Jens Edman chose the right strategy at Padborg Park; a quick shower played havoc with several drivers during Saturday's qualifying. It was a question of choosing the right strategy, when qualifying for round four of the Danish Touringcar ...
Jens Edman chose the right strategy at Padborg Park; a quick shower played havoc with several drivers during Saturday's qualifying.
It was a question of choosing the right strategy, when qualifying for round four of the Danish Touringcar Championship took place at the country's brand-new circuit, Padborg Park. 20 minutes were available to qualify for Sunday's Super Pole session, but less than a third of the session had been run, when a quick shower suddenly made it look like being impossibile to set further quick laps.
"We saw that rain was coming, so there was really no idea in waiting to go out, so we tried to set our times as soon as possible," Jens Edman explained. The Swedish 307 driver quickly established himself at the top of the time sheet, and there he remained for the rest of the session.
"My quick lap was actually so fast that there was no idea in venturing out later on, so I saved my tyres for tomorrow, because we still have the Super Pole session to go through."
Team mates Jan Magnussen and Jason Watt recorded second and sixth fastest times, but few had thought that the Peugeot drivers would be so competitive at the new circuit.
"All the other teams tested here on Thursday, and we really believed that life would have been more difficult for us," Jens Edman confesses. "But Padborg Park is a circuit, which suits both the Peugeot and me really well, and then I didn't have any problems with my car. I certainly hope that the car will run trouble-free for the rest of the weekend, because that has been my great problem so far in the series."
One of the drivers who had been mentioned as pre-race favourite at Padborg Park was Le Mans driver Casper Elgaard. The BMW driver has won two out three finals so far this year, and he was among the fastest drivers in Thursday's test. But for most of today's session he only held 14th position -- and was thus outside the Super Pole session -- but with two minutes to go he recorded third best lap time.
"We simply made the wrong strategy," Casper Elgaard explained after the session. "Usually we stay in the pit, because of the heavy traffic of the opening laps, but when we went out on the circuit, we only managed a single lap, before the rain came. But luckily at the end I managed to qualify for the Super Pole session, even though I had to pay with using my tyres a little bit to much. The track was still slippery, so you had to be careful, but I stayed out and kept the temperature up in the tyres, and when I felt that the right grip was there, I went for a time."
In the dying minutes of qualifying a number of drivers were dumped from the Super Pole session. One of those was former double champion Michael Carlsen, who missed the cut by just 0.02 seconds.
"I didn't hit the right set-up, and I haven't done so many test laps here before, so really it was a question of finding the right line, and sadly I didn't succeed in doing that," the Peugeot 307 driver said.