Elgaard took the championship lead from Magnussen Only two points split the pair after two races at Sturup Raceway The lead of the Danish Touringcar Championship got another owner after Sunday's Copenhagen Racing Grand Prix at Sturup...
Elgaard took the championship lead from Magnussen
Only two points split the pair after two races at Sturup Raceway
The lead of the Danish Touringcar Championship got another owner after Sunday's Copenhagen Racing Grand Prix at Sturup Raceway in southern Sweden. Before the race Jan Magnussen held a lead of six points over Casper Elgaard, but with 50 kg lead in the car he had a difficult time in the shoot out competition and the pre-final, whereas he managed to win the final. However, he still had to pass the lead on to Casper Elgaard.
"That was what we could achieve from this race, but it was nice that we could take a victory with us," the happy final winner said after the race. That he had to give up the championship was caused by the fact that Casper Elgaard was very close at achieving the maximum from the weekend. He took pole position and a win in the pre-final, and the final ended with second place, even though he had had a very quiet race.
"I just waited to see if things could turn my way, and they did so it was nice that I succeeded," Casper Elgaard said. "I chose to use my new tyres for the pre-final to make sure of getting a gap, and then I had to see what would happen in the final. I knew it would be difficult to overtake, and there was no reason in pushing too much."
That Casper Elgaard ended up taking second place, was a consequence of some of the events which happened ahead of him. First Martin Jensen jumpstarted and even though he could lead many laps of the final, a 20 second penalty sent him back to tenth place.
"I watched the starting lamps, which had to go out, but the last one had a darker red colour, and when it went on, I pressed the pedal instead of waiting a bit more," the Hartmann Honda Racing driver said afterwards.
He was not the only driver in the lead group to get penalties. Towards the end of the race there was a collision between Henrik Lundgaard and John Nielsen, who were battling for second place. Henrik Lundgaard got sideways, and John Nielsen was punished three seconds for the episode.
"When I turn into the corner, John drives into my rear wheel," a very excited Henrik Lundgaard said after the episode. "He brakes and gets alongside me, but uses me as a stopping aid, and then manages to get around the corner. He took me off."
"He did not respect me," John Nielsen said. "I had moved alongside him, when he turns in. What did he expect from me? To disappear up into the thin air."
For a lot of the international drivers round three of the Danish Touringcar Championship was some kind of a disappointment.
Ronnie Bremer went off the circuit during the shoot out qualification and tore of the bottom of his engine, which covered the circuit in oil. In the first race the Champ Car hopeful had to retire after a few laps with a broken engine.
The tight and twisty Sturup Raceway was clearly not something that Markko Martin liked. The Estonian only qualified 15th and got involved in a first corner tangle, which sent him down to 22th position, from which he progressed to finish 18th. It did go better in the second race, where Markko Martin moved up to finish in 13th position.