European Champion Lundgaard switches to DTC Will be leading Toyota's attack on the 2002 Danish Touringcar Championship Today at Jyllands-Ringen the Danish Toyota importer, Toyota Danmark A/S, announced that they will be switching their attention...
European Champion Lundgaard switches to DTC
Will be leading Toyota's attack on the 2002 Danish Touringcar Championship
Today at Jyllands-Ringen the Danish Toyota importer, Toyota Danmark A/S, announced that they will be switching their attention from rallying to the burgeoning Danish Touringcar Championship, where they will be entering two cars for 2002 and 2003.
Previously Toyota Danmark A/S has been closely associated with Henrik Lundgaard, who won last year's European Rally Championship with a Corolla WRC, which he is also campaining this year in the six WRC rounds that count towards the privateer Teams Cup, a series that Lundgaard is jointly leading with fellow Toyota driver, Pasi Hagström.
"The time since Toyota Motor Corporation decided to withdraw from rallying to focus on Formula 1, we have been using to get our utmost out of our rallying involvement. However, we have been following the exciting development of the Danish Touringcar Championship closely and have decided that our future motorsport activities in Denmark will focus on the DTC," René Mouritsen, press manager of Toyota Danmark A/S, said at today's press conference.
For next year's Danish Touringcar Championship Toyota will field two of the brand-new Corollas that will be presented to the World press this coming Wednesday in Nice, and which will be shown to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show later in the month. Rally driver Henrik Lundgaard will be making a career switch, as he will not only be masterminding the new project, but also be driving one of the two cars alongside a second driver, whom Toyota has not yet decided on.
"Although I still have my focus on winning this year's Teams Cup in rallying, I have been following the Danish Touringcar Championship closely in recent months," Lundgaard explained. "I am very impressed by the efforts put in by the teams, but also the attention the series gets from the media. I have a clear idea that the competition is really tough, and I see this as a big, exciting, but also hard task, which Toyota has asked me to coordinate."
The construction of the two new Corolla will start by November, and Toyota has appointed another Danish rallying legend, Jørgen Nielsen, took take care of the construction work. Jørgen Nielsen is today technical manager of Team Brask in Denmark and has been instrumental in building the successful Peugeot 306 model which has been dominating the DTC series since 1999.