Manuel Reuter competing in 200th DTM-race
The eighth season round of the 2005 DTM at the circuit of Zandvoort in the Netherlands marks the 200th DTM-start for Opel works-driver Manuel Reuter. To celebrate this occasion, the blue Opel Vectra GTS V8 with starting number 12 will feature a special commemorative design during the Zandvoort race. Moreover, Opel has invited former and current colleagues and friends of Reuter to an informal get-together in its team hospitality unit on Friday evening.
LReuter, born in the German city of Mainz, has been involved with Opel since 1991. “Manuel has made a significant contribution to the long motor sport history of our company”, says Opel’s motor sport director Volker Strycek. “With his huge experience and his loyalty, he is a strong pillar under our motor sport involvement. In the past, I have raced against him myself and I got to know him as a fair competitor. Nowadays, I admire his enormous effort and commitment for our team.”
Reuter started his DTM-career already in 1985. He drove four races with a Ford Sierra, entered by the Ringshausen-team. Fittingly, he made his debut at the airfield circuit of Mainz-Finthen, his home circuit. In his maiden season, Reuter already scored one podium finish by coming home third in the season final at the Nürburgring. In 1986, he scored his first victory in the DTM, again in the final race of the season in the Eifel. In 1987, he became runner-up in the DTM championship standings. Another season with Ford was followed by the switch to Mercedes-Benz for 1989, in which year he drove for the Mass-Schons-team. In 1991, Opel initially signed Reuter as a test driver and let him compete in the Nürburgring DTM-round with an Opel Omega, entered by the Schübel-team. At the 1993 season final, Reuter drove the Opel Calibra of the Team Joest for the first time, together with the 1982 Formula 1 World Champion Keke Rosberg. In the following year, he scored the maiden DTM-win with the Calibra in the DTM-guest race at the circuit of Donington in the British Midlands. In 1996, Reuter had his most successful season. With the Cliff-Calibra, he claimed three race wins and a total of nine podium finishes on his way to the championship title in the ITC (International Touring Car Championship).
RWhen the DTM was revived in 2000, Manuel Reuter was back with Opel. In the inaugural season of the “new” DTM, he drove one of the OPC Team Phoenix’s Opel Astra V8 Coupés and already scored the first two wins of the Opel Astra in the second season round at the Motopark Oschersleben, one day after claiming the car’s maiden pole-position. With another two wins at the Nürburgring to his tally, Reuter finished the season as runner-up in the championship standings. In 2001 and 2002, Reuter again competed with the OPC Team Phoenix before switching to the OPC Team Holzer for 2003. In that year, Reuter achieved another major success: with the Opel Astra V8 Coupé, he won the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, together with team-mates Timo Scheider, Volker Strycek and Marcel Tiemann. Thus, the hobby-triathlete once more showed his endurance capacities. In 1989 and 1996, Reuter had already won the Le Mans 24 Hours. Since 2004, the Austrian-based driver is racing an Opel Vectra GTS V8 in the DTM. In the debut season of the car, Reuter finished third at Oschersleben.