Lundgaard will drive Chevrolet
The former European Rally Champion team up with new DTC brand
For the second time in a week Chevrolet Motorsport Danmark has sent shock wave through Danish motor racing and the Danish Touringcar Championship in particular. First the news broke that Jesper Carlsen, Varde, could not find sufficient backing to enter the top class of motor racing, and on Friday afternoon the team could announce Henrik Lundgaard, Hedensted, as its new driver.
"When the team called me a week ago, I was working on other projects and alternatives to DTC, but the more with talked about it, the more interesting it turned out to be," Henrik Lundgaard tells.
"It is a team with a very high morale and a will to fight, and when you look back at what they (as Volvo Motorsport Danmark and Sport A Racing respectively, ed.) have achieved under the conditions they have been running under for the last two years, they have a done a good job. Now they will be getting a proper tool (the works car, ed.), and I am convinced that they will fight. It is a team with a high competition spirit, and such a team I would like to be part of."
But it is not only the whole set-up that Kent Bo Steffensen, Grindløse, have formed around Chevrolet Motorsport Danmark that have made Henrik Lundgaard to strike a deal. The international relations have also been vital.
"Chevrolet is very much involved in the project, and there is a huge backing from Ray Mallock, so the team has the elements needed. I do think the Chevrolet can win a race or two at the end of the season," Henrik Lundgaard says. He is looking forward to the challenge ahead.
"We have to build it up from the ground. We have some good basics, but we do also know that a WTCC car will not initially suit the Danish circuits, and the test work involved is something that I like."
In comparison to former teams like Den Blå Avis Fleggaard Racing and Toyota Castrol Racing Henrik Lundgaard will be having a different role at Chevrolet Motorsport Danmark. He will just have to concentrate on the job as driver.
"It is something that I have had an interest in doing for 2 or 3 years," he explains. "I know how much effort has to be put into it off circuit, and it cannot be avoided having a consequence in what is happening at the circuit. I will not be working the technical matters on a day to day basis, and that is very appealing. I have been having a hands-on approach on technical matters since 1988, so now was the time to think differently."
-credit: danish touringcar championship