First contact: Drivers thrilled by Istanbul Speed Park
On Monday, a press conference was held to present DTM to the Turkish media. During the event held at the ‚Istanbul Speed Park’ – that was covered live by the Turkish TV – Frank Stippler (Audi), Jean Alesi (Mercedes-Benz) und Manuel Reuter (Opel) answered the questions of the attendant journalists. The all new circuit that was designed by the Aachen, Germany based architect Hermann Tilke, was officially opened just some weeks ago, on 21st August with the maiden Turkish Formula One Grand Prix. Following the press conference, the media representatives had the chance of taking a passenger-seat ride around the 5.388-kilometre track, thus learning more about what the DTM drivers will have to cope with, this weekend, in the tenth round of the 2005 DTM season.
“I’m delighted to be here in Istanbul,” said Mercedes-Benz works driver Jean Alesi before he started to express his admiration for the state-of-the-art motor racing facility. “I’m truly impressed by the circuit. The track profile with its uphill and downhill sections reminds me of Spa-Francorchamps and will represent a real challenge for the DTM field.” Manuel Reuter was of the same opinion. “Turn eight in particular demands for a lot of courage. I am convinced that DTM is going to deliver an interesting and thrilling race,” he said, and Frank Stippler concluded: “The Istanbul Speed Park is a truly promising circuit, representing a great experience for any racing driver.”
The race at Istanbul will be covered live by the German TV station ARD on Sunday, 2nd October, from 13:45hrs, while the qualifying and Super Pole coverage begins on Saturday at 14:03hrs.