Brand new circuit on 2003 DTC calendar. The Danish Touringcar Championship will open Denmark's new cuircuit. Since 1968 Danish motor racing has been restricted to just two circuits, Jyllands-Ringen and Ring Djursland. But this winter the ...
Brand new circuit on 2003 DTC calendar.
The Danish Touringcar Championship will open Denmark's new cuircuit.
Since 1968 Danish motor racing has been restricted to just two circuits, Jyllands-Ringen and Ring Djursland. But this winter the construction of a new permanent circuit, Padborg Park, has begun in the southern part of the Jutland peninsula, a few miles north of the German border, and when the first race meeting will be held on June 22nd, a round of the Danish Touringcar Championship will spearhead the event.
Padborg Park is being built on an area right next to the regional aerofield with a local motocross circuit as its next neighbour. The circuit will have a length of 2,100 metres, and its 36,000 square metres of tarmac has been layouted with two main straights, which at each end are connected with some interesting combinations of curves and corners.
"We had to work within the framework of the physical area that we have access to," Jens Enemark explains. The sometime DTC driver has been responsible for the work at the drawing board, while he is partnered by Henrik Jansen in the whole project.
"The circuit layout had to be popular with spectators and drivers as well, and in order to achieve that, we had to have some straights, which create the foundation for overtaking possibilities with sharp corners and long curves that are demanding. I've found much inspiration in the layout of Ring Knutstorp in Sweden, which also has a limited area but is very demanding. When I had made the first layout, I asked Jan Magnussen to comment on it. He found that it was vital that we added a chicane to one of the straights so that the terminal speed wouldn't be too high, and for the same reason we also shortened the straight in order to make the gravel pit bigger."
Padborg Park is not the first circuit to be constructed in the vicinity of an airfield, but it differs from the majority of circuits worldwide in being run in an anti-clockwise direction, something which was chosen out of both security and specator perspectives.
"As the spectators will be situated alongside the main straight, we need to have the brake duels there," Jens Enemark explains. "The races will start on the main straight some 230 metres from the hairpin, where we will see many overtaking manouvres, and as we have chosen to have the finishing line after the hairpin, we hope to have many race-deciding passes on the final lap."
On weekdays Padborg Park will be used for tests and ordinary driving courses. The pit will be 180 metres long and have space for 34 cars during practices and races, while right behind the pit the paddock for the Danish Touringcar Championship teams will be found along. Weekday activities can take place without interfering with the airfield activities, but on race weekends the runway will be used, as both temporary grandstands will be erected for spectators, while the distant part of the runway will be used as paddock for secondary classes.
Padborg Park will stage a total of four race meetings in 2003, the last of these will be the DTC shoot-out on October 5th. This race will take place one week after the championship final at Jyllands-Ringen and will give the teams the possibility of trying new drivers, while the race itself will feature a reverse-grid format.