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Zandvoort: Opel preview

Zandvoort: Demanding circuit inspires Opel drivers Looking forward to the sand-dune track at Zandvoort on the outskirts of Amsterdam, Opel's DTM drivers do not hold back their absolute enthusiasm for this circuit. "This is an incredibly super...

Zandvoort: Demanding circuit inspires Opel drivers

Looking forward to the sand-dune track at Zandvoort on the outskirts of Amsterdam, Opel's DTM drivers do not hold back their absolute enthusiasm for this circuit.

"This is an incredibly super race track that is very demanding and requires quite a bit of courage," says Manuel Reuter (Opel Team Phoenix).

Or Alain Menu (Opel Euroteam): "When I drove at Zandvoort for the first time last year, it was, if you want, love at first sight. It's a driver's track which I'm very fond of."

The 4.3-kilometre circuit along the North Sea also finds favour with Timo Scheider (Opel Team Holzer): "It's like 'driving along the beach' -- there's always a breeze blowing a lot of sand from the dunes on the track, which means constantly changing conditions."

His teammate Michael Bartels sums it all up: "In terms of how the circuit is routed, it's one of the most beautiful tracks on the DTM calendar. There are some spectacular points that are thrilling to both the drivers and the spectators."

Joachim Winkelhock, as well, considers Zandvoort to be one of the most difficult race tracks in the DTM series. For the Phoenix driver, though, Zandvoort is tied to yet another aspect: "1981 was the year in which I first drove at Zandvoort, in the Renault 5 Turbo European Cup. One of my toughest rivals at the time was Volker Strycek...."

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Series DTM
Drivers Joachim Winkelhock , Manuel Reuter , Timo Scheider , Michael Bartels , Volker Strycek , Alain Menu