1-2 win for Hartmann Honda Racing Hartmann Honda Racing achieved its best ever result in the Danish Touringcar Championship this weekend. James Thompson won the prestigious final. Per Poulsen claimed the top position among the privateers....
1-2 win for Hartmann Honda Racing
Hartmann Honda Racing achieved its best ever result in the Danish Touringcar Championship this weekend. James Thompson won the prestigious final. Per Poulsen claimed the top position among the privateers. But best of all the results all added up to a 1-2 win, where the two white Hondas crossed the finishing line first. Ahead of the remaining competitors.
"It was an absolutely fabulous result that we have achieved and a big thank is due. Not only just to James and Per, who got us the trophies, but to everybody in the team from the tyre guy over the mechanics to the girls in our VIP department. They do all form a part of this success," team owner Hans Hartmann said after the race.
The win in the final was James Thompson's second in a row, and the Honda driver could thus extend his lead in the championship.
"Actually, I hadn't expected to win at this circuit, "James Thompson says. "I mean we have been fast here, we broke the 1 minute 10 barrier for the first time last time, but I have to say that it was a tough weekend. We struggled a bit in qualifying. The car was not so good in the first two races, and then in the third race the car was fantastic."
In the prestigious final there were Hartmann Hondas on the two first rows on the grid, but it was Per Poulsen who was leading James Thompson, but the Brit ended the day on top.
"I had a good dice with Per," James Thompson recalls. "He has really been fast over the weekend, and I really enjoyed the dice and it was nice to give him a little nudge to say hello. Then we had a good dice for a couple of laps, and then I got the better of him and I had the pace and I tried to use it in the early part of the race. The Chevrolets were strong and I tried to open up a gap and then I just controlled the race."
"I am very, very satisfied with my second place. Especially when it is James that is ahead of me," Per Poulsen says. Before the weekend he had decided to concentrate on getting points for the privateer section, but than strategy was soon dropped.
"I didn't think of the privateer cup. Not at all. I went 100 per cent for first place in the final. As the start was special with Jan Magnussen jump-starting and James holding second behind me, it was soon clear that I didn't want to block, if I felt that James was faster than me," Per Poulsen admits.
"Actually, I tried to keep James behind me, as I did not know whether I had sufficient heat in the tyres. But as he continued to be two tenths of a second quicker per lap than me, the only thing to do was to let him get by, so that I could get some flow into my race."
The results of the weekend mean that James Thompson kept his lead in the overall championship, where Per Poulsen is holding sixth place. Per Poulsen is also in a clear lead in the privateer section, while Hartmann Honda Racing is holding second place in the team's championship.