Opel Astra V8 Coupé on show at Goodwood
The Opel Astra V-8 Coupé on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, June 25-27, marks an important milestone for Opel: it was the vehicle that, for the first time ever, won for Opel the international ADAC (German Automobile Club) 24-hour race at the Nurburgring in June 2003.
In front of a record 194,000 spectators, Manuel Reuter (Austria), Timo Scheider (Germany), Marcel Tiemann (Monaco) and Volker Strycek (Germany) covered 143 laps (3,710 km) in the car, a 500 hp endurance version of the Astra V-8 Coupé campaigned in the Deutsche Touring Masters (DTM) championship. After a breathtaking battle, they were five laps ahead of the Audi driven by Karl Wendlinger, Kris Nissen and Marco Werner, and six ahead of the Porsche driven by Lucas Luhr, Emannuel Collard and Patrick Bernhardt.
“This was an outstanding triumph for Opel,” said Opel Racing Manager Volker Strycek. “We worked very hard for this, and the team did an excellent job on the development and preparation of the car. It ran perfectly from the first to the last second. This is a day Opel can be very proud of.”
“I value this victory more than my two wins at Le Mans,” added Opel driver Manuel Reuter. “It was a really hard race over a long distance, with an unbelievable atmosphere and countless Opel fans cheering us on.”