A new challenge for racing drivers in Denmark Minister of Culture will open the extended Jyllands-Ringen For Danish motor racing 2003 will go into the history books as one of the most remarkable seasons ever for the small country in Northern...
A new challenge for racing drivers in Denmark
Minister of Culture will open the extended Jyllands-Ringen
For Danish motor racing 2003 will go into the history books as one of the most remarkable seasons ever for the small country in Northern Europe. Internationally, Tom Kristensen took his fifth win at Le Mans, while Nicolas Kiesa became only the country's third driver ever to start a World Championship Grand Prix. On the domestic front, motor racing is also progressing. In May Crown Prince Frederik performed the official opening of the country's newest circuit, Padborg Park, and this weekend, Minister of Culture Brian Mikkelsen, will officially open the new section of Jyllands-Ringen.
With the new section Jyllands-Ringen will be extended from its previous length of 1.475 metres to 2.300 metres, which will make it Denmark's longest circuit. The first meeting on the new circuit will take place next weekend on August 30th and 31st, when the eighth and ninth round of the Danish Touringcar Championship will be held at the circuit. Earlier this week a number of teams and drivers in the series had their first experience of the new layout at a test session.
"We will be needing a new set-up for the car", Henrik Lundgaard said. "As a matter of fact, we will be facing a new circuit, which requires a completely new set-up, which people now has to develop, which is completely different, as in previous years we have seen a lot of drivers who had performed perfectly at Jyllands-Ringen, but have been tail-end charlies elsewhere."
The former European Rally Champion has been driving a works-backed Toyota Corolla T-Sport in the Danish Touringcar Championship since the start of the 2002 season, and he will be facing a new challenge, as the corner leading on to the main straight has been changed to a right-left section.
"Previously you had one long curve, which made it easier to get the speed right," Lundgaard compares, "but now your first turn left and then have to go in the other direction. By doing that you put more stress on your tyres, simply because you change direction."
In the section in question, the drivers will experience a lateral G-force of 1,6 G in one direction, which then shifts to the completely opposite direction. But apart from that the new section of Jyllands-Ringen will also give the drivers several new experiences like drops and a fast, accelerating left-hander.
"With hot tyres, you will have to lift, but as long as you have perfect grip with your tyres, you'll be able to floor it," Henrik Lundgaard explained. He was generally surprised by his first meeting with the new Jyllands-Ringen.
"The circuit is completely the opposite of what I had expected, and it will be interesting to see, how things will develop, but it looks as if we will be getting more even temperatures in the tyres than previously. In the past our right hand tyres were stressed, but now it's more even. When I went onto the circuit for the first time, I did one exploratory lap, and on my second lap I set my fastest time of the day, well, actually, it was my first flying lap. That's probably caused by the fact that in rallying I have been used to only seeing the special stages two times before the race!"