Setting for a beginning.
The Champs-Elysées in Paris has already witnessed many sporting highlights. It is one of the world’s grandest boulevards and normally marks the finish of the Tour de France. For a change, though, ‘Les Champs’ was the setting for a beginning and not an end on Wednesday, April 8th, as French racing team ART Grand Prix prepared to take a new direction with their first season in DTM. The new Mercedes-Benz team led by Fréderic Vasseur was launched at the Mercedes-Benz Gallery on the Champs-Elysées in the run-up to the start of the season on May 3rd in Hockenheim. The two drivers Lucas Auer and Gary Paffett were also present. This year marks the first season in DTM for both Austrian Auer and for ART Grand Prix, while 2005 DTM champion Paffett will be acting as team leader for the French outfit and starting his twelfth season in DTM.