Casper Elgaard kept his DTC rivals at bay The BMW driver topped the leading quartet that was covered by 2.5 seconds For the second time this year Casper Elgaard won the main final of round three of the Danish Touringcar Championship, which...
Casper Elgaard kept his DTC rivals at bay
The BMW driver topped the leading quartet that was covered by 2.5 seconds
For the second time this year Casper Elgaard won the main final of round three of the Danish Touringcar Championship, which was held on Sunday at Jyllands-Ringen. The main race was a very close affair with the top four drivers being covered by just 2.5 seconds at the drop of the chequered flag.
Having recorded the fastest time ever for a DTC car at the twisty Jyllands-Ringen in the Super Pole session, Swede Jens Edman started from the front row and just went away into the distance in the first race, the pre-final. Also making a good start was Henrik Lundgaard, the Toyota driver holding second place in front of Jan Magnussen, Casper Elgaard and Jason Watt. This trio switched positions a couple of time, until Magnussen finally succeeded in getting a firm hold on third place, which he transformed into second place at the start of lap four.
With the two Peugeots of Edman and Magnussen sailing away into the distance, the battle for third place started to hot up. Lundgaard held this position, but as his tyres started to overheat he found it more and more difficult to keep Elgaard behind. With three laps to go the BMW driver moved by, whereas Jason Watt in fifth place didn't manage to find a way past.
Further down the field there were numerous good scraps for positions. Pierre Legarth and Jakob Sund tangled, as they battled for eighth position, while Gunnar Kristensen managed to work his way up from 24th on the grid to 11th at the flag fall.
Having finished the pre-final in sixth place Michel Nykjær found himself in pole position for the second, main race. Alas first gear in his Seat Toledo was far to high to get a proper getaway here, and as Nykjær was engulfed by rivals, it was Casper Elgaard who made the best start from row two to take the lead.
Another driver to make a good start was Henrik Lundgaard, who held second for a lap, until Jason Watt nipped by him. Soon after Jan Magnussen also followed through, but like team mate Sund, Lundgaard also lost time in a collision, as he was rammed in the side by Jens Edman.
Within a few laps Jason Watt had closed the gap to Casper Elgaard at the front, starting to put pressure on the BMW driver. Just behind them third place was as evenly contested between Jan Magnussen and Jens Edman. However, midway through the race a safety car period occurred, when last year's winner of this meeting, Mike Legarth, had sent his BMW 320i into the barrier. During this period Jens Edman's car suddenly started to drop back.
"I started getting problems with my alternator, which didn't produce any power. First the power steering stopped working, and then the power just dwinled, and in the end the engine suddenly stopped," the unlucky Swede explained.
When the racing resumed Casper Elgaard didn't manage to open a gap to Jason Watt, who continued trying to find a way past the leading BMW. Likewise, the reigning Danish champion was also under pressure from behind, as Jan Magnussen also wanted to progress, the series leader himself being pressured by Henrik Lundgaard. This quartet circulated Jyllands-Ringen at high speed, until they crossed the chequered flag in that order, being covered by just 2.5 seconds.
Fifth place went to privateer Jesper Sylvest, who had worked his way up from ninth on the grid, passing Kurt Thiim and former double champion Michael Carlsen among others.
With his win Casper Elgaard closed the gap to Jan Magnussen, the former Grand Prix driver now leading by just nine points. Next round of the Danish Touringcar Championship will be the inaugural race meeting in three weeks time at the brand new Padborg Park circuit, a few kilometres north of the Danish-German border.