Magnussen claims win -- Pedersen takes points lead James Thompson finishes fifth in his second Danish outing Jan Magnussen was the winner of the third round of the Danish Touringcar Championship which was held at FDM Jyllandsringen on June...
Magnussen claims win -- Pedersen takes points lead
James Thompson finishes fifth in his second Danish outing
Jan Magnussen was the winner of the third round of the Danish Touringcar Championship which was held at FDM Jyllandsringen on June 8th. In his BMW 320si E90 he won the first of the two qualification heats, before taking in the win in the final. However, the second qualification heat was more difficult for the former Le Mans class winner, as it was difficult for him to make up places due to the reversed grid.
In the first heat Jan Magnussen had a comfortable lead to the Chevrolet Lacetti of Henrik Lundgaard, while James Thompson and Tom Pedersen were having a tough battle over third, the position eventually going to the British Honda driver.
In the second heat the top eight reverse their starting positions and thus Jason Watt led away from Tom Pedersen, who had made a good start to take second in front of Robert Schlunssen and Martin Jensen. However, on lap three Jason Watt braked a little bit too late, which gave Tom Pedersen the opportunity to pass him and quickly build up a lead of almost three seconds. It didn't last long for Robert Schlunssen to pass through as well, but then the 2002 champion started to defend his position.
First it was Martin Jensen who tried to get past, but couldn't and eventually also lost fourth place to Henrik Lundgaard. But then Jan Magnussen arrived on the scene again. At the start he had lost one position to hold ninth, but had since then progressed to take fourth with four laps to go. But no matter what he did, he couldn't find the gap to move by Jason Watt.
"I simply couldn't find a way around him. I was faster, but he managed to shut the door nicely in the places where I could pass him," Jan Magnussen said.
"It was a pleasure to drive side by side with Jan Magnussen, as we respect each other," Jason Watt said. "He got halfway alongside me and I left a gap of a metre and a half, as I knew he couldn't get past me."
Jan Magnussen and Tom Pedersen lined up alongside each other on the front row of the grid for the final, but whereas Jan Magnussen managed to maintain his position, Tom Pedersen had to let Henrik Lundgaard slip by. Later on Tom Pedersen couldn't catch him although the circuit of FDM Jyllandsringen usually isn't a favourite among drivers of front wheel drive cars, as these cars usually have a high tyre wear.
"It is positive that we have been able to keep the speed over the distance at this circuit in a front wheel drive car. Actually we could maintain our speed, although we were not as fast as Jan was, but still we were only two or three seconds after Jan and without the lap times falling off towards the end. I haven't been able to do that with a FWD car here before," Henrik Lundgaard said.
"Things went as good as we had hoped for," Jan Magnussen said after his win in the final. "But when I look back, it would have been nice with more points in race two."
Robert Schlunssen claimed fourth ahead of James Thompson, who was almost punted off the road on the last lap by Martin Jensen.
"It has been an enjoyable weekend," the Brit said. "The races were good and we were more competitive with the Honda than at our last visit here, even though we didn't score as many points."
At the end of the day Tom Pedersen took over the series lead, and thus the Danish Touringcar Championship has got its third points leader in three DTC weekends.