There was excitement aplenty during the 15 minute long timed practice for Whit Monday's third round of the Danish Touringcar Challenge at the Jyllands-Ring. Heavy rain in the morning resulted in a wet circuit, which gradually dried out during the...
There was excitement aplenty during the 15 minute long timed practice for Whit Monday's third round of the Danish Touringcar Challenge at the Jyllands-Ring. Heavy rain in the morning resulted in a wet circuit, which gradually dried out during the DTC practice session, seeing lap times tumble down. Seven times during the session the pole position changed ownership, and at the middle of the session it was Jason Watt's name that headed the list with a time of 50,535s. But then he had to drive slowly to the side of the circuit, while a total of five drivers bettered his time. "During braking at the end of the straight there was this big bang, and then suddenly there was not much drive left to the wheels," Jason Watt explained, after his Peugeot 306 GTI had been towed back to the paddock. "I think it was a driveshaft that broke. It was disappointing. Before today I would have been glad for my sixth place on the grid, but now I am disappointed."
After Watt's failure, BMW driver Mike Legarth took over at the top of the timing monitor. His time of 50,265s gave him pole position which he held until the penultimate minute, when John Nielsen lapped the Jyllands-Ring in 49,986s.
"Now it is no longer a surprise that I am good during practice, but nevertheless I am still disappointed that I did not end up on pole position this time," Mike Legarth said after he had been beaten. But it had not been easy for John Nielsen to wrest away pole position from him.
"It was tight," the Nissan driver sighed.
"I got into the pit too late for my tyre change, but as we had problems with my left front wheel, it meant that I could only manage one lap before the chequered flag. There was only one thing to do and that was to close my eyes and just race on. I have to confess that I am really turned on this weekend. Now the car has to work, as I simply want to win. But I think that my pole position prove that already a fortnight ago at Ring Djursland we had the performance that is needed." On the second row behind John Nielsen and Mike Legarth the leader of the Danish Touringcar Challenge, Michael Carlsen, will start alongside Kurt Thiim. The former Mercedes DTM star had a good run in his Volkswagen Beetle, which was holding second place for a short moment. Last year's champion, Jesper Sylvest, was fifth-fastest in his Citroën Xsara Coupé, and he will thus line up alongside Jason Watt in Monday's DTC race, which starts at 14.00.
<pre> Result of timed practice for round 3 of the Danish Touringcar Challenge:
1. John Nielsen McDonald's Nissan Racing Nissan Primera 49,986 2. Mike Legarth Legarth Racing BMW 320i 50,265 3. Michael Carlsen Michael Carlsen Motorsport Peugeot 306 GTI 50,379 4. Kurt Thiim Team Hohenester VW Beetle 50,399 5. Jesper Sylvest Sylvest Motorsport Citroën Xsara Coupé VTS 50,506 6. Jason Watt Peugeot Sport Team Peugeot 306 GTI 50,535 7. Casper Elgaard Renault Motorsport Denmark Renault Megane Stationcar 50,686 8. Michael Schröter Michael Schröter VW Golf GTI 50,714 9. Klaus Madsen Team Brask Racing Peugeot 306 GTI 50,833 10. Thorkild Thyrring McDonald's Nissan Racing Nissan Primera 50,927