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Zandvoort: Mercedes-Benz preview

Excitement and a Full House The ninth and penultimate round of the 2002 DTM at Zandvoort this weekend is the fourth and last race DTM outside Germany this year. After the exciting DTM premiere at the North Sea a year ago, all grandstand tickets...

Excitement and a Full House

The ninth and penultimate round of the 2002 DTM at Zandvoort this weekend is the fourth and last race DTM outside Germany this year. After the exciting DTM premiere at the North Sea a year ago, all grandstand tickets are already sold out; a total of 15,000 tickets has been sold in advance, more than last year. Tickets are available only for the sand dunes.

The track: The 4.3-kilometre Zandvoort circuit is located in the sand dunes and separated from the North Sea shore just by a street. When it's windy sand can make the surface slippery.

Review: Although Bernd Schneider (Mercedes-Benz CLK- DTM) had secured the 2001 DTM Championship title before he came to Zandvoort last year, the race attended by an enthusiastic crowd of 40,000 was one of the most exciting of last season. Uwe Alzen (Warsteiner AMG-Mercedes) reduced the gap behind leader Christian Abt (Abt-Audi TT) in the closing stages, attacked on the final lap and, after a door-to- door battle through the last four corners, won with a 0.3sec margin at the finish line.

Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes):

"The A1-Ring event was the most dramatic in DTM history, and we're all looking forward to the challenging Zandvoort circuit. Of course, the Mercedes-drivers will try to keep the championship open until the final race at Hockenheim."

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:

"We are all committed to fair play, and we won't push too hard at Zandvoort, too. However the fights in DTM are tough, but what we have seen in Austria was the limit and we shouldn't exceed it."

Statistics: Marcel Fässler's (Warsteiner AMG-Mercedes) victory at the A1-Ring three weeks ago was the fourth race win for Mercedes-Benz this year, after Jean Alesi (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes/Donington), Bernd Schneider (EuroSpeedway) and Uwe Alzen (Warsteiner AMG-Mercedes/Nürburgring). Laurent Aiello (Abt-AudiTT) won the other four races.

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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Laurent Aiello , Marcel Fassler , Bernd Schneider , Uwe Alzen , Norbert Haug , Christian Abt