DTM drivers thrilled with exhibition race in China
The DTM is debuting in China on the „Shanghai Pudong Circuit China” from June 17-18. The exhibition race through the heart of the Chinese city with its millions of inhabitants will not count towards the championship. „China is an important market“, said the motorsport directors of Audi, Mercedes Benz and Opel unanimously. The participating racers are also already thrilled by the prospect of racing in Shanghai.
China is not new territory for Audi driver Emanuele Pirro. Last year, the Italian completed a few laps around the „Forbidden City“ in Beijing in an Audi R8. The winning car from the 24-hour Le Mans race also caused a stir in Shanghai. Pirro said in reference to the country and its people: „China is full of contrasts: on the one hand it’s a very modern and open-minded country. On the other hand the Chinese look back upon long traditions and an even longer history, and they like to foster these. The people there are very friendly and above all enthusiastic – it’s going to be a great show.“
„I’m sure that we will deliver good sports in China“, said Bernd Schneider. „The DTM is extremely exciting this year and offers good motorsports – in my opinion as a sportsman that’s the most important thing. On top of that, the Chinese will also have fun with the whole show around the DTM.“ The quadruple DTM champion is looking forward to his appearance in Shanghai and added with a wink: „17 million people live there. The city has more millionaires than in the whole of Europe – and I’d like to get to know a few of them.“
„I’ve heard a lot about Shanghai and am already looking very much forward to traveling there“, said Opel driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen, for whom Asia is no longer unknown territory following stints in the Japanese Formula-3000 championship and in the Japanese sport prototype championship in 1992 and 1993. The racer from Mönchengladbach summed up the subject of Shanghai in his own inimitable way. „The Chinese should just take a look at the DTM. I think they’ll be impressed.“