DTM Zandvoort – Interesting to know that…
…Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Mika Häkkinen and Allan McNish battled it out with each other at Zandvoort, already 17 years ago. On the way to winning the championship, Mika Häkkinen also won this Opel Lotus Euroseries round. Allan McNish, Mika Häkkinen’s Dragon Motorsport team-mate at that time, finished third while Heinz-Harald Frentzen came sixth at Zandvoort to finish fourth in the championship. Yet, it has to be admitted that Frentzen contested only four out of the ten Euroseries rounds. He won two of the races and secured one runner-up finish.
…the Zandvoort wins are swapped between Mercedes-Benz and Audi, since 2001. In 2001, Uwe Alzen won for Mercedes, in 2002, Mattias Ekström secured the win for Abt-Audi, in 2003 it was the turn of Mercedes-Benz driver Christijan Albers and in 2004, Mattias Ekström won another time for Audi.
…that the latest two DTM rounds at the Netherland’s dune circuit ended with one-twos. In 2003, Christijan Albers won ahead of Bernd Schneider (both Mercedes-Benz), and in 2004, Audi’s Mattias Ekstöm clinched the victory with his team-mate, Martin Tomczyk, coming second.
…the first DTM round at Zandvoort was the most successful one for Mercedes-Benz, as seven of the nine Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM on the grid made it to the top ten.
…Uwe Alzen (Mercedes-Benz) succeeded in winning the closest DTM race held at the ‘Circuit Park’ Uwe Alzen. When Alzen took the chequered flag, his lead over the second placed driver added up to just 0.322 seconds.
…Mattias Ekström crossed the line with a 5.545 second lead over the second placed driver, representing the biggest lead of a Zandvoort DTM round winner.
…the only home win so far at the ‘Circuit Park Zandvoort’ was celebrated in 2003, when Christijan Albers won his fifth DTM race in his AMG Mercedes CLK and in front of 62,000 enthusiastic spectators.
…Mattias Ekström was the first Zandvoort pole-sitter to also win the race, in 2004.
…Mercedes-Benz driver Bernd Schneider has turned out to bet he most consistent DTM ace, at Zandvoort. From 2001 to 2003, he always made it to the podium (one third place, two runner-up finishes) and last year, he came fifth.
…the dune circuit is the only abroad race that has been a regular part of the DTM calendar, since 2001.
…the Zandvoort attendance figures increased year by year. DTM’s first appearance at the ‘Circuit Park Zandvoort’ attracted 40,000 spectators, while last year’s DTM weekend was witnessed by a 73,000 crowd, representing a 40.2 percent increase.
…that the DTM lap times at the dune circuit have been improved year by year, since 2001. In 2001, Christian Abt’s (Abt-Audi) fastest lap time added up to 1:38.820 minutes, in 2002, Mattias Ekström (Abt-Audi) improved the DTM lap record to 1:37.620 minutes. One year later, ‘The Flying Dutchman’, Christijan Albers (Mercedes-Benz) set a 1:36.494-minute lap and improved this time to 1:36.441 minutes, in 2004.