DTC: Knutstorp: Peugeot Statoil Motorsport preview

Swedish duo to challenge the Danes at Ring Knutstorp. Jens Edman and Mikael Gustavsson will drive for Peugeot Statoil Motorsport When the Danish Touringcar Championship goes to Sweden this coming weekend to do round four of the championship at...

Swedish duo to challenge the Danes at Ring Knutstorp.
Jens Edman and Mikael Gustavsson will drive for Peugeot Statoil Motorsport

When the Danish Touringcar Championship goes to Sweden this coming weekend to do round four of the championship at the hilly Ring Knutstorp, leading team Peugeot Statoil Motorsport have signed a pair of Swedish drivers to challenge all the Danish regulars.

Usually the factory-backed Peugeot team have three regular drivers in Jan Magnussen, Jason Watt and up-and-coming youngster Martin Jensen, but as the former has a clashing ALMS commitment in Washington DC his race-winning Peugeot 307 GTI was initially vacant. The same also applied for the Peugeot 306 GTI that Peugeot Statoil Motorsport has entered for different drivers this year, most notably for Manor Motorsport Formula 3 driver Ronnie Bremer, who took a splendid fourth place at the latest race at Jyllands-Ringen.

However, the two silver grey Peugeots won't be idle for the Swedish DTC round, which has been dubbed the Copenhagen Super Prix, as it takes place less than an hour's drive by car from the capital of Denmark. Instead Peugeot Statoil Motorsport has singled one-off race deals with local boys Jens Edman and Mikael Gustavsson.

Jens Edman is expected to be the most difficult opponent for the Danish DTC regulars. Driving the Statoil 307 that Magnussen has taken to two race wins and one second this year, Edman will be equipped with a car that will give him a chance of winning the Copenhagen Super Prix, especially when mixed with his racing pedigree at Ring Knutstorp. A former winner of the one-make Volvo S40 challenge Edman then progressed to the Swedish Touring Car Championship, where he notched up top four championship positions in the last three seasons, before going on to an international programme this year.

While Edman has not raced face-to-face with the likes of Jason Watt et al, Mikael Gustavsson is used to battling the Danes in the past. Back in the late 80s he was a regular competitor in Scandinavian FF1600 races, before embarking on a succesful career in the Swedish Formula 3 Series. For the last couple of seasons he has been racing a Lotus Cortina with his father in the FIA European Historic Challenge, but before that he raced for the Blue Coral Team in the BRDC GT Championship in 1997 mixing it with Thorkild Thyrring -- a driver he will meet again this coming Sunday, as Thyrring is a DTC regular for Team Brask.

Leading the Danish Touringcar Championship is Edman's and Gustavsson's team mate for the weekend, Jason Watt, who also won last year's inaugural DTC round at Ring Knutstorp, beating Casper Elgaard in a very closely fought battle.

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Series General
Drivers Jan Magnussen , Jason Watt , Ronnie Bremer , Casper Elgaard , Thorkild Thyrring , Martin Jensen , Jens Edman