Opel has outlined the basic details of its 2004 DTM campaign, when it plans to run up to seven new-look cars in the championship, possibly with a new-look line-up.

The GM-owned German brand will develop a new racecar based on the Vectra GTS five-door model, although the current Astra Coupe will continue to race in the series as well. The decision is based on the premise that the DTM will switch to four-door models in the near future, thereby ruling some of the current breed of coupes ineligible.

In terms of driving strength, the marque received a boost just last Thursday, when Peter Dumbreck shook hands on an extension to his contract - which will now run until the end of next year - with motorsport director Volker Strycek. Veteran Manuel Reuter's contract already runs through 2004.

After the successful driver evaluation process that brought Dumbreck, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Marcel Tiemann into the squad this year, Opel has confirmed that it will again test some fresh faces as it strives to enhance its driver line-up.

Meanwhile, following the Hockenheim race, the company has said that it will immediately begin its build-up to 2004 by testing new Dunlop control tyres at EuroSpeedway Lausitz, the scene of Dumbreck's season-best second place finish.



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