Andersen and FC Midtjylland claim Jyllands Ringen lap record 26/08/2009 - FC Midtjylland's Kasper Andersen smashed the Jyllands Ringen lap record on Sunday after a successful demonstration run in his Superleague Formula by Sonangol car. Feat...
Andersen and FC Midtjylland claim Jyllands Ringen lap record
26/08/2009 - FC Midtjylland's Kasper Andersen smashed the Jyllands Ringen lap record on Sunday after a successful demonstration run in his Superleague Formula by Sonangol car.
Feat Despite the extremely tight and twisty layout, not mention the pressure of being watched by Danish royalty, Andersen was able to lap the 1.429 mile venue in 1m04.10s to beat the previous best mark by nearly two seconds.
“It was a great feeling driving the car there as it's very tight compared to some of the other circuits around Europe, “ said Andersen. “It's a great venue for the touring cars but too small really for a 750bhp Superleague Formula single seater! There are a lot of slow corners and for most of the lap I was only as high as third gear so it was a strange feeling compared to racing on the bigger circuits.
"Last time I drove here was in 2004 in Formula Renault, a smaller car which suits the Jyllands Ringen better. It would certainly be impossible to hold a Superleague Formula race here. The crowd went completely nuts though! It was absolutely fantastic. I drove just after the second Danish Touring Car Championship heat which had 20 cars. Then I came out and made four times the noise with just one!"
Prince Joachim, second in line to the Danish throne and an historic racing driver in his own right, was present to watch the successful record attempt. He, just like the 15,000-strong crowd, was said to be impressed by the car's sound and speed.
The Jyllands Ringen, Denmark's most famous race track, is situated just 40km from FC Midtjylland's home ground in Herning where the car had been displayed prior to the club's Danish Superliga home fixture against FC Copenhagen on Saturday.
There was also time on Friday for the car to be displayed in the centre of Andersen's home town, Silkeborg, where locals sampled the screaming sound of a Superleague Formula V12 engine up close.
"Everyone was amazed," said FC Midtjylland's Brand Manager Torben K0x00f8lb0x00e6k. "A lot of people had heard about it in the paper and thought 'it's just a car'. But when they saw it in Silkeborg and at the stadium, especially when they heard it, they discovered that it was something a bit special. In fact, there were nearly 10,000 fans in the stadium who gave Kasper a standing ovation after he'd revved the engine!"
The next round of Superleague Formula by Sonangol takes place at Estoril, Portugal on 5-6 September.