Jacob Kristensen: "This is a small victory for me" For the first time ever Tom Kristensen's younger brother is in the Super Pole. It might be that ALMS regular Jan Magnussen once again recorded the fastest time during Saturday's qualification...
Jacob Kristensen: "This is a small victory for me"
For the first time ever Tom Kristensen's younger brother is in the Super Pole.
It might be that ALMS regular Jan Magnussen once again recorded the fastest time during Saturday's qualification for round five of the Danish Touringcar Championship, but the driver really making the headline was Jacob Kristensen. The younger brother of four time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen got sixth best time in the session at Ring Djursland, and thus the Honda Civic driver will be taking part in tomorrow's Super Pole for the first time in his DTC career.
"This is a small victory for me," a jubilant Jacob Kristensen said, when the 20 minute session finally was over.
"My Honda is quite perfect, but I'm also getting to know the car more and more. Every time I'm in the car it's going faster, and I'm feeling more and more comfortable in it. I know that you really shouldn't have a single circuit as your favourite, as a racing driver shall be able to go fast on all kind of circuits. But Ring Djursland is the circuit I like the most and also the one, on which I'm getting my best results."
As the season has progressed, Jacob Kristensen has become more and more competitive. Apart from qualifying for Sunday's Super Pole, which will decide the top eight grid positions, the Honda driver was a mere 0.4 second slower than team mate Henrik Larsen, who posted third best time. But the big question will be, whether Jacob Kristensen can repeat his performance on a single lap.
"Right now I just want to feel happy about this result, but within an hour or so I will have to look ahead to tomorrow's session," he confessed.
Heading the time sheet was once again Jan Magnussen. Abroad his Peugeot 307 GTI the Panoz regular needed only four laps to set a lap time that was 0.3 second better than what his competitors could come up with, while it was more than half a second inside the lap record.
"The car is performing well, but so it has been doing on previous occasions, when the qualification has run well, only for me to run into troubles later on," Magnussen said, giving a clear hint to his previous participation at Ring Djursland. On that occasion he was also fastest in qualifying, but then was a non-starter due to a damaged gearbox.
"But it is really important to be at the head of the field," the Peugeot driver continued, also confessing that his recent success in the American Le Mans Series has been important for him.
"It gives me a mental surplus and I don't feel that I'm neglecting things in the States, when I go back to Denmark to race in the DTC. Of course if I was in trouble in the ALMS, then it wouldn't be so much fun having to race her. But as things are going right now, where I'm coming home to a good team and a fast car, I can only feel happy."