at Majorca, Spain

Currently, the Mercedes-Benz DTM-drivers are in fitness training at Majorca. To be well prepared for the physical demands in the cockpit, the drivers are working on their condition in long cycle tours, endurance and sprint runs and an interval training, after which each driver will receive an individual training schedule for the upcoming weeks. Gymnastics, fitness and golf are also planned. Because of his duties as the driver of the Formula 1 safety car in Melbourne, Bernd Mayländer can't attend, Jean Alesi is preparing for the season with an individual training programme. The first fitness week took place in Austria in February.

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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Karl Wendlinger , Bernd Schneider , Bernd Maylander , Keke Rosberg , Nico Rosberg , Peter Terting , Markus Winkelhock , Alain Menu