Henrik Lundgaard takes Pole in DTC at Padborg Every split second counts The weather forecast in short for Padborg Park: "It will be calm windy and dry conditions with rain and showers". It sounds like a joke but is a rather precisely ...
Henrik Lundgaard takes Pole in DTC at Padborg
Every split second counts
The weather forecast in short for Padborg Park: "It will be calm windy and dry conditions with rain and showers". It sounds like a joke but is a rather precisely characteristic of the weather during training and qualifying on Saturday at Padborg Open.
The ever changing conditions made it impossible to pinpoint the favourites after the training. Michael Outzen drove the fastest lap with Henrik Lundgaard 14/100 behind with the remaining field scattered in an unusual order behind. Only 1,8 second covered the first 19 of the 22 starting cars making up for an exciting qualifying.
Despite the forecast promising the weather to clear up during the afternoon conditions did not change to the better for qualifying. The two Lacettis entered the track as the first cars when the gate opened and managed to improve their times within five laps. Henrik leading the field 27/1000 ahead of Michael. After a few more laps the rain started again sending most of the cars into pit waiting for better conditions.
Five minutes into second qualifying the track started to dry up and most of the cars came out again. Until eight minutes before the chequered flag the positions were safe but then James Thompson in Honda managed to get in between Henrik and Michael just 8/1000 behind Henrik.
Both cars came on the track to secure the starting positions but a spin sending Michael Carlsen in Peugeot into the sand at the Audi curve invoked the safety car for the remaining time. The start in the first race on Sunday will be more exciting than usual since the field is mixed in a very unusual way.