Opel driver Manuel Reuter will celebrate his 200th DTM start when the series takes to the Zandvoort circuit for the eighth round of the year this weekend.

To celebrate the occasion, Reuters blue Opel Vectra GTS V8 will feature a special commemorative design during the Zandvoort race, Opel has invited former and current colleagues and friends of Reuter to an informal get-together in its team hospitality unit on Friday evening.

"Manuel has made a significant contribution to the long motor sport history of our company," Opel's motor sport director Volker Strycek said. "With his huge experience and his loyalty, he is a strong pillar under our motor sport involvement. In the past, I have raced against him myself and I got to know him as a fair competitor. Nowadays, I admire his enormous effort and commitment for our team."

Reuter started his DTM-career already in 1985, driving four races with a Ford Sierra, entered by the Ringshausen-team - scoring a podium finish in the final round of the year at the Nurburgring.

In 1986, he scored his first victory in the DTM in the final race of the season in the Eifel and in 1987, he finished runner-up in the DTM championship standings.
Another season with Ford was followed by the switch to Mercedes-Benz for 1989, in which year he drove for the Mass-Schons-team. In 1991, Opel initially signed Reuter as a test driver and let him compete in the N?rburgring DTM-round with an Opel Omega, entered by the Sch?bel-team. At the 1993 season final, Reuter drove the Opel Calibra of the Team Joest for the first time, together with the 1982 Formula 1 World Champion Keke Rosberg and scored the maiden DTM-win with the Calibra the following season at Donington Park.

In 1996, Reuter had his most successful season with the Cliff-Calibra, as he claimed three race wins and a total of nine podium finishes on his way to the championship title in the International Touring Car Championship.

When the DTM was revived in 2000, Reuter was back with Opel, driving one of the OPC Team Phoenix's Opel Astra V8 Coup?s and scoring the first two wins for the car in the second season round at the Motopark Oschersleben, one day after claiming the car's maiden pole-position. With another two wins at the N?rburgring to his tally, Reuter finished the season as runner-up in the championship standings. In 2001 and 2002, Reuter again competed with the OPC Team Phoenix before switching to the OPC Team Holzer for 2003.

Reuter achieved another major success during the season in the Opel Astra V8 Coup?, as he won the 24-hour race at the N?rburgring, together with team-mates Timo Scheider, Volker Strycek and Marcel Tiemann

Since 2004, the Austrian-based driver has raced an Opel Vectra GTS V8 in the DTM. In the debut season of the car, Reuter finished third at Oschersleben.



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