Magnussen takes series lead with win

Magnussen takes series lead with win

19.08.2008: Magnussen takes series lead with win

Danish Touringcar Championship:

James Thompson involved in controversial collision with Jason Watt

BMW driver Jan Magnussen moved into the lead of the Danish Touringcar Championship, when he was virtually unchallenged in this season’s fifth round of the series at FDM Jyllandsringen. Winning the first heat, he subsequently climbed from eighth to fourth place in the second heat, and duly secured pole position for the final, which he also won.

Battle for the top positions in the final. Jan Magnussen (23) leads the field with Michel Nykjær and Peter Ager battling for second position (photographer Birger Vilén).

However, the former Grand Prix driver was not the fastest driver on the circuit, when the racing started. That was Tom Pedersen who was initially pressing Jan Magnussen, but then was sent into a spin and way down the field, when Michel Nykjær tried a passing attempt on him.

The reigning Danish and European Championship had to go through the penalty lane as a consequence, but as he was having his most competitive race meeting since his switch from a Seat Leon to a BMW 320si E90, he was soon on the tail of new second place man Henrik Lundgaard, whom he passed.

Tom Pedersen was not the only front runner who had his chances of a top result ruined by a collision.

On the opening lap Martin Jensen lost fifth position when he clashed with Jason Watt, the latter being penalized for that. But when Jason Watt had gone through the mandatory penalty line, which is situated on the outside of a hairpin, he tangled with James Thompson, who was taking the racing line at the very point, where the penalty lane rejoins the normal racing line.

"Initially, I thought it was a 50/50 situation, but having seen it on TV, I have changed my mind," the Brit says. "It was Jason Watt that had been penalized for something he had done, so he should back off, and secondly he hit my right rear wheel, so I was clearly ahead."

"I was keeping my car as close to the edge of the circuit as possible, but still Thompson just turned over," Jason Watt replied. "I was allowed to race, because there is no full stop sign at the end of the penalty lane."

Even before the incident James Thompson had been second best Honda Accord driver, as teammate Jens Møller had his best weekend for long, qualifying fifth and eventually taking third from Henrik Lundgaard in a do or die move a few laps from the chequered flag.

In the first heat Michael Outzen had moved his way up from 11th to finish 8th, thus claiming pole position for the second race, where his Chevrolet Lacetti pulled away to take an easy win from privateer Peter Ager, who finished a surprising second in this race that saw the three BMW drivers Michel Nykjær, Jan Magnussen and Tom Pedersen charge up the field.

Jan Magnussen and Michel Nykjær thus started the final from the first row, but on the rolling start Peter Ager in third stuck to the tail of Jan Magnussens bumper, thus forcing Michel Nykjær down into third place. The reigning champion then suffered a gearbox problem that suddenly slowed him and made fourth place man Jens Møller drive into him and ruining the latter driver’s otherwise fine weekend.

All this allowed Jan Magnussen and Peter Ager to pull away, while Michael Outzen was holding third place from a charging Jason Watt, who had a single passing attempt, but could not get by. Then midway through the final Tom Pedersen misjudged a passing attempt on Robert Schlünssen, sending the latter into the stranded car of Kristian Poulsen and bringing out the safety car. This episode also made the circuit dirty and thus Michael Outzen was able to close the gap to Peter Ager and grab second place on the last lap. Third overall was still the career best result for Peter Ager, who took the privateer spoils in front of Jens Edman and former champion Michael Carlsen, the latter getting his best race result for three years.

At the end of the day Jan Magnussen and Michael Outzen thus had moved to first and second respectively in the standings, whereas the two other drivers in the championship quartet, Tom Pedersen and Henrik Lundgaard had moved in the other direction, the latter as a result of a broken suspension in race two.

The race meeting, however, was marred by a practice accident on Friday afternoon in one of the support classes, where Dane Jens Hansen lost control of his Porsche, hit a tyre barrier and died from the injuries he had sustained.

Former champion Michael Carlsen had his best race result for three years (photographer Birger Vilén).

Result of race 1:

1. Jan Magnussen England BMW 320si E90 14:39,706

2. Michel Nykjær Tappernøje BMW 320si E90 14:41,210

3. Jens Møller Ikast Honda Accord Euro-R 14:45,607

4. Henrik Lundgaard Hedensted Chevrolet Lacetti 14:46,229

5. Robert Schlünssen Tyskland Peugeot 407 14:48,834

6. Peter Ager Esbjerg BMW 320si E90 14:49,110

7. Jens Edman Sverige Peugeot 407 14:50,281

8. Michael Outzen Ringe Chevrolet Lacetti 14:51,953

9. Kasper Jensen Aalborg BMW 320si E90 14:52,981

10. Tom Pedersen Christiansfeld BMW 320si E90 14:54,322

Result of race 2:

1. Michael Outzen Ringe Chevrolet Lacetti 14:38,952

2. Peter Ager Esbjerg BMW 320si E90 14:41,549

3. Michel Nykjær Tappernøje BMW 320si E90 14:43,328

4. Jan Magnussen England BMW 320si E90 14:44,075

5. Tom Pedersen Christiansfeld BMW 320si E90 14:44,649

6. Jason Watt Herlev Seat Leon 14:45,298

7. Jens Edman Sverige Peugeot 407 14:48,777

8. Kristian Poulsen Padborg BMW 320si E90 14:50,091

9. Jens Møller Ikast Honda Accord Euro-R 14:51,052

10. Kasper Jensen Aalborg BMW 320si E90 14:51,403

Result of race 3:

1. Jan Magnussen England BMW 320si E90 16:12,988

2. Michael Outzen Ringe Chevrolet Lacetti 16:14,809

3. Peter Ager Esbjerg BMW 320si E90 16:15,589

4. Jens Edman Sverige Peugeot 407 16:16,243

5. Jason Watt Herlev Seat Leon 16:17,087

6. Michael Carlsen Vissenbjerg Peugeot 407 16:18,092

7. James Thompson England Honda Accord Euro-R 16:18,428

8. Henrik Lundgaard Hedensted Chevrolet Lacetti 16:19,213

9. Kasper Jensen Aalborg BMW 320si E90 16:19,462

10. Jesper Sylvest Jægerspris BMW 320si E90 16:26,571

Henrik Lundgaard, Jan Magnussen and Peter Ager on the podium (photographer Birger Vilén).

 

Championship positions - drivers:

1. Jan Magnussen England BMW 320si E90 200

2. Michael Outzen Ringe Chevrolet Lacetti 191

3. Henrik Lundgaard Hedensted Chevrolet Lacetti 175

Tom Pedersen Christiansfeld BMW 320si E90 175

5. Michel Nykjær Tappernøje BMW 320si E90 147

6. Robert Schlünssen Tyskland Peugeot 407 129

7. Jason Watt Herlev Seat Leon 127

8. James Thompson England Honda Accord Euro-R 121

9. Jens Edman Sverige Peugeot 407 116

10. Kasper Jensen Aalborg BMW 320si E90 88

11. Martin Jensen Albertslund BMW 320si E90 72

12. Jens Møller Ikast Honda Accord Euro-R 68

Kristian Poulsen Padborg BMW 320si E90 68

14. Peter Ager Esbjerg BMW 320si E90 62

15. Michael Carlsen Vissenbjerg Peugeot 407 46

16. Emmet O'Brien Irland BMW 320si E90 45

17. Gunnar Kristensen Klampenborg Seat Leon 28

18. Kim Lund Silkeborg Seat Leon 24

19. Jesper Sylvest Jægerspris BMW 320si E90 23

20. Joachim Stephansen Sønder Omme BMW 320i E46 19

21. Carsten Leveau København Seat Leon 16

22. Petter Granlund Norge Peugeot 407 11

23. Klaus Madsen Vallensbæk Seat Leon 6

24. Jakob Ludvigsen Århus BMW 320si E90 3

Ronnie Bremer USA Mercedes C200 3

26. Brian Mikkelsen Vejle Seat Toledo 1

Championship positions - privateers:

1. Jens Edman Sverige Peugeot 407 216

2. Robert Schlünssen Tyskland Peugeot 407 207

3. Kasper Jensen Aalborg BMW 320si E90 173

4. Jens Møller Ikast Honda Accord Euro-R 158

5. Kristian Poulsen Padborg BMW 320si E90 148

6. Peter Ager Esbjerg BMW 320si E90 142

7. Michael Carlsen Vissenbjerg Peugeot 407 129

8. Jesper Sylvest Jægerspris BMW 320si E90 112

9. Petter Granlund Norge Peugeot 407 94

10. Kim Lund Silkeborg Seat Leon 85

11. Joachim Stephansen Sønder Omme BMW 320i E46 84

12. Gunnar Kristensen Klampenborg Seat Leon 83

13. Carsten Leveau København Seat Leon 48

14. Klaus Madsen Vallensbæk Seat Leon 32

15. Brian Mikkelsen Vejle Seat Toledo 22

16. Jakob Ludvigsen Århus BMW 320si E90 17

17. Camilla Stephansen Horsens Seat Toledo 10

18. Ronni Jensen Næstved Peugeot 407 7

19. Leon Sørensen Hjørring Peugeot 307 2

Championship positions - teams:

1. Chevrolet Motorsport Danmark 361

2. Team Den Blå Avis Valvoline 275

3. Team Telesikring Racing 235

4. Poulsen Motorsport II 192

5. Hartmann Honda Racing 189

6. Team Peugeot Køge Sport 129

7. Team Bygma Jason Watt Racing 127

8. Team Go Racing 116

9. JM Racing 107

10. Poulsen Motorsport 91

11. Team Sturup Raceway 50

12. Carlsen Motorsport 39

13. Team Lund Racing 24

14. Autoforum Racing Team Silkeborg 11

15. KP Racing 3

16. Team Tyrstrup Kro 1

 

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- Morten Alstrup-  photos Borger Vilen

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19.08.2008 / MaP

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