DTC: Jason Watt satisfied after high speed test

Following Friday's test in which Jason Watt for the first time tried his specially-built Peugeot 306 GTI at a racing circuit, the face of the popular Danish racing driver is all smiles, and he will now be making his comeback to professional motor...

Following Friday's test in which Jason Watt for the first time tried his specially-built Peugeot 306 GTI at a racing circuit, the face of the popular Danish racing driver is all smiles, and he will now be making his comeback to professional motor racing in Whit Monday's round of the Danish Touringcar Challenge at the Jyllands-Ring. "The test just went well, and I am really looking forward to this weekend's race, as the car is absolutely perfect," Jason Watt explains. Friday's test was the first that the former Formula 3000 driver had of his Peugeot 306 GTI at high speed at the Jyllands-Ring, after he on Wednesday got the opportunity to run the car on a closed piece of tarmac, where he shook down the pneumatical system that Sahva Auto had developed to help him during braking, when he had to brake, steer and change down gears at the same time. "We did 60 laps of the Jyllands-Ring, and the car did not miss a gear change a single time," Watt continues. "The system that Sahva Auto has developed is absolutely marvellous, and it has been running and running and running. Actually, the only change that we made to the car during the test was to reposition the seat two inches. Apart from that I off course have had to learn to operate the car." In comparison to the racing cars that Jason Watt handled previously in his career, his new DTC Peugeot 306 GTI has a special rod by the steering wheel, which makes it possible for him to operate the brake, while he also gives gas with his hands. "It is the accelleration and braking situations that need adaptation. The brake is positioned right next to my right hand, but for instance when I drive out of a corner, it is suddenly in the wrong place," Watt explains. "But there are also a lot of other thing that I have to get used to. All what previously was natural to me I suddenly have to think about. I have to think about what I am doing, and what things I should operate. I simply have to think more. Previously I could drive using my reflexes, but now I have to use just as much energy on thinking what to do next than to drive the car. I also have to get more used to the gear box, especially during up shifts when it is quite tight." Despite the fact that Friday's test on the Jyllands-Ring only had the purpose of allowing Jason Watt to get to know his new mount, the happy Dane feels that he will be competitive in comparison to his competitors. "I have started to believe that I might end up just outside the top 10," Watt ends. On Saturday morning at 11.00 he will meet all his rivals in the Danish Touringcar Challenge for the first time. This happens during unofficial practice, but at 14.00 it will really get serious, when qualifying for Whit Monday's third round of the Danish Touringcar Challenge takes place.

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