Magnussen extends championship lead DTC's second Swedish weekend gave wins for Jens Edman and John Nielsen With two second places at Ring Knutstorp former Formula One driver Jan Magnussen extended his lead in the Danish Touringcar...
Magnussen extends championship lead
DTC's second Swedish weekend gave wins for Jens Edman and John Nielsen
With two second places at Ring Knutstorp former Formula One driver Jan Magnussen extended his lead in the Danish Touringcar Championship from 11 to 30 points, as main rival Casper Elgaard had to retire early during the second race with a broken rear suspension.
Local boy Jens Edman was on pole for the first heat with Jan Magnussen alongside and Jason Watt on the second row, and this Peugeot trio romped away into the lead, a small gap soon separating Magnussen from Watt in third. Casper Elgaard held fourth from Kurt Thiim, Martin Jensen and John Nielsen, who swopped places on the third lap, while Casper Elgaard really put the pressure on Jason Watt. The pair was running very close in third and fourth places, and following a few contacts, Casper Elgaard succeeded in getting past into third.
Behind them John Nielsen was battling with his old F3 adversary Kurt Thiim, who was having a very competitive race in the brand-new Renault Megane. On lap six John Nielsen outbrake Kurt Thiim, and now set his sights on Jason Watt, whom he also passed, when the Peugeot driver made a minor error dropping into fifth at the finish a few metres in from of Martin Jensen.
With the top six positions of the first heat turned upside down for the second heat, Martin Jensen found himself on pole position for the second meeting running, the Honda driver making a good getaway to take the lead from John Nielsen, Casper Elgaard, Jason Watt, Jan Magnussen and Jens Edman. Soon Martin Jensen and John Nielsen started pulling away, while Jason Watt started putting pressure on Casper Elgaard, moving by him to take third place. Just one lap later Casper Elgaard's BMW went spinning out of the race with a broken rear suspension.
Jason Watt now had Jan Magnussen and Jens Edman on his rear bumper, and as the three works Peugeot circulated in close company, it was evident that the reigning champion was the slower of the trio, and within a couple of laps, he also wisely moved over. Immediately Jan Magnussen opened up a cushion to Jens Edman, who had overworked his tyres, but the championship leader was not in a position to close the gap to Martin Jensen and John Nielsen at the front.
The BMW driver tried every trick in the books to find a way past Martin Jensen, and just as it seemed impossible, a gap opened, which John Nielsen dived into, taking the lead. Martin Jensen, however, now was experiencing problems with his gearbox, and on the following lap he also had to let Jan Magnussen by.
Other facts: Next round of the Danish Touringcar Championship will take place on Ring Djursland on August 10th. * John Nielsen had his best day for years. Sunday's race win was his first for nearly two years, and on top of his personal success, his DBA04-Zytek LMP675 also won the FIA Sports Racing Car Championship race at Oschersleben. * Both races for the supporting Formula Renault class were won by Team FormulaSport driver Tom Pedersen, who is also leading the championship, having won six of the ten races so far. Although Team Århus Racing driver Jesper Wullf Laursen was runner-up in both races, he was only a distance challenger for the