Swedish newcomer on provisional pole position. Volvo driver Pontus MÃ¶rth was quickest in Saturday's timed practice. Saturday's practice session for the first round of the Danish Touringcar Championship was a very unpredictive affair, as the ...
Swedish newcomer on provisional pole position.
Volvo driver Pontus Mörth was quickest in Saturday's timed practice.
Saturday's practice session for the first round of the Danish Touringcar Championship was a very unpredictive affair, as the drivers tried to qualify for one of the ten top spots for the Super Pole session run at noon on Sunday. With a wet, but slightly drying track every minute of the first part of the session saw new drivers holding first place. But just as everyone had thought that the qualifying order was set in stone, Swedish series newcomer Pontus Mörth caused a stir by putting his Volvo S40 on provisional pole position with two minutes to go.
"It's unbelivable", a jubilant Mörth said after practice. "We used wet-weather tyres for a couple of laps, and then we mounted slicks. The car just felt fantastic, so it was just a question of hitting the trottle, and as we eneded up with a good time in the end, tomorrow's Super Pole will be really exciting."
The Swede will be on provisional pole position until 12.15 on Sunday, when the top ten drivers will make singular attempts at setting the time that could give them the best grid position for tomorrow's first heat. But this fact doesn't give Mörth any fears.
"We will be able to make a single quick lap," said Mörth, who had a minor coming together with another newcomer to the series, Martin Pedersen, loosing a front lamp in the process.
Mörth's countryman Jens Edman was also competitive today, taking the runner-up spot, while Edman's teammates in Peugeot Statoil Motorsport was having things less easy. Jan Magnussen misjudged the track conditions and overheated his tires, while reigning champion Jason Watt suffered his second blown engine of the day. As his team now has run out of spare engines, Watt will be a non-starter tomorrow.
With the exception of Pontus Mörth the timed practice showed that the field in this year's Danish Touringcar Championship is very competitive. The remaining nine drivers to qualify for the Super Pole session were covered by less than half a second, while seven different makes of cars will compete for pole position tomorrow.