WRC star Markko Martin will race a Honda Accord The Estonian ace and Martin Jensen in the Danish Touringcar Championship at the wheel of two JAS-made Honda Accord Euro R FIA Super 2000 World Rally Championship star Markko Martin is the...
WRC star Markko Martin will race a Honda Accord
The Estonian ace and Martin Jensen in the Danish Touringcar Championship at the wheel of two JAS-made Honda Accord Euro R FIA Super 2000
World Rally Championship star Markko Martin is the latest addition to the quality field of the Danish Touringcar Championship, after the Estonian earlier today struck a deal with Hartmann Honda Racing to race one of its two Honda Accord Euro-R in the series.
The Estonian has been out of action since the tragic Rally of Great Britain last September, but has for a time shown a keen interest in the Danish tin-tops series. Friend and long-time gravel pilot Henrik Lundgaard is one of the top drivers of the series, which Markko Martin experienced live for the first time in the October final at Jyllandsringen, and it was his ex-rival who guided him into the series.
"I got a contact with Lundgaard at a time, when I had ordered a new car, but did not have a confirmed driver," team owner and original driver Hans Hartmann explains.
"Eventually we struck a deal with a driver, but after that Markko was still very keen on driving. We got in touch with the car supplier, JAS Motorsport, but it was a problem getting a third car ready in time, so instead I have decided to take 2006 as a sabbatical from the DTC series and put Markko into the seat instead!"
The other car of Hartmann Racing will be driven by Martin Jensen, who comes back at the wheel of a Honda after his past experiences in the series with a JAS made Civic Type R.
"I had the opportunity to test the Accord in Hockenheim last year, and I had the immediate feeling that it was a great car. Finally I have the possibility to drive it for the whole season, and I am quite confident that we will be top contenders for the title"
"These are very good news" commented Alessandro Mariani "we know Martin Jensen very well, he did very well with our Civic and had a very successfull test with us last year, but unfortunately at that time we could not finalise the agreement for the WTCC. Therefore his comeback with Honda makes us happy. About Markko Martin, we have no doubts that such a talented rally driver could do well in circuit racing. Hartmann Racing is doing a very good job and we will support them as much as we can to achieve ambitious targets"
The Danish Touringcar Championship looks again like bolstering a bumper entry for the 2006 edition of the series. With Markko Martin a total of 25 drivers split over 17 teams and driving 10 different models of cars will head for the opening round of the series at Jyllandsringen on April 30th.
Hartmann Racing with Martin Jensen and Markko Martin will attend the WTCC Test and Media Days in Monza, on March 21-22.