DTC: Knutstorp: Race report

Jens Edman takes first foreign win in DTC. The Swede "borrowed" Jan Magnussen's Peugeot and won at Ring Knutstorp. On Sunday Prodrive test driver Jens Edman became the first foreign driver to win a round of the Danish Touringcar Championship,...

Jens Edman takes first foreign win in DTC.
The Swede "borrowed" Jan Magnussen's Peugeot and won at Ring Knutstorp.

On Sunday Prodrive test driver Jens Edman became the first foreign driver to win a round of the Danish Touringcar Championship, when he triumphed at his home circuit, Ring Knutstorp, in southern Sweden. Edman was substituting for DTC regular Jan Magnussen, who had a clashing ALMS commitment in Washington D.C., and he duly won the second race in front of Kurt Thiim.

Like in 2001 Casper Elgaard had qualified his BMW 320i on pole position, and at the word go he made the perfect getaway to lead from Jason Watt, Henrik Lundgaard, Henrik Larsen and Michael Carlsen. Exiting the second corner Larsen, however, moved over onto Carlsen's path, and the two touched, sending the former into the gravel trap and out of the race.

While Elgaard at the front had already opened up a small cushion to Watt, the Peugeot driver was under heavy pressure from Lundgaard. At the beginning of the third lap the 2000 European Rally Champion tried to make a move on Watt, but as he was slow on the exit of the first corner, both Carlsen and John Nielsen nipped by. This duo then started battling for third position, on lap six Nielsen got by, but having touched Carlsen in the process he was given a drive through penalty and lost any chance in this race.

Having been disqualified from the timed practice due to a technical infringement, Edman had to start race one from the rear of the grid, where he was joined by Kurt Thiim, who had been racing in the V8 Star race at Nürburgring. Within two laps Thiim was up into 15th position, and from then on he made several thrilling passing moves, eventually taking fifth place right behind team mate Lundgaard.

Edman, however, had mainly concentrated on setting a fast lap time for a grid position, and thus the Swede lined up on pole position for race two with Thiim alongside him. Both made excellent starts to hold their positions, while Casper Elgaard soon lost third to John Nielsen, and then fourth to Jason Watt. At the front Thiim was really putting pressure on Edman, and during the first half of the race no more than 0.5-0.6s separated the pair. But then Thiim's Toyota started to develop an imbalance in the slower corners, and this gave Edman the possibility to extend his lead, which was 1.8s at the chequered flag.

While John Nielsen had a lonely race in third, fourth place was more closely fought. Elgaard wanted to reclaim the lost position from Watt, and the spectators got a deja-vu of their 2001 battle. Sadly, it ended with the pair touching at the hairpin, which cost Watt a trip onto the grass and Elgaard a drive through penalty. Thus instead Michael Carlsen could take fourth place in front of Jason Watt, who was having great difficulties in holding back Pierre Legarth's BMW 320i towards the end of the race.

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Series General
Drivers Jan Magnussen , Henrik Lundgaard , John Nielsen , Jason Watt , Casper Elgaard , Jens Edman , Kurt Thiim