Peter Elgaard: "Strongest field ever" This year's Danish Touringcar Championship presented at Jyllands-Ringen Today the calender and the entry for this year's Danish Touringcar Championship were presented at a well-attended press conference...
Peter Elgaard: "Strongest field ever"
This year's Danish Touringcar Championship presented at Jyllands-Ringen
Today the calender and the entry for this year's Danish Touringcar Championship were presented at a well-attended press conference at FDM Jyllands-Ringen -- Denmark's biggest racing circuit and the venue that will host half of the eight rounds of the successful series.
"This year we have the strongest field ever," managing director Peter Elgaard of the DTC organization said at Wednesday's presentation.
"It is the combination of the entry, the drivers and the cars that make this year's field so strong. Once again the series will feature multi-car teams from Peugeot Statoil Motorsport and Team Essex Invest as well as K-motorsport and Toyota Castrol Racing, who all last year made their presence felt at the top end of the field, and this year is going to be even better. Take the Toyota team as an example. It is now entering its third year in the series, and with its drivers Henrik Lundgaard and Jens Edman it has two drivers who are both capable of matching the speed of last years' winners."
"But the other teams are also gearing up their effort. Last week Volvo Motorsport Danmark had its first test with the new Volvo S60 alongside the teams of the Swedish Touring Car Championship, and Pontus Morth was a mere half second away from Volvo's leading driver in the Swedish series, Jan Nilsson. But old championship rivals like Michael Carlsen and Jesper Sylvest as well as youngster Martin Jensen will be having the speed to mix it at the top end of the field. And don't forget former race winner Mike Legarth who this year will be entering an ex-BMW Motorsport E46!"
The exitement of the 2004 season is not only created by the stronger driver and team line-up. Technically speaking, the Danish Touringcar Championship is now finalizing the latter of two steps to bring the series into line with the technical regulations of the FIA European Touring Car Championship -- a move that will negate the necessity of developing cars specifically for the Danish series.
Last year the first step was taken, when engines and gearboxes had to be modified according to the FIA Super 2000 rule book, and this year areas like bodywork, suspension, tyres and wheels will be changed accordingly. Especially the latter change will lead to substantial reductions in lap times, as the series switches from 7 to 9 inch Dunlop tyres for which ATS had manufactured a special DTC Super Light wheel.
The field of this year's Danish Touringcar Championshp was also announced, which caused a major surprise. Having originally cut back its participation in various national series due to its concentration on the European Touring Car Championship, it was annonced that the 2004 DTC would see a works entry from Seat. A last minute deal meant that the so-far youngst winner of a DTC final Michel Nykjær would be having two more years in the series!
Likewise the details of the prize fund were also revealed. A total of 135,000 Euros will be at hand, half of which being dedicated to the privateers of the series. But as the non-factory drivers stand good chances of mixing it in the overall results of the races, they may be able to grap more than their original 67,500 Euro share!
The 2004 Danish Touringcar Championship entry
A total of 22 drivers in 11 different types of car will battle it out in the sixth edition of the Danish Touringcar Championship, when the action starts on May 2nd 2004 at FDM Jyllands-Ringen.
<pre> 2 Casper Elgaard Denmark Team Essex Invest BMW 320i E46 3 John Nielsen England Team Essex Invest BMW 320i E46 4 Jens Møller Denmark Team Essex Invest BMW 320i E46 5 Jason Watt Denmark Peugeot Statoil Motorsport Peugeot 307 GTI 6 John Hansen Denmark JHI ATS Motorsport Alfa Romeo 156 GTA 7 Jens Edman Sweden Toyota Castrol Racing Toyota Corolla T-Sport 8 Henrik Lundgaard Denmark Toyota Castrol Racing Toyota Corolla T-Sport 9 Michael Carlsen Denmark Carlsen BP Motorsport Peugeot 307 GTI 10 Pontus Morth Sweden Volvo Motorsport Danmark Volvo S60 11 Jørgen Weinreich Denmark Team Zulu Racing Nissan Primera 12 Carsten Leveau Denmark Team Sturup Raceway BMW 320i E46 13 Gunnar Kristensen Denmark Team Sturup Raceway BMW 320i E46 14 Martin Jensen Denmark Peugeot Statoil Motorsport Peugeot 307 GTI 15 Philip Andersen Denmark K-motorsport Honda Civic Type-R 16 Tom Pedersen Denmark K-motorsport Honda Civic Type-R 17 Michel Nykjær Denmark Seat Racing Team Seat Toledo 20 Jesper Sylvest Denmark Sylvest Motorsport Peugeot 307 GTI 21 Michael Schroter Denmark Team Volkswagen/Castrol Volkswagen Golf GTI 22 Kurt Thiim Luxembourg Renault Sport Renault Megane Sports Hatch 23 Jan Magnussen England Peugeot Statoil Motorsport Peugeot 307 GTI 25 Martin Pedersen Denmark Team Peugeot DTC Køge Peugeot 306 GTI 99 Mike Legarth Denmark Connection Racing BMW 320i E46
</pre> The 2004 Danish Touringcar Championship calendar
This year's Danish Touringcar Championship will be contested over a total of eight rounds, starting in early May and running until the beginning of October.
For the fourth year in a row the Danish Touringcar Championship will visit the Ring Knutstorp, which is a very popular venue, attracting several thousand spectators from the Danish capital of Copenhagen, which is less than a one hour drive away.
Each of the eight rounds will consist of a pre final followed by a longer final -- the winner of which is also the winner of the DTC round.