With three Astra V8 CoupÃ©s and five drivers, Opel continued its test programme for the DTM 2003 in Vallelunga, Italy. As usual, Alain Menu drove the V8 CoupÃ© with the chassis number RCO 031 and concentrated on suspension and aerodynamics, while...
With three Astra V8 Coupés and five drivers, Opel continued its test programme for the DTM 2003 in Vallelunga, Italy. As usual, Alain Menu drove the V8 Coupé with the chassis number RCO 031 and concentrated on suspension and aerodynamics, while Manuel Reuter (RCO 024) was involved in sorting out various shock absorber configurations.
Driving duties in the third Astra (RCO 021) were shared between Peter Dumbreck, Timo Scheider and Joachim Winkelhock, with the focus on tests of the drivetrain. Alain Menu: "Technical director Wiet Huidekoper had prepared an extensive programme that we worked through in a concentrated way, gaining valuable experience. The direction is right, but we still have a huge amount of work ahead of us."
Separated from the DTM-project, Opel also continued its endurance programme in Vallelunga. As a result of the earlier 40-hour test, individual components have been further developed. For the first time, Marcel Tiemann got behind the wheel of the Astra V8 Coupé (RCO 023). The 29-year old was added to the driver line-up with Alain Menu and Manuel Reuter at the OPC Team Holzer, Peter Dumbreck and Timo Scheider at the OPC Team Phoenix and Jeroen Bleekemolen and Joachim Winkelhock at the OPC Euroteam.
Marcel Tiemann is due to drive during the planned participation at the Nürburgring 24 hour race and will also be available as a replacement driver for the DTM, as a driver for the Opel DTM race-taxis and for PR-duties. The Hamburg-born driver, who won the Formula 3 Grand Prix in Monaco driving an Opel-Dallara in 1996 and raced for Mercedes in the DTM in previous years, is the third driver after Dumbreck and Bleekemolen who was signed following Opel's driver assessment.