May 26th 2002 -- Danish Touringcar Championship: Thiim and Lundgaard secure 1-2 win for Toyota. New kids on the block Toyota won Danish Touringcars at Ring Djursland. In only its second appearance in the ultra-competitive Danish ...
May 26th 2002 -- Danish Touringcar Championship:
Thiim and Lundgaard secure 1-2 win for Toyota.
New kids on the block Toyota won Danish Touringcars at Ring Djursland.
In only its second appearance in the ultra-competitive Danish Touringcar Championship new kids on the block Toyota Castrol Racing scored a 1-2 win for the new Corolla model with Kurt Thiim and Henrik Lundgaard taking the top two positions in round two of the series on Ring Djursland.
Returning from Sears Point where he had won the ALMS race for Panoz, first round winner Jan Magnussen had recorded the fastest time during general practice, but when the top eight cars were preparing for the Super Pole shoot out, Magnussen's developed a gearbox problem which saw him drop to seventh position for the line up for heat one. However, one other driver's Super Pole was much worse, as Kurt Thiim's Toyota also developed a problem, which prevented him from taking part in the Super Pole. However, Thiim's Toyota mechanics managed to get the car ready for the race, which alas the Peugeot mechanics did not succeed in doing with Magnussen's car,. So the former Grand Prix driver was left as a spectator for the afternoon.
Pole position went to the K-motorsport Honda Civic Type-R of Henrik Larsen, and the diminutive driver also made the perfect getaway, while Henrik Lundgaard was somewhat hesitant and had to let Casper Elgaard's BMW 320i slip by into second. However, Lundgaard was soon up to speed, and in the second corner on the opening lap he retook second place. Elgaard was obviously in handling problems, as he was soon also demoted by team mate John Nielsen and Peugeot 307 driver Jason Watt.
Next driver to challenge Elgaard was Kurt Thiim, who had earlier moved past reigning champion Michael Carlsen. Now he put the pressure on Elgaard, whom he managed to pass on lap five. Jason Watt was next in line, but the former Formula 3000 star was a much tougher nut to crack for Thiim, who did not manage to get by until lap 10.
Meanwhile at the front Henrik Larsen had opened up a small cushion to Lundgaard, who midway through the heat was getting under pressure from John Nielsen in third place. But the battle for second soon expanded from being a duel to being a fight between three drivers, as Thiim also started mixing it with them. However, all three drivers drove perfect races, and no-one made that tiny error, which could have opened the door for the competitor.
With a new lap record in race one Thiim had qualified for pole position for race two, where he took the lead from Larsen, Lundgaard, Nielsen, Watt and Johnny V. Nielsen, who had made the most perfect getaway in the Peugeot 306 GTI, which Carlsen had taken last year's championship aboard. However, the former owner would have none of this, and on lap four he demoted Johnny V. Nielsen to seventh place, and the latter now had a very tough battle with Mike Legarth, where the two made contact on several occasions.
At the front there was a status quo situation, but at the end of lap 13 Larsen's Honda suddenly started to misfire with a severely overheating exhaust and eventual retirement being the consequences. Thus Henrik Lundgaard was up into second place, but he was again being pressured by John Nielsen. But like race one the former Le Mans winner simply couldn't find a way past the 2000 European Rally Champion.