DTC: 2003 schedule announced

2003 calender for Danish tin-tops is finalized Danish Touringcar Championship will be fought over nine rounds next year Today the 2003 calender for the Danish Touringcar Championship was revealed, and in comparison to previous years the number...

2003 calender for Danish tin-tops is finalized
Danish Touringcar Championship will be fought over nine rounds next year

Today the 2003 calender for the Danish Touringcar Championship was revealed, and in comparison to previous years the number of rounds in the popular series has been extended from eight to nine.

The nine rounds will take place in Denmark and in Sweden, where the two most western circuits in the neighbour country each will stage a round at the same weekend as races for the Swedish Touring Car Championship will be held. Even though the number of rounds will go up, the teams will face a less ardous time than in 2002, when only a fortnight separated some of the rounds. Now, a three week break between each round is now the rule rather than the exception.

New for 2003 will also be the DTC Revenge Challenge, which will take place one week after the final round of the Danish Touringcar Championship. This DTC Revenge Challenge is a one-off race, which will enable the teams to run new and different drivers with a view to race-test them before the 2004 season. The event will focus heavily on the show element of the sport, as a reverse grid is planned.

While the calender is now set in stone, there has been some shake-ups in the teams' line-ups recently, as two of the top drivers of the 2002 season have decided to quit their present teams.

The first driver to quit was Henrik Larsen, who walked out on the K-motorsport team which also fields a Honda Civic Type-R for Jacob Kristensen, the younger brother of four-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen. Larsen cited the team's failure to use his experience on setting up the Japanese car as the reason for his departure, though he has yet to announce for which DTC team he will be driving in 2003.

A driver who has announced his plans for 2003, however, is championship runner-up, Kurt Thiim, who has decided to quit Toyota Castrol Racing in favour of the re-surrected Renault Motorsport Danmark.

"It was a hard decision to make, as I have had 100 % support from Toyota during the year," Thiim explained. "But a combination of Toyota's personel policy, which I found extremely hard to accept, and the exciting challenge of the new Renault Megane have made me take this step."

Toyota Castrol Racing have confirmed that they will field two Corolla T-Sports in next year's Danish Touringcar Championship, but they have yet revealed who will partner Henrik Lundgaard.

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Drivers Henrik Lundgaard , Kurt Thiim