Ten for five: C-Class with ballast weight
The five 2005 spec AMG-Mercedes C-Classes on the DTM grid will contest the season’s second round, taking place at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz, this weekend, with ten kilos ballast weight aboard. Following Jean Alesi’s win in the season opener, held ten days ago at the Hockenheimring, the 2005 spec cars of Mercedes-Benz will have to take aboard ten kilos of ballast weight, according to the new regulations. This means that they will have to contest round two with an overall weight of 1,060 kilos. Audi, the second placed make at Hockenheim, will continue with the basis weight of 1,050 kilos, while Opel, third in the season opener, may reduce the weight of its cars by 10 kilos.
“Due to the new C-Class carrying ten kilos ballast weight, it will be close to impossible to secure a result as good as the one we clinched in the season kick-off, at Hockenheim,”, admitted Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Director Norbert Haug. “But: Our entire squad will fight and, furthermore, the drivers of the 2004 spec C-Classes are particularly keen on using their chance.”
The weight increase/reduction of maximum 20 kilos will once again increase DTM’s attractiveness. The 2004 spec AMG-Mercedes C-Classes are raced by Bruno Spengler (Junge Gebrauchte von Mercedes) as well as Stefan Mücke and Alexandros Margaritis (Mücke Motorsport).
In spite of being hampered by ten kilos ballast weight, Jean Alesi is determined to also deliver in style at the EuroSpeedway after having won the season opener. “Having finished eighth, fifth and sixth at the EuroSpeedway so far, I have to admit that my record at this circuit needs some improvement,” admitted the popular Frenchman. “Following my win at the Hockenheimring, I hope that the ballast weight won’t prevent me from adding a lot of points to my tally, at the EuroSpeedway.”