He was an evergreen - and a star in the DTM: the Opel Astra, which in its racing version V8 coupé caused a stir ever since the revamping of the series in 2000, is entering well-deserved retirement. The everlasting young coupe celebrated its swansong in Oschersleben after competing in 46 race events in the DTM, staged between May 2000 and August 2004. Jeroen Bleekemolen (OPC Euroteam) will be driving its successor, the Vectra GTS V8, in the eighth race of the season in Zandvoort.
“The Astra V8 coupé represents an entire racing sport epoch at Opel,” said Opel motorsport director Volker Strycek. “Opel, as one of the initiators of the new DTM, wrote motorsport history with this model and proved the versatility of the car through victories in both sprint and long-distance races.”
The Astra V8 coupé and its 24 specimens notched up seven pole positions, eight race triumphs and 10 pace-setting laps in the DTM. A total of 16 drivers have competed for Opel since 2000. The drivers have amassed an aggregate 737 points in the Astra V8 coupé. In addition, Opel celebrated two wins in long-distance racing last year with a modified version of the V8 coupé – most notably the phenomenal overall win in the 24-hour race on the Nuerburgring.