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Preview 3rd round Norisring, July 7-9

Highlight Norisring: DTM-stars Reuter and Schneider start with equal points in Nuremberg Cheering crowds at the concrete stands, outbraking monoeuvres at the Grundig hairpin, relaxing at Dutzendteich-lake: a lot of attractions are expected both...

Highlight Norisring:
DTM-stars Reuter and Schneider start with equal points in Nuremberg

Cheering crowds at the concrete stands, outbraking monoeuvres at the Grundig hairpin, relaxing at Dutzendteich-lake: a lot of attractions are expected both on and off the track when the DTM hits the Norisring in Nuremberg this weekend. The street course, only 2.3 km long, often discribed as the German Monaco, hosts the third round of the DTM. 56,000 tickets have been sold in advance.

It is 2:2 in the fight between Opel and Mercedes Benz. The 1995 DTM- champion, Bernd Schneider, scored two victories for Mercedes Benz in the season opener at Hockenheim, whereas the 1996 ITC-champion, Manuel Reuter, struck back for Opel at Oschersleben. Coming to Nuremberg, both drivers have 52 points in the championship. Opel sport boss Volker Strycek says: "The championship is so competetive, that you can't sit back and relax." Bernd Schneider: "At the Norisring, I expect more than twelve drivers to be within five or six tenths of a second in qualifying. That means that the slightest problem can set you back a couple of places."

Race track around the concrete stand: a challenge for everyone involved

At first sight, the track lay-out with the two straights, the two hairpins and one S may be looking rather easy - but that's only from the outside. "With a race distance of two times 44 laps, the Norisring expects full commitment of both the drivers and the cars", triathlete Manuel Reuter explains. Mercedes youngster Marc Faessler, third in the championship and only eight points behind: "The bumps make the car very nervous, both under braking and while accelerating. Braking from topspeed to about 40 kph is quite special, too." Schneider adds: "Keeping your braking points requires a high level of concentracion, all in all, the Norisring is very demanding for the drivers." Cornering specialist Joachim Winkelhock, a winner at the Norisring with a BMW M3 1992 and runner-up for Opel last time out in both races at Oschersleben, is looking forward: "Accelerating out of the Dutzendteich hairpin requires the utmost precision along the wall."

Finding the right setup and more grip for the three Abt-Audi TT-R is the main goal for Abt Sportsline at the Norisring. "In the first two rounds, we acquired a lot of data, and we know exactly what we have to do", says team director Hans-Jurgen Abt.

www.dtm.de: inside view of the cockpit, live timing, chat with Abt and Reuter

The TOMORROW Internet AG presents a new and innovative feature on the DTM's official website www.dtm.de : thanks to a 360-degree-camera, the cockpits of the DTM cars can be explored. A zoom-function allows a closer look at every single detail in the interior. As a part of the up-to-date and comprehensive Norisring-coverage, there is live-timing, providing real-time data for all practice sessions and races. Lap-times, time differences and speeds of the drivers are being updated with a fixed time -interval of about 20 seconds. Three webcams in the pitlane area make for a race atmosphere on the screen. The chatroom will be much-frequented when Christian Abt and Manuel Reuter are answering questions posted by fans on Saturday from 18:00h. On Monday after the race, the Norisring highlights can be seen as Real Video.

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Series DTM
Drivers Bernd Schneider , Joachim Winkelhock , Manuel Reuter , Christian Abt , Volker Strycek , Hans-Jurgen Abt