At the end of 2001 it was confirmed that former Le Mans winner John Nielsen had chosen fellow Dane Casper Elgaard to be his regular partner in the new YGK sports-racing car for this year's 24 hour enduro and the FIA Sports Car Championship. But...
At the end of 2001 it was confirmed that former Le Mans winner John Nielsen had chosen fellow Dane Casper Elgaard to be his regular partner in the new YGK sports-racing car for this year's 24 hour enduro and the FIA Sports Car Championship. But the pair will also team up in the Danish Touringcar Championship, where they will drive for the new Racing for Denmark / Team Essex Invest, who will be fielding a pair of BMW 320is.
"The cars will be built by Carly Motors, who was the leading BMW team in Super Production last year," explains John Nielsen, who will also act as team manager in the new outfit.
"Carly's cars have won everywhere, where they have been entered from the Dutch series to Macau and Malaysia and last year they finished up second in the ETCC. Carly Motors is also making engine development on behalf of BMW Motorsport, and we have chosen to work with them, as they will be making engine development for the Danish rulebook, even though we won't benefit from it until the latter part of the season."
The new team is owned by Essex Invest, while long-time motorsport backer Den Blå Avis is the second main sponsor. The team also gets support from Duckhams, but on top of this a sponsor scheme similar to the one used by Jan Lammers for Le Mans has been presented. For a mere 675 Euros the average Dane can get his name or logo on the two cars, which are split up in areas of 7 by 21 centrimetres.
"In this way we will be creating a very exiting fan and supportor's club. We will be having a giant racing party for all the team's sponsors and thereby creating an atmosphere, where everybody is part of the team. It can be hard to find big budgets from single backers, but the Danish Touringcar Championship has now reached such a position that we can make such a plan a reality," John Nielsen explains.
"On the racing side I look very much forward to be driving a rear-wheel drive car, 'cause I want to be pushed, not pulled like I did in the Nissan Primera. The joy of driving the BMW will make it fun, as a rear-wheel drive car follows the rules I always have been following in racing."
Big John's team mate, Casper Elgaard, is also looking forward to working with the new team, where a large part of the staff comes from the defunct McDonald's Nissan Racing.
"I have great expectations for 2002 with our new race package. I know the staff from the Nissan team, and we have already seen that the BMWs are extremely competitive," Casper Elgaard says.
"We aim to be in the top 3, and one of us will be a regular frontrunner. John and I work very well together, and we can support each other one hundred per cent. John has already proven his worth, and I am an up-and-coming driver, and if I can keep up with John, it will be great. We hope that the two BMWs will get a lot of 1-2 results, and then the form of the day may decide, who will be on top."