DTM Premiere in the New Mercedes Arena The seventh round of the 2002 DTM at the NÃ¼rburgring this weekend is also the debut of the DTM touring cars on the re-designed circuit with the new Mercedes Arena. Six weeks after the first F1 race on the...
DTM Premiere in the New Mercedes Arena
The seventh round of the 2002 DTM at the Nürburgring this weekend is also the debut of the DTM touring cars on the re-designed circuit with the new Mercedes Arena. Six weeks after the first F1 race on the Grand Prix track, the DTM uses the Nürburgring's 3.616km short version.
The track: The new Mercedes Arena starts with the Castrol-S at the end of the start and finish line, a hairpin leading to a long and sweeping left-hander with varying radius followed by a right-hand corner leading to the old part of the track. The new section is located in front of the Mercedes grandstand which offers great view of the new corners and of the outbrake manoeuvres at the hairpin.
Preview: Like last year, when 70,000 spectators experienced an exciting DTM weekend, the Nürburgring event again promises to be another highlight of the season. One week before the race already more than 20,000 tickets have been sold.
Review: Three different drivers of three different manufacturers have achieved two victories each on the Nürburgring since the DTM came back in 2000. Bernd Schneider (Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM) and Manuel Reuter (Opel Astra V8 Coupi) shared the four race wins two years ago. Laurent Aiello (Abt-Audi TT) won both the 2001 events.
Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes):
"I'm looking forward to our first race on the re-designed track. The Mercedes Arena makes the Nürburgring even more attractive, for both the spectators and the drivers. I expect a lot of overtaking opportunities particularly when we enter the hairpin, and after my first win of the season three weeks ago, I'm confident that it will hopefully be me who passes the others."
Statistics: Bernd Schneider's victory at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz three weeks ago was his 35th DTM race win and the second for Mercedes-Benz this year, after Jean Alesi had won at Donington in May. In the six races so far, Bernd Schneider (EuroSpeedway) and Marcel Fässler (Donington) posted the fastest lap of the race. Mercedes-Benz drivers achieved seven out of 18 possible podium finishes and 15 out of the 36 possible points positions. Twice, Jean Alesi's pit crew made the fastest pit stop of all, posting the fastest pit stop of the season so far at the Sachsenring with 5.3secs.