DTC: 2003 season preview

27 entries for 2003 Danish Touringcar Championship. New circuits and new rulebook for Scandinavia's top tin-top series. In front of numerous press representatives at Jyllands-Ringen Peter Elgaard today presented the entry and the programme for...

27 entries for 2003 Danish Touringcar Championship.
New circuits and new rulebook for Scandinavia's top tin-top series.

In front of numerous press representatives at Jyllands-Ringen Peter Elgaard today presented the entry and the programme for this year's Danish Touringcar Championship.

"2003 is going to be a very special season, in fact even historic, not only for the Danish Touringcar Championship, but also for Danish motor racing as a whole," Peter Elgaard said. He gave three reasons for his high expectations. A large number of entries, a new engine rulebook and new circuits.

"At the start of the year we have 27 entries for the series, and all of the drivers are entered by crack teams. But what really makes the quality of this year's series stand out is the fact that two of Sweden's new names, Jens Edman and Pontus Morth, have decided to race here in Denmark due to the prestige and the many challenges that they will be facing in beating Jason Watt and all the other Danish star names."

This year the Danish Touringcar Championship will be making its first of two steps towards using FIA's international Sport 2000 rulebook, which the series will be following 100 % on the technical side in 2004.

"The big change is caused by the new engine rules, which will lead to a giant leap in output from 225 bhp to typically 260 bhp," Peter Elgaard explained. "With the new rules we will be having even closer racing, but that is not the main cause for the change. Previously the teams had to have their engines built exclusively for the previous national regulations, which was both expensive and time-consuming. Instead they can now buy the engines from international suppliers at a lower cost because of economies of scale."

The sporting regulations have also been changed. Last year's exploitation of the pre-finals as mere qualifying sessions for the finals are no longer possible, while the maximum for the success ballast has been reduced from 80 to 50 kg.

"The drivers will be faced with a lot of new challenges in 2003. The series will pay visit to a total of five different venues, which will give the greatest variation in the series so far," Peter Elgaard said.

"The positive thing is that we haven't achieved this by just adding non-Danish venues. It is indeed pleasing that Danish motor racing will be having far better facilities this year. In the southern part of the country near the German border, DTC driver Jens Enemark is in the process of creating Padborg Park, which as the fastest circuit in the country will be a challenge for the drivers."

"But what pleases me most personally is the fact that we can now finally start work on extending Jyllands-Ringen, so that it will become the country's longest circuit. We launched the plans back in 1996, but getting the final planning permission has been a very long and hard process, but for round 7 of the Danish Touringcar Championship, we will be able to use the new circuit."

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Drivers Jason Watt , Jens Edman