DTC: Norwegian to race in Danish touring car series

Renault Motorsport Danmark tested a trio of Norwegian racers at Djursland The Danish Touringcar Championship will be more international for the coming season, which will see at least one non-domestic driver to compete in the national series. This...

Renault Motorsport Danmark tested a trio of Norwegian racers at Djursland The Danish Touringcar Championship will be more international for the coming season, which will see at least one non-domestic driver to compete in the national series. This is the comclusion following a test session at Denmark's Ring Djursland, which was performed by Renault Motorsport Danmark, who was the first DTC team to be active following the winter break.

"There will definitively be one Norwegian in the Renault team this year," team owner Søren Fjordbak from High Class Racing concluded following the test. High Class Racing is responsible for Renault Motorsport Danmark's two DTC Megane estates this year, as well as having a long pedigre in European Renault-based racing series over the last couple of years.

"Today, we have tested Tommy Rustad, Thomas Nielsen and Thomas Saahre in the Megane estate that former Formula 3000 driver Kristian Kolby used in last year's DTC series, and the test went very well. It will be among this trio of drivers that we will select one of the drivers of the two cars. Next week we hope to test further drivers, among them Grand Prix winner Klaus Madsen, so that we will have our driver set-up finalized within a fortnight."

All three Norwegians have fellow countryman Harald Hedum as manager, and along with Renault Norway he was instrumental in giving the trio the test today in Denmark. Among the three Tommy Rustad is the most experienced driver, having won the Independent title in the 1988 Auto Trader British Touring Car Championship, as well as being the reigning champion of the Swedish Touring Car Championship. Thomas Nielsen brings experience from domestic racing in Norway, while Thomas Saahre is a new, young talent.

Beside testing potential drivers for the coming season Renault Motorsport Danmark also used the test at Ring Djursland to try out different modifications to the car that managed to complete 92 laps of the circuit. In comparision to last year's vehicle, which was driven by Casper Elgaard and Kristian Kolby, the Megane now features a modified bodyshell, while the suspension set-up has also been modified. The yellow Renault has been lowered with more camber, and thus it was decided to run the car with last year's engine in order to gauge the modifications.

"The test went very well, and everything looks promising for the coming season," team manager Ole Ingemann said after the test.

"The weather today was not ideal for setting new lap records, but our Renault Megane has never been lapping Ring Djursland as quickly as it did today, so it is looking very good."

-Morten Alstrup

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Series General
Drivers Casper Elgaard , Kristian Kolby , Tommy Rustad