DTC: Pierre Legarth won appeal

The outcome of the 2000 Danish Touringcar Challenge is now final, following a ruling from Dansk Automobil Sports Union's Court of Appeal in a saga, which began at last year's championship finals at Jyllands-Ringen back in October. The ruling has...

The outcome of the 2000 Danish Touringcar Challenge is now final, following a ruling from Dansk Automobil Sports Union's Court of Appeal in a saga, which began at last year's championship finals at Jyllands-Ringen back in October. The ruling has not changed the overall outcome of the series, which was won by Peugeot's Michael Carlsen from McDonald's-Nissan driver John Nielsen and Volkswagen man Michael Schroter. However, it moves Pierre Legarth to fourth place overall, as the Court of Appeal ruled in his favour.

"I'm glad about the decision, which shows that you cannot bend rules in the direction that you want," Legarth said of the outcome.

The saga started on the final lap of the 2000 season, when Pierre Legarth and John Nielsen collided. After the race, Nielsen was given a 25 second penalty for having passed Legarth under yellows, and Nielsen also lodged a protest against Legarth, who subsequently was given an identical fine for having caused the collision.

Legarth took the case to the Court of of Appeal, who have now decided to annul his time penalty on the ground that the stewards of the meeting had allowed John Nielsen to protest following the expiration of the official time limit, as John Nielsen was taking part in an endurance race, which had started immediately following the DTC final.

Even though the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of Pierre Legarth, it also slapped his hands for having delayed the case.

"It is the aim of the Court of Appeal to get these cases settled as fast as possible," Court Chairmand Bent Mikkelsen said. He had waited in vain to receive a number of documents from Legarth, and eventually had to fix a date for the hearing.

"I got a reprimand, and as it should not have taken such a long time, I have to accept it," Legarth said afterwards.

With the ruling the overall standings of the 2000 Danish Touringcar Challenge is know final. Whereas the top 3 has been unchanged, there have been some changes lower down the order, which was also a consequence of Team Brask driver Klaus Madsen loosing all his points from the final race, where he was racing under appeal - an appeal that he lost.

<pre> Final championship positions - drivers Pos. Driver/Team/Car Pts. 1. Michael Carlsen, Michael Carlsen Motorsport, Peugeot 306 GTI 140.0 2. John Nielsen, McDonald's Nissan Racing, Nissan Primera 124.5 3. Michael Schroter, Michael Schroter, VW Golf GTI 114.0 4. Pierre Legarth, Peugeot Sport Team, Peugeot 406 Coupe 100.5 5. Jesper Sylvest, Sylvest Motorsport, Citroën Xsara Coupe VTS 98.5 6. Thorkild Thyrring, McDonald's Nissan Racing, Nissan Primera 63.0 7. Jason Watt, Peugeot Sport Team, Peugeot 306 GTI 60.0 Klaus Madsen, Team Brask Racing, Peugeot 306 GTI 60.0 9. Mike Legarth, Legarth Racing, BMW 320i 41.5 10. Casper Elgaard, Renault Motorsport Danmark, Renault Megane St.car 25.0 Carsten Leveau, Team Brask Racing, Peugeot 306 GTI 25.0 12. Peter Rasmussen, VHA Trim Racing, Fiat Coupe 23.5 13. Kristian Kolby, Renault Motorsport Danmark, Renault Megane St. Car 18.0 14. Brian Mikkelsen, Hyundai Motorsport, Hyundai Coupe 15.0 15. Johnny V. Nielsen, J.V. Nielsen Racing, Peugeot 306 GTI 11.0 16. Gunnar Kristensen, Team Brask Racing, Peugeot 306 GTI 9.5 17. Jørgen Weinreich, Valvoline Racing, Seat Cordoba 2,0 16V 9.0 Jørgen Poulsen, S40 Racing, Volvo S40 9.0 19. Kurt Thiim, Team Hohenester, Volkswagen Beetle 8.5 20. Allan Bjerregaard, Allan Bjerregaard, Ford Focus 5.0 Jens Andersen, S40 Racing, Volvo S40 5.0 22. Jesper Villumsen, www.teamfokus.dk, Ford Focus 2.5 23. Kent Bo Steffensen, S40 Racing, Volvo S40 1.0

Final championship positions - makes: Pos. Manufacturer Points 1. Peugeot 212.0 2. Nissan 149.0 3. Volkswagen 118.0 4. Citroën 98.5 5. BMW 41.5 6. Renault 38.5 7. Fiat 23.5 8. Hyundai 15.0 9. Volvo 14.0 10. Seat 9.0 11. Ford 7.0

-Morten Alstrup

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Series General
Drivers John Nielsen , Jason Watt , Casper Elgaard , Thorkild Thyrring , Gunnar Kristensen , Kurt Thiim , Kristian Kolby
Teams Citroën World Rally Team , Hyundai Motorsport