Former F3 Champion replaces Kurt Thiim. Toyota Castrol Racing has signed Jakob Sund as it second driver for 2003. Toyota Castrol Racing came up with a real surprise, when it announced the identity of the driver, who will replace ace Kurt Thiim...
Former F3 Champion replaces Kurt Thiim.
Toyota Castrol Racing has signed Jakob Sund as it second driver for 2003.
Toyota Castrol Racing came up with a real surprise, when it announced the identity of the driver, who will replace ace Kurt Thiim in its 2003 Danish Touringcar Championship line-up alongside 2001 European Rally Champion, Henrik Lundgaard. After having been contacted by more than 100 drivers from Denmark and abroad the importer-based squaed elected to go for 30-year old Jakob Sund, who has been out of a regular drive for almost half a decade.
"We really look forward to working with Jakob, and we are glad to welcome him at Toyota Castrol Racing," team manager Rene Mouritsen said.
"Even though Jakob has not had a regular racing programme for the last couple of years, we are convinced that he, as one of Denmark's most talented drivers ever, has been building up for the chance and the challenge that is ahead of him now. With Henrik Lundgaard we now have two really professional and top motivated drivers who aboard their Corollas will do everything in their power to follow up on Toyota's succes in our first year of the Danish Touringcar Championship."
Even though the Dane only has done two races in a Volkswagen Beetle for High Class Racing in the Danish Touringcar Championship, he has a long and impressive record behind him.
As any other aspiring Danish racing driver his career started in karts, where he was racing the likes of Jan Magnussen and Jason Watt in the late 80s. He notched up several runner-up positions in his national karting championship, before making the switch to single-seaters in 1993. Second place in the Danish Formula Ford 1600 championship with Team FormulaSport was followed up with another silver medal in the German FF1800 series in 1994, whereupon he moved up to Formula 3, where he duly claimed the 1995 German Championship in the B class.
Alas, a lack of funding hindered him progressing further in the World of single seaters, and having raced for High Class Racing in the European Renault Spider Cup for a couple of years, he decided to step back from professional racing and instead concentrated on creating his own restaurant - Jakob's - in Skagen, the most Northern point of Denmark. However, he managed to take in a few rounds of the national Citroën Saxo Cup, where he still proved to be competitive. But still he was surprised that Toyota Castrol Racing opted for him.
"Even with good results in the past, it is alwas difficult to get "back into the heat", when you haven't been in the sport for a while," Jakob Sund confirms.
"I've been discussing the possibility of driving with Toyota for a while, but I was also aware of the fact that I was facing competition from many drivers, who were good as well as active. So when Rene broke the good news on the phone, I was really left for words out of sheer joy. But now I'm looking forward to taking part in Toyota's test work which will commence in March, and I can't tell how much I'm looking forward to the season ahead, where I'll be doing everything to make my presence felt at the top of the magnificent DTC field."