Surrealistic NykjÃ¦r star of spectacular DTC final Along with Martin the Seat Leon star challenged eventual winner Magnussen The second round of the Danish Touringcar Championship at Padborg Park had an almost surrealistic outcome. In a ...
Surrealistic Nykjær star of spectacular DTC final
Along with Martin the Seat Leon star challenged eventual winner Magnussen
The second round of the Danish Touringcar Championship at Padborg Park had an almost surrealistic outcome. In a brand new Seat Leon, which had been collected at the works in Spain earlier in the week, Michel Nykjær showed blinding speed and was very close at scoring the double with wins in both the pre-final and the final.
In the shoot out competition the Dane was invincible, and in the pre-final it was only Casper Elgaard who with one of his trademark starts managed to lead him. But the reigning champion was only ahead until the end of the second lap, as Michel Nykjær then slipped into a lead which he held until the chequered flag.
The win in the pre-final meant that the Seat driver had to start the final from fifth position, but nevertheless he managed to pass the leading quartet twice to take the lead. The first time it happened after a third of the race, but as some contact was involved when he passed Jan Magnussen for first place, Michel Nykjær had to go through the penalty lane and start passing the leading cars anew. But once again he succeeded in getting to the front. With two laps to go he outbraked Jan Magnussen at the end of the straight.
"I could see that it was a very ambitious attack, he made," Jan Magnussen says.
"I was running on the last of the margins, and I made a tiny braking error. If I hadn't tried, I wouldn't have had the chance to win. But I am still proud of what I have achieved," Michel Nykjær said. In the passing manoeuvre he ran wide in the following corner and slipped down to fourth place.
But the Seat driver was not alone in robbing Jan Magnussen of the lead briefly. In the middle of the race the Hartmann Honda Racing pair of Markko Martin and Martin Jensen were shadowing the ex champ, and after having put a lot of pressure on him, Markko Martin decided to have a go at the end of the straight. He went past, but then ran out of tarmac and ended up in the gravel trap.
"Yeah, it was stupid, but I just did not want to accept second," the WRC star admitted afterwards. "He was closing the door all the time, I did not have the hole to go past and then I tried to find the hole and just locked up and could do nothing but to avoid hitting him. Luckily, there was no contact, but I had my fun."
Generally the Estonian was very competitive on his second weekend as a racing driver, actually starting Sunday's final from pole position.
"I really enjoyed it. It was really good to be in such a tough fight. There was always somebody up in your arse all the time, trying to overtake, and you are trying to do the same to some of the others. To me it was very, very interesting. It was good to see that we had found some extra speed from the Honda. For me it was good that I managed to drive fast and be competitive."
As the Estonian exited the race team mate Martin Jensen took over the runner-up position on the rostrum, where he was joined by Sweden's Jens Edman. Another Swede was also happy, as Pontus Morth finished as top privateer in both races.
Generally the racing at Padborg Park was very dramatic. Casper Elgaard lost his championship lead due a failure on his power steering in the final, while team manager John Nielsen spun, trying to overtake Markko Martin. Finally, Jesper Sylvest put his BMW on its roof in the pre-final, but nevertheless the hard trying mechanics of Sylvest Motorsport managed to get the car ready for the final.