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Shanghai race to be broadcast live

DTM exhibition race in Shanghai, China (July 17/18, 2004) ARD to broadcast DTM race in Shanghai live DTM fans will be able to follow the guest performance of the series in the Chinese metropolis live on televison. German broadcaster ARD ...

DTM exhibition race in Shanghai, China (July 17/18, 2004)
ARD to broadcast DTM race in Shanghai live

DTM fans will be able to follow the guest performance of the series in the Chinese metropolis live on televison. German broadcaster ARD will deliver live coverage of the race through the city streets from 0830 to 0955 CET on July 18 during its "Sportschau live" programme. Two racing heats of 30 minutes each will be staged with a half-hour break in between.

The two DTM races through the heart of the city with its 17 million inhabitants is the climax of the "Petronas Shanghai International Race Festival 2004". This exhibition race is not part of the championship.

Audi and Mercedes-Benz will be competing with a full line-up, while Opel is bringing four cars to Shanghai. That means that all the DTM stars will be joining the exotic trip to the booming Chinese city - including four-time DTM champion Bernd Schneider, former Formula 1 drivers Jean Alesi and Heinz-Harald Frentzen, as well as current championship leaders Mattias Ekström, Christijan Albers and Gary Paffett.

The 2.85 kilometre-long circuit in the Pudong district has been inspected and approved by motorsport's governing body FIA and comprises two 180-degree turns and six 90-degree turns. The course is in the shape of a Chinese character. Organisers are expecting 60,000 spectators, broadcaster CC TV (China Central TV) will cover the race live. A charity race, among other things, to which famous actors and singers from Taiwan, Hongkong and China have been invited, will be staged alongside the DTM.

Xue Peijian, deputy mayor of Shanghai: "We want to show the world by means of this important racing event how modern, open-minded and economically interesting Shanghai and China are. We also want to show how hospitable the people are. We also hope that we can make motorsports more popular in China through staging this DTM race in Shanghai."

Jin Guo Xiang, chairman of sports in Shanghai: "It is a great honour that the world's leading touring car series, the DTM, is staging a race here. It is the first time that Shanghai is hosting an international race. Circuits steeped in tradition like Monaco and Macao serve as our model. China will be the centre of attention for all motorsport fans worldwide. The DTM event is a milestone in making our city even more attractive."

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Series DTM
Drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Bernd Schneider , Christijan Albers , Mattias Ekström , Gary Paffett