James Thompson races for Hartmann Honda Racing at Ring Djursland this weekend When Hartmann Honda Racing takes part in this weekend's round of the Danish Touringcar Championship, a circuit newcomer will be its trump card. James Thompson will...
James Thompson races for Hartmann Honda Racing at Ring Djursland this weekend
When Hartmann Honda Racing takes part in this weekend's round of the Danish Touringcar Championship, a circuit newcomer will be its trump card. James Thompson will be starting for the team at Ring Djursland -- a circuit, where he has never driven during his two previous seasons with Hartmann Honda Racing due to clashing international commitments.
"After we renewed our collaboration we have been discussing which races we should take part in, and I would very much like to enter James at Ring Djursland, as I feel convinced that a driver of his caliber will be outstanding at the circuit," team owner Hans Hartmann says.
"Unfortunately James had a trip to the United States, where the return flight was a bit too close to the Ring Djursland and could result in jetlag. But when I told him that I would drive the chassis that he has been racing in this year's two European Touring Car Cup events, he felt that it was better if he made a try. So now he will be starting."
Ring Djursland is in many ways a special racing circuit. Among drivers it is regarded as Denmark's most difficult due to its blind corners and elevations, but it is also a circuit where it is almost impossible to practice or test.
"Of course it is negative that James cannot try out the circuit before we start racing there, but I believe that he will cope," Hans Hartmann says. "None of our rivals have been to test at the circuit, and then we are in the special situation, where we are facing the first race meeting at the circuit on Yokohama tires. And James does actually have several years of experience with those tires from the WTCC circuits."
Hartmann Honda Racing will be fielding two cars for this weekend's round of the Danish Touringcar Championship at Ring Djursland, but the person in the second car has yet to be finalized.
"I am in a dialogue with Wolfgang Treml, who drove for us at the ETCC races at Salzburgring in Austria last month, and I hope that I will be able to make a deal with him," Hans Hartmann says. "If the deal does not materialize, I will jump into the car myself."