Cecotto joins Opel for DTM return

Tin-top veteran Johnny Cecotto will return to the DTM for the first time in 10 years this weekend, driving an Opel Astra at the Hockenheim season finale

Cecotto joins Opel for DTM return

The Venezuelan will take over the Euroteam car driven by Eric Helary at Zandvoort last weekend. Helary, whose Dutch appearance marked his first DTM start for two years, has a clashing French Super Tourisme race this weekend.

"Of course, I've been watching the new DTM," said Cecotto, who is a double champion in the rival V8Star series in Germany. "This is a high-calibre championship and I'm delighted to be able to participate in the final race."

The 46-year-old got a taste of the Astra in a test at the Nurburbring earlier this week. "What struck me in particular were the carbon brakes, the deceleration is simply gigantic," he said. "It's not easy to adjust to the special charcteristics of a DTM touring car and the standard tyres used in the series."

Cecotto raced in the DTM for Mercedes in 1988, then switched to BMW for '89, racing in the series for three seasons. He went on to win the German Super Touring championship with BMW in '94 and '98.

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