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Chevrolet dominated Padborg Park DTC round

Chevrolet dominated Padborg Park DTC round

24.09.2007: Chevrolet dominated Padborg Park DTC round

September 23rd 2007 – Danish Touringcar Championship:

Three drivers now have a chance of becoming Danish Touringcar Champion

Pontus Mörth was Sunday’s fastest driver at Padborg Park. Here he leads Michel Nykjær in the final

Chevrolet made a clean sweep at the seventh and penultimate round of the Danish Touringcar Championship at Padborg Park. Sweden’s Pontus Mörth started by winning the first of the two qualification heats with team mate Henrik Lundgaard clinching the other, and subsequently the Swede went on to take his as well as Chevrolet’s first ever win in a DTC final.

"I have been fighting for this for many years, and this year I have been doing well twice at this circuit, and it was just wonderful to finally win a DTC final. It was also nice to see that other cars than BMWs and Seats can win in the series," the jubilant winner said.

"The car worked well, and we have been very fast at Padborg Park, but until now we have not managed to get all things right. Previously we have not been perfect in the qualifying sessions, while others things have meant that we have finished further down the field. But this time everything just worked. It was a bit like the ketchup effect, where nothing has worked, and now it did."

In the first qualification heat Pontus Mörth took the lead from Seat Leon driver Michel Nykjær and top BMW privateer Michael Outzen, but neither seemed interested in pushing the Chevrolet driver, as they both were intent on scoring valuable points rather than battle for a possible win. Especially championship leader Michel Nykjær wanted to play things safe, as title rivals Jan Magnussen was suffering from a car with lots of success ballast while John Nielsen’s Team Essex BMW 320si E90 was really off form.

For the second qualification heat Robert Schlünssen started from pole position, but he soon got under pressure from Henrik Lundgaard, and midway through the heat the black and red Peugeot was passed by the blue Chevrolet, which went on to take a win. Initially the Hartmann Honda twins of Jens Edman and Martin Jensen tried to put pressure on Robert Schlünssen, but he withstood it, while a bit further down the field Michel Nykjær elected to let Pontus Mörth take sixth place from him.

Based on the results of the two qualification heats the front row of the final consisted of Pontus Mörth and Henrik Lundgaard, and the Chevrolet twin also led the field away in front of Michel Nykjær and Jan Magnussen. Michel Nykjær started to put pressure on Henrik Lundgaard, and on the third lap he got an opportunity to move into second place, while Henrik Lundgaard now was the centre of attention from Jan Magnussen. But no matter what the former Stewart Grand Prix driver did, he could not find a way past Henrik Lundgaard.

In the final John Nielsen could only manage eighth place, which means that his second place in the championship standings was taken over by Jan Magnussen, and now the two BMW drivers are the only ones with a chance of fighting Michel Nykjær for the title in three week’s time at Jyllandsringen.

Sunday’s races settled one title in the Danish Touringcar Championship – the privateers’. It went to JM Racing’s Michael Outzen, who was jubilant.

"I am just so glad right now," Michael Outzen said after having been celebrated for taking another privateers’ cup win in the final, this time in front of Kristian Poulsen and Martin Pedersen.

In the final Pontus Mörth took the lead from Michel Nykjær, Henrik Lundgaard and Jan Magnussen, while Jens Edman and Michael Outzen tried to keep in touch with the leading quartet

 

Result of qualification heat 1:

1. Pontus Mörth Sverige Chevrolet Lacetti 13:57,129

2. Michel Nykjær Tappernøje Seat Leon 13:58,870

3. Henrik Lundgaard Hedensted Chevrolet Lacetti 13:59,215

4. Jan Magnussen England BMW 320si E90 13:59,465

5. Michael Outzen Ringe BMW 320si E90 14:03,985

6. Martin Jensen Albertslund Honda Accord 14:04,118

7. Jens Edman Sverige Honda Accord 14:04,240

8. John Nielsen Horsens BMW 320si E90 14:04,788

9. Kristian Poulsen Padborg BMW 320si E90 14:05,245

10. Martin Pedersen Køge Peugeot 407 14:08,441

 

Resultatet af kvalifikationsheat 1:

1. Pontus Mörth Sverige Chevrolet Lacetti 13:51,632

2. Michel Nykjær Tappernøje Seat Leon 13:53,187

3. Michael Outzen Ringe BMW 320si E90 13:53,546

4. Jan Magnussen England BMW 320si E90 13:56,485

5. Martin Jensen Albertslund Honda Accord 13:57,845

6. Jens Edman Sverige Honda Accord 13:59,657

7. Henrik Lundgaard Hedensted Chevrolet Lacetti 14:03,144

8. Robert Schlünssen Tyskland Peugeot 407 14:03,490

9. Kristian Poulsen Padborg BMW 320si E90 14:05,780

10. Tom Pedersen Christiansfeld BMW 320i E46 14:06,045

 

Result of qualification heat 2:

1. Henrik Lundgaard Hedensted Chevrolet Lacetti 13:47,147

2. Robert Schlünssen Tyskland Peugeot 407 13:48,378

3. Jens Edman Sverige Honda Accord 13:48,798

4. Martin Jensen Albertslund Honda Accord 13:49,147

5. Jan Magnussen England BMW 320si E90 13:49,614

6. Pontus Mörth Sverige Chevrolet Lacetti 13:49,984

7. Michel Nykjær Tappernøje Seat Leon 13:51,022

8. Michael Outzen Ringe BMW 320si E90 13:51,337

9. Kristian Poulsen Padborg BMW 320si E90 13:51,844

10. Gunnar Kristensen Klamenbprg Seat Leon 13:52,436

 

Championship positions - drivers:

1. Michel Nykjær Tappernøje Seat Leon 273

2. Jan Magnussen England BMW 320si E90 246

3. John Nielsen Horsens BMW 320si E90 239

4. Michael Outzen Ringe BMW 320si E90 206

5. Casper Elgaard Århus BMW 320si E90 191

6. Henrik Lundgaard Hedensted Chevrolet Lacetti 184

7. Pontus Mörth Sverige Chevrolet Lacetti 176

8. Jens Edman Sverige Honda Accord Euro-R 149

9. Tom Pedersen Christiansfeld BMW 320i E46 133

10. Philip Andersen Risskov BMW 320si E90 111

11. Martin Jensen Albertslund Honda Accord Euro-R 101

12. Robert Schlünssen Tyskland Peugeot 407 92

13. Kurt Thiim Luxembourg BMW 320si E90 87

14. Jason Watt Herlev BMW 320si E90 84

15. Kasper Jensen Aalborg Peugeot 407 69

16. Gunnar Kristensen Klampenborg Seat Leon 66

17. Nicki Thiim Sønderborg BMW 320si E90 60

18. Carsten Leveau København Seat Leon 47

    Kristian Poulsen Padborg BMW 320si E90 47

20. David Falch Roskilde Peugeot 407 42

21. Jens Møller Ikast Honda Accord Euro-R 36

22. Michael Carlsen Vissenbjerg Peugeot 407 36

23. Martin Pedersen Køge Peugeot 407 34

24. Peter Ager Esbjerg BMW 320i E46 29

25. René Rasmussen Frederikssund BMW 320si E90 12

26. Henrik Møller Sørensen Vejle Seat Toledo 1  

 

Michael Outzen won the privateers classification from Kristian Poulsen (right) and Martin Pedersen (left). His win means that the BMW driver is overall privateers champion 2007  

 

Championship positions - privateers:

1. Michael Outzen Ringe BMW 320si E90 315

2. Tom Pedersen Christiansfeld BMW 320i E46 250

3. Philip Andersen Risskov BMW 320si E90 230

4. Gunnar Kristensen Klampenborg Seat Leon 195

5. Carsten Leveau København Seat Leon 177

6. Robert Schlünssen Tyskland Peugeot 407 166

7. Kasper Jensen Aalborg Peugeot 407 165

8. Kristian Poulsen Padborg BMW 320si E90 147

9. Peter Ager Esbjerg BMW 320i E46 134

10. Michael Carlsen Vissenbjerg Peugeot 407 131

11. Martin Pedersen Køge Peugeot 407 129

12. Jens Møller Ikast Honda Accord Euro-R 123

13. David Falch Roskilde Peugeot 407 115

14. René Rasmussen Frederikssund BMW 320si E90 97

15. Nicki Thiim Sønderborg BMW 320si E90 87

16. Jesper Ternvalt Havdrup BMW 320i E46 56

17. Camilla Stephansen Horsens Toyota Corolla T-Sport 46

18. Henrik Møller Sørensen Vejle Seat Toledo 34

19. John Hansen Kruså Alfa Romeo 156 32

20. Ronni Jensen Næstved Peugeot 307 14

21. Leon Sørensen Hjørring Peugeot 307 11

22. Hans Hartmann Herning Honda Accord Euro-R 6

23. Johnny V. Nielsen Holbæk Peugeot 307 4

24. Jesper Sally Hjortshøj Renault Megane 2

     Peter Olsen Havdrup Peugeot 307 2

 

Championship positions - teams:

1. Team Essex 426

2. Chevrolet Motorsport Danmark 360

3. JM Racing 335

4. Den Blå Avis Fleggaard Racing 330

5.Seat Racing Team 273

6. Hartmann Honda Racing 251

7. Poulsen Motorsport 194

8. Autoforum Racing Team Silkeborg 111

Team Essex Development 111

10. Team Sturup Raceway 99

11. Team Go Racing 92

12. JM Racing II 41

13. Carlsen Motorsport 36

14. Team Peugeot DTC Køge 34

15. Markland Racing 1

 

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