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Ingolstadt - February 28, 2006

Frentzen aims for maiden DTM win in Audi A4 DTM
After a lengthy contract negotitions, Frentzen had to accept a pay cut toto secure one of the best cockpits in the the most popular and leading international touring car race series.

"We are convinced of his driving skills. He showed what he was capable of in Formula 1. In our opinion, Heinz-Harald hasnít previously been able to show his true potential in the DTM,Ē says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich. "We know that Heinz-Harald is very popular with both the fans and media. Itís a reflection of his personality.Ē

The Monaco domiciled German, who was born on 18 May 1967 in Mönchengladbach, swapped from Formula 1 to the ultimate touring car series in the 2004 season. He started from the front row twice in 2005, and finished on the winnersí podium in third position at Brno and Zandvoort. "Itís now time for me to win some DTM races and also fight for championship honours,Ē says Frentzen. "Iím delighted that Audi is giving me the chance to show the DTM fans exactly what I can do in a touring car. Iíve always been a fan of the Audi brand with their modern design and their technical expertise. Audi has been one of the most successful manufacturers for years in motorsport. And alongside Formula 1, DTM is quite simply one of the best racing series in the world.Ē

Heinz-Harald Frentzen is regarded as an extremely gifted technical driver and brings all the experience gained from a decade of Formula 1 to Audi. He was 1997 World Championship runner-up and third overall in 1999. He won three Grands Prix during his Formula 1 career.

Frentzen lives with his wife Tanja and their two daughters in Monte Carlo. He will line up in the DTM with an evolution of the A4 DTM, which has been developed over the winter by Audi Sport and which will be run by Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline.

Following a seat fitting in the Audi A4 DTM last week and a brief visit at the Audi fitness camp, he will be testing the Audi A4 DTM for the first time at the official DTM tests at Vallelunga (Italy) from Wednesday onwards.

The DTM season starts at April 9th at Hockenheim. 4 of the 10 races will take place in other European countries. After Opels descent, only Mercedes and Audi are the only engaged manufacturers. Last years champion Gary Paffett was promoted to a Formula 1 test driver  ... for sure 2006 will see a new champion  .. the games may begin.

21.09.2012, 07:34:07 cet
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Heinz-Harald Frentzen during the seat fitting in the Audi A4 DTM
Heinz-Harald Frentzen