Henrik Lundgaard takes provisional pole position Toyota and Peugeot were the dominant makes in Saturday's DTC qualifying Toyota and Peugeot were the cars to have in Saturday's qualifying session for round three of the Danish Touringcar ...
Henrik Lundgaard takes provisional pole position
Toyota and Peugeot were the dominant makes in Saturday's DTC qualifying
Toyota and Peugeot were the cars to have in Saturday's qualifying session for round three of the Danish Touringcar Championship at Jyllands-Ringen, with the two makes taking five of the top six positions. Following his win at Mantorp Park a fortnight ago Henrik Lundgaard took a provisional pole position, which he will hold until Sunday noon, when the Super Pole session will decide the final outcome of the top 12 starting positions for the pre-final.
"This was a rare moment, when everything went according to plan," the Toyota driver said after having recorded the day's fastest lap.
"I had hoped to just do one flying lap, but as Jesper Sylvest got in my way, I had to go for two quick laps. It's nice to be on pole, because the situation now is completely different to the previous race, where I ruined my tyres. Now instead I have to fresh tyres for tomorrow."
"I was a little shocked by the speed Lundgaard was carrying," Jason Watt said. The reigning champion ended up being fourth in today's qualifying.
"The aim for today was just to get among the 12 best without pressuring the car," Watt continued. "But we always drive to the limit in order to find out, if there are some areas in need of improvement. You cannot just go 80 % and be satisfied with that. I still believe that there is more in the car, to which we will be making some minor changes for tomorrow."
Among the Peugeot drivers Watt ended up third-fastest behind Jens Edman and Jan Magnussen, while Casper Elgaard was top BMW driver in fifth place. One place behind - and continuing his improvement in the series - was Toyota's new signing, Jakob Sund.
"I'm not very pleased with the time I recorded, because it could have been better, if it hadn't been for traffic on the circuit," the Toyota driver explained. "I wanted to drive as few laps as possible in order to save my tyres, and that really pleases me, as I definitively think we will be able to be even more competitive tomorrow. Compared with the times we set in the pre-event testing, I should have a good chance in improving my time."
At K-motorsport the mood was rock bottom, however. For the first time ever neither of its drivers Martin Jensen and Philip Andersen managed to qualify for the Super Pole session, the Honda duo ending up in 13th and 14th respectively.
"This is really, really disappointing," Philip Andersen said.
"We simply went wrong on the settings of the car. There were some changes that we simply couldn't manage to do before qualifying, so I tried to change my driving style. But when we look at the figures afterwards, we can see that my style of driving was all wrong, and that was simply caused by the changes that we had made to the car. We will switch back to the old settings tomorrow, and I'm 110 % convinced that I'll be able to make it into the top five."