ETCC: Valencia: Pre-race notes

Eve Of The Battle THREE QUESTIONS TO: JAN MAGNUSSEN The second meeting of the FIA European Touring Car Championship marks the first appearance in the series for former F1-ace and 2003 Danish Touring Car champion Jan Magnussen, at the wheel of...

Eve Of The Battle

THREE QUESTIONS TO: JAN MAGNUSSEN

The second meeting of the FIA European Touring Car Championship marks the first appearance in the series for former F1-ace and 2003 Danish Touring Car champion Jan Magnussen, at the wheel of a Peugeot 307 build and run by the Denmark-based Peugeot Sport Engineering.

Q: What do you think about the Championship after what happened in Monza?

JM: "Everybody seems to be in a good shape already. Farfus showed everybody that he is very quick, and this impression cannot be erased by the penalty he was given. In brief, the ETCC is as good as I expected. Alfa Romeo and BMW are the cars to beat, SEAT has improved a lot from last year. From the testing that we have done, it seems we are not far away from many of those, and this gives us some confidence."

Q - What is your own goal for your debut in the championship?

JM: "It is hard to say. Obviously everyone wants a good result, but we are facing some really tough and professional teams. It's a big learning curve for us. We need to take whatever we can get from this weekend to analyse it and work from that. But my personal goal is to be in the better half of the field. And to be in the top-ten would make me very happy."

Q: Is it confirmed that you will compete in all the remaining events?

JM: "Unless some huge disaster happens, then I can confirm that we will be at all of them!"

FACTS AND FIGURES

- Cars which have passed scrutineering 24
- Manufacturers represented 6
- Driver nationalities 10
- Former ETCC champions racing 2
- Rookie drivers 9

KLENKE REPLACES A SICK ASCH AT RS-LINE

Roland Asch will be replaced by Thomas Klenke in Valencia. The 53-year-old driver of RS-Line Rotpunkt Sport was sick all week, and finally he has been forced to forfeit the second race meeting of the FIA European Touring Car Championship. He will be back at the next meeting in Magny-Cours, in two week's time.

The team found a worthy substitute in Thomas Klenke. The 37-year-old from Oschersleben is a very experienced and successful driver in Touring Car competitions. He's also one of Ford Motorsport's reference drivers in developing the Focus ST170.

At the wheel of a Hotfiel Sport Ford Focus, Klenke claimed the 2002 Deutsche Tourenwagen Challenge title; and in the current season he will be driving for the team once again in the now renamed DMSB Produktionswagen Meisterschaft. Because Hotfiel Sport and RS-Line Rotpunkt Sport are working in a close cooperation to develop the Focus in the FIA Super 2000 specifications, he was the logical choice for replacing Asch.

Furthermore, Klenke is not new to the ETCC; in the 2002 season he took part in the meeting at Oschersleben, at the wheel of a Hotfiel Sport Ford Focus ST170, the Blue Oval's first appearance in the relived European Championship.

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Drivers Jan Magnussen , Thomas Klenke , Roland Asch