DTC: Jason Watt: "Now I am going to race again!"

Finally, everything seems to be going the right way for Jason Watt. Wednesday's shake-down test of the gearshift in his specially-prepared Peugeot 306 GTI was very positive, so it now looks almost certain that the paralysed former Formula 3000...

Finally, everything seems to be going the right way for Jason Watt. Wednesday's shake-down test of the gearshift in his specially-prepared Peugeot 306 GTI was very positive, so it now looks almost certain that the paralysed former Formula 3000 star will be making his comeback to professional motor racing in the third round of the Danish Touringcar Challenge at the Jyllands-Ringen on Whit Monday, June 12th. "I have tested the car by driving it back and forth on a piece of tarmac, and the gear shift that Sahva Auto has made worked perfectly," a jubilant Jason Watt explains. "The new system worked without any problems during today's shake-down, and if it can also work properly on a race circuit without me being five seconds too slow and being a danger to my fellow racers, then I am going to race on Monday. I am positive, very much indeed, after having tried the system, and the gear shift just works perfectly. The system that Sahva Auto has developed did not exist beforehand, but nonetheless it work the very first time that I pushed the button!" The biggest problem for Jason Watt so far has been the slowing down from high speed. A rod connected to the steering wheel has made it possible for him to operate the brake, but as he also needs to steer and change down gear as well, it was actually a problem to handle all three things simultaneously with only one pair of hands. Thus Sahva Auto has spent the last couple of days to develop a pneumatical system that helps Jason with the down-shifts, so that he can concentrate on steering and braking. A shake-down test of the system had been scheduled for Thuesday, but electrical problems forced a postponement until today, when everything went according to plan. "Now I am going to race again, and off course I can drive the car safely around the Jyllands-Ring," Jason Watt states. Friday will see him getting his first laps on a closed circuit with the car, as Peugeot Sport Team supremo Jørgen Nielsen will use Thursday to fine tune the suspension and steering. "I am very much behind in comparision to my rivals, who have had three test days and done two rounds of the series, so I probably won't bring home a bottle of champagne this weekend," the newly-wed Dane says. As for the result of Monday's race he does not have a clue. "It is hard to say. Maybe we end up having some teething problems so that the race itself turns out to be some sort of learning experience. But I have not given any though to my position in the final result." No matter what the result will be, Jason Watt is still looking towards his comeback in the third round of the Danish Touringcar Challenge with joy. "It will definitively be good to get back again. I am almost as excited as when I drove my very first motor race, but this time I'm not so sure about the outcome. But I am excited," the Peugeot driver ends. Visit DTC on the internet: www.dtc.1st-motorsport.net

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