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Oschersleben: Opel preview

DTM in the north: Opel well prepared for Oschersleben Action doesn't stop in the DTM. Only one week after the race in front of a new record crowd at the Nürburgring, where Swiss Opel works-driver, Marcel Fässler, only just missed out on a...

DTM in the north: Opel well prepared for Oschersleben

Action doesn't stop in the DTM. Only one week after the race in front of a new record crowd at the Nürburgring, where Swiss Opel works-driver, Marcel Fässler, only just missed out on a podium finish, it is on towards the region around Magdeburg.

From August 6 till 8, the Motopark Oschersleben will be hosting the seventh season round of Europe's leading touring car series. The Opel works-teams OPC Team Holzer (Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Manuel Reuter and Timo Scheider), OPC Team Phoenix (Laurent Aiello, Peter Dumbreck, Marcel Fässler) and the OPC Euroteam (Jeroen Bleekemolen) will be taking part.

The race at the compact circuit, halfway between Hanover and Berlin, marks the return of the DTM to Oschersleben after an absence of three years. The Motopark is familiar to many Opel-fans: the annual Opel club meeting in spring has become a tradition and is one of the world's biggest events of its kind. This year, 46,000 visitors and 16,500 cars, most of them lovingly prepared, came over the Easter weekend.

Opel motorsport director Volker Strycek also hopes for massive support of the Opel fan community: "We are looking forward to the race in Oschersleben. In the DTM, we have already won races there. At the Nürburgring, we were competitive throughout the weekend and just missed out on a podium finish. Our teams and drivers are highly motivated. I am certain that they will be able to challenge for the podium in Oschersleben as well, providing a great show for the fans."

Opel works-driver Marcel Fässler also has fond memories of the track in the Magdeburger Börde-region. "Both in Formula 3 and in the DTM, I have won races there. I am certain that the track suits our car. I hope that I finally have broken my duck after my best race of the season so far at the Nürburgring and that I will be among the front-runners in Oschersleben, too."

Manuel Reuter says: "My memory of Oschersleben is that of a wonderful era. When the DTM was revived in 2000, we scored our maiden victory with the Opel Astra V8 Coupé there at the car's second outing. At the time, I won both races."

Heinz-Harald Frentzen is also looking forward to the challenge: "I was there when the track was opened in 1997, something that doesn't happen often in the life of a racing driver. Still, I never actually raced there. As I am open for new things, I am looking forward to get to know yet another track that is new to me, after Adria, the Lausitzring, the Norisring and Shanghai."

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Series DTM
Drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Marcel Fassler , Peter Dumbreck , Manuel Reuter , Timo Scheider