Alesi pushing for street race

Touring car ace Jean Alesi has put his full support behind a DTM street race in the historic city of Avignon in the south of France

Alesi pushing for street race

Alesi, who currently drives for Mercedes in the German touring car series, is set to meet city officials this week to discuss his proposal for the series to race on the streets of France. The St Benezet Bridge on the River Rhone is likely to be the backdrop of the proposed track.

"I will meet the Mayor of Avignon and will show him the route of the circuit and the costings," he told Autosport magazine. "The track would be like Norisring, with two hairpins and two chicanes, and we want to create a real festival atmosphere. I think it would be a fantastic event and the French public would be very receptive to it. I have received a good response from [series organiser] Hans Werner Aufrecht, so I'm hopeful."

Mercedes motorsport chief Nobert Haug has acknowledged that spectator attendance is crucial to the selection of venues for the DTM, and that poorly-attended rounds such as Adria and Estoril may be dropped.

"The races outside Germany are working well but we need to go where the spectators are."

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