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Reuter reunited with old friends

Opel Team Phoenix driver Manuel Reuter was reunited with two old friends at Hockenheim: his lucky number seven and the car which carried that number to the 1996 ITC (International Touring Car Championship) title, his famous black Cliff Opel...

Opel Team Phoenix driver Manuel Reuter was reunited with two old friends at Hockenheim: his lucky number seven and the car which carried that number to the 1996 ITC (International Touring Car Championship) title, his famous black Cliff Opel Calibra V6. The hi-tech machine had been a popular display car since winning the championship, but a winter of work by Opel Team Phoenix mechanic Martin Rose has restored the awesome 550bhp, four-wheel drive Calibra to race-ready condition.

To rebuild the car's complex hydraulic system, Rose went to one of Opel's technical partners on the Calibra V6 project for assistance, the Williams Formula 1 team: "I went straight to the team's technical director Patrick Head, and he was incredibly helpful in supplying software and other equipment we needed to make it happen," he said.

The newly-restored Calibra was shaken down by Reuter in front of 30,000 spectators at Opel's Russelsheim HQ a week ago, before making an emotional return to the race track in front of more than 50,000 cheering fans at Hockenheim's DTM season-opener. "It's a fantastic feeling to be driving it again - and great fun too," said Reuter. "The fans can really enthuse about this car all over again now."

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Series DTM
Drivers Manuel Reuter
Teams Williams