Casper Elgaard's sideways win at Padborg Park The BMW driver tangled with Jan Magnussen virtually on the finishing line The inaugural Danish Touringcar Championship meeting at Denmark's brand new racing circuit, Padborg Park, was literally...
Casper Elgaard's sideways win at Padborg Park
The BMW driver tangled with Jan Magnussen virtually on the finishing line
The inaugural Danish Touringcar Championship meeting at Denmark's brand new racing circuit, Padborg Park, was literally decided on the finishing line, when Jan Magnussen's last corner attempt on passing Casper Elgaard sent the latter driver sideway across the finishing line to take his third win of the series.
"When I went through the corner at the end of the straight, it was the last chance for Jan to pass me. I could see that he was getting into the right position, but I didn't believe that he would try. I had full throttle on, and so had Jan. He gave me a small push, and then it was just a question of continuing until I had passed the finishing line," said Casper Elgaard, whose BMW 320i went off the circuit in the process. But he wasn't angry at Jan Magnussen.
"No, not at all. It was his last possibility of getting a win, so you can't be angry at him," Elgaard said in the minutes after the event.
"Casper closed the door, and I tried to pass him," Magnussen said. "But even if he had spun earlier, he would still have crossed the finishing line earier than me. It was my last attempt, and I didn't want to spin him around, but it's the best finish ever that we have had in the DTC series."
The pre-final had resulted in yet another win for Jan Magnussen, even though veteran John Nielsen made the best start. But in the fastest corner of the circuit the Peugeot driver managed to get by.
"Coming up to the chicane, I was much faster than John, who closed the door. I knew that I had to time it perfectly, if I should attempt a move on him, but when John opened the door, I went for the gap and got through," Magnussen said, thus having to start the final from sixth on the grid.
When the 23 car field was sent away pole man Martin Jensen took the lead from Henrik Lundgard, while all hell broke loose further down the field, when Mike Legarth's BMW was sent sideways across the field and into the paths of Michael Carlsen and Jakob Sund, eliminating all three and sending out the safety car. When the green flag was waved again, Martin Jensen was now leading Casper Elgaard and Henrik Lundgaard, but Jensen and Elgaard had to swop positions a couple of times before the latter settled on first place.
Meanwhile Jan Magnussen was holding sixth, but then the quick Peugeot driver started moving up through the grid. Car by car he moved by his rivals -- mainly outbraking them at the hairpin at the end of the straight -- but even though he made his desparate last corner attempt, he had to make do with second place.