Philip Andersen and Martin Jensen are new drivers alongside Jacob Kristensen. Following its debut in the Danish Touringcar Championship last year K-motorsport has decided to extend its attack on this year's series, where the Honda Civic-mounted...
Philip Andersen and Martin Jensen are new drivers alongside Jacob Kristensen.
Following its debut in the Danish Touringcar Championship last year K-motorsport has decided to extend its attack on this year's series, where the Honda Civic-mounted squad aims to go from two to three cars with the announcement of Philip Andersen and Martin Jensen as its two new drivers.
The latter has been a regular on the DTC scene for the last couple of years, having run first a Volvo S40 and most recently a Peugeot 306 GTI as a team mate to champion Jason Watt and former Grand Prix driver Jan Magnussen.
"Last year I had a good season with Peugeot, getting the best out of the equipment available, but I really needed to have a car that was capable of winning races," Martin Jensen explains. "K-motorsport has such a car and that has been decisive in my attempt at getting closer to winning the Danish Touringcar Championship."
For the last couple of seasons Martin Jensen has got a quite unusual sponsorship deal with Venstre, the political party of Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who has also appeared at the circuits on one occasion. However, most recently it has been young Jensen's results on the track that have made people take notice of him, as he ended the season in ninth place overall, with one second place as his best individual result.
"This year I will be racing for a team with a huge technical knowledge and experience. K-motorsport's plans for 2003 fully match my expectations and ambitions about winning, and it also has a will and entusiasm that is of great experience for me, and then of course it has been a nice feeling to know that K-motorsport has been wanting to have me as a part of their team," Jensen says.
The 23-year old racer participated in the British winter series for Formula Renault, and this particular class is actually the background of his new team mate, Philip Andersen, who is a double Danish Champion in the single-seater series.
"Following two years of Formula Renault, I was in need of a new challenge, and as it wasn't possible to get into a top team in the single-seater classes, I have chosen to go for the DTC series. The Danish Touringcar Championship is the strongest series in Denmark with massive media exposure, so hopefully I will be able to get a good background to launch my international career," Philip Andersen says.
Last year K-motorsport entered two Honda Civic Type-Rs for Henrik Larsen and Jacob Kristensen, and the younger brother of four-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen hopes to continue with the family-run team if he can find the sponsorship backing necessary.
Behind the scene father Carl-Erik Kristensen will continue as team manager, while 2002 free lance engineer Mads Fischer will work on a permanent basis this year, following several years' of experience with Italian JAS Motorsport.