Magnussen fights back to win in Danish Touring Cars Two drivers fought back in the fifth round of the Danish Touringcar Championship, claiming the wins in the three races, which were held at Jyllandsringen om August 23rd. ...
Magnussen fights back to win in Danish Touring Cars
Two drivers fought back in the fifth round of the Danish Touringcar Championship, claiming the wins in the three races, which were held at Jyllandsringen om August 23rd.
In his first race weekend for almost two months Le Mans LMP2 winner Casper Elgaard managed to grab pole position in his Seat Leon, and he also managed to exchange the top starting position for his first race win in the national series for more than two years. Michel Nykjær claimed a safe second place, while James Thompson riding with 60 kilos of ballast due to his latest success in the series could not keep Jan Magnussen and Jason Watt at bay, dropping from third to fifth in the process.
Eighth place in the first race went to James Thompson's team mate Per Poulsen, who duly should start the second race from pole position, and the privateer Honda driver managed to control the initial stages of the race from Henrik Lundgaard, who could pull away from James Thompson.
The man on the move, however, was Jan Magnussen. From sixth on the grid he started to pass the drivers ahead of him one by one. On lap four he managed to pass James Thompson for third and he now set his sights on Henrik Lundgaard, whom he had caught up with two laps later. He out-braked the Chevrolet at the end of the straight at the start of lap seven, and now only Per Poulsen was ahead by 1.6 seconds. But Jan Magnussen managed to also close this gap, so with three laps to go, Per Poulsen and Jan Magnussen ran virtually nose to tail.
Jan Magnussen tried a couple of overtaking attempts, but Per Poulsen would have none of it. However, midway through the final lap, Jan Magnussen got his BMW on the inside of Per Poulsen entering a lefthander and after the pair had run virtually side by side for 100 metres, he took the lead and won the race.
The result helped hand pole position for the third and final race to Jan Magnussen, while fifth place in the second race helped Casper Elgaard to the outside spot on the front row. However, a minor collision between James Thompson and Casper Elgaard slowed the latter marginally, allowing Michel Nykjær to catch up. Casper Elgaard and Michel Nykjær dived into a lefthander after a minor straight virtually side by side, but in the end they tangled with Casper Elgaard ramming a marshal post heavily, sending out the safety car.
At the restart Jan Magnussen was leading from James Thompson, but the Brit's heavy Honda could not withstand the pressure from Michel Nykjær, who claimed second place midway through the race. Towards the end of the race Jason Watt had moved by Henrik Lundgaard to hold fourth place, but he also reeled in James Thompson and outbraked him for third.
James Thompson still leads the championship, but due to commitments in the Australian V8 Series he won't be able to race in the two remaining rounds of the series.
Kristian Poulsen made a return to the Danish Touringcar Championship, but was unlucky to tangle with Per Poulsen (no relation) in the first race and he had to retire. The WTCC regular therefore spent the rest of the afternoon driving his way back through the field, finishing the two remaining races in tenth and eighth positions respectively. Kristian Poulsen's younger brother, Roland Poulsen, made his DTC debut and ended up with 12th place in the third race as his best result.