James Thompson claimed new win for Hartmann Honda Racing at Padborg Park For the third weekend in a row Hartmann Honda Racing triumphed in the Danish Touringcar Championship, when James Thompson through the whole weekend at Padborg Park was...
James Thompson claimed new win for Hartmann Honda Racing at Padborg Park
For the third weekend in a row Hartmann Honda Racing triumphed in the Danish Touringcar Championship, when James Thompson through the whole weekend at Padborg Park was the fastest man in the field and claimed two wins. One in the preliminary heats and one in the final, which led to a further extension of the Brit's championship lead.
"In James's case it was a full house, but we also have to admit that James was lucky," team owner Hans Hartmann says. "When he returned to the pit lane after the finale, we could see that a part of the rim was missing from one of the wheels after he and Henrik Lundgaard had had a minor collision. There was only a few millimetres of the rubber, which was still in contact with the rim, so it could have gone wrong."
While James Thompson triumphed at Padborg Park, Per Poulsen was the unlucky guy, as he had to retire from two of Sunday's three races, which meant that he lost the lead in the privateer series.
"It was just a weekend that went uphill," Per Poulsen said afterwards. "Qualifying was far from perfect, but my weekend was completely ruined by the first heat, where I had to retire due to a leaking radiator due to the collisions that happened at the start."
"The second heat was okay, as we were positioned in a sensible place, until I run into troubles. I think that I must have been following Nykjær to closely, so I don't get any proper cooling for my brakes, and the car is simply hampered by that. Whether it is stupid or not, I don't know, but my speed onto the straight is far higher than Nykjær, so I tried to break past him on the outside at the end of the straight. Sadly it means that I get the outside line, and then the train comes rolling past me, which cost me several positions. At the end of the race it was just a question of not loosing more places, as there were no brakes."
The final also resulted in damaged to Per Poulsen, who once again had to post a score of zero.
"In the final I was showed off onto the grass and that was the end of it," he says. "The mechanics tried to see if they could fix it, so we could do sufficient laps to score, but that was not possible."
"I think it is a pity for Per, as he had shoved good promises all weekend," Hans Hartmann claims. "To only be fifth fastest in qualifying is nothing, but the racing was tough in the first corner. That is very dangerous and also expensive, and that is a pity. The weekend is then ruined for some of drivers, and not for others, so it is a pity."
The next time Hartmann Honda Racing will be in action is in less than two week's time, when the traditional Grand Prix is held at FDM Jyllandsringen.