Magnussen attack halted by broken gearbox Toyota driver took the major DTC win following a troublesome weekend Following a dismal qualifying session where Henrik Lundgaard for the first time ever failed to get into the Super Pole session, the ...
Magnussen attack halted by broken gearbox
Toyota driver took the major DTC win following a troublesome weekend
Following a dismal qualifying session where Henrik Lundgaard for the first time ever failed to get into the Super Pole session, the Toyota driver won a well judged final in round two of the Danish Touringcar Championship at Mantorp Park.
"I was ready to pack up and head home on Saturday night. We have been doing well during pre-race testing at the circuit, but our basic set-up simply didn't work. But today everything went well," a jubilant Henrik Lundgaard said afterwards.
The pre-final was a Peugeot affair. Home man Jens Edman took the lead from team mate Jan Magnussen, while BMW driver Casper Elgaard made a perfect start to jump from fifth on the grid to third, passing Honda driver Martin Jensen and reigning champion Jason Watt in the process. The latter driver had a disaster of an opening lap, also being passed by John Nielsen and Pontus Mörth.
At the front Magnussen put the pressure on Edman, and mid-way through the race passed him at the end of the straight. However, the Swede did not hold onto second place very long, soon dropping back and retiring with a seized wheel bearing. On the very same lap Jason Watt also got into trouble, running over a curb and completely destroying his front splitter.
Second place in the pre-final thus went to Casper Elgaard in front of Martin Jensen and John Nielsen, while the Toyota pair of Jakob Sund and Henrik Lundgaard claimed fifth and sixth. The latter driver had only qualified 11th, but a steady drive through the field saw him move up into sixth place at the chequered flag, which transformed into pole position for the final, as the top six of the grid is reversed.
In the final the Toyota driver made a perfect get-away to lead from the Team Essex Invest pair of Casper Elgaard and John Nielsen. Behind all hell broke loose, as Carsten Leveau and Michael Carlsen tangled, sending out the safety car in the process. The pre-final winner was stuck in fifth place behind Jakob Sund, but soon moved past the latter, when the race was re-started. Soon he also moved by Nielsen and Elgaard, and then he started attacking the leading Lundgaard.
"I decided to go for an attack at the end of the straight, when my gearbox broke," the unlucky Peugeot driver explained. "One moment it went into neutral, another it shifted straight from second to fourth, which was really irritating. Championship-wise I couldn't have wished for a better situation with my lead, but man would I have liked to win here."
While Magnussen had to drop back a bit, some of his team collegues were on the go. Edman and Watt moved swiftly up through the field, but having reached fifth and eight respectively they both got into trouble. Watt had over-driven his tyres and had to fall back a bit, while Edman suddenly dropped out with engine troubles.