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Michel Nykjær takes championship lead

29.05.2007: Michel Nykjær takes championship lead

Several top drivers retired from DTC race at Sturup Raceway

Round two of the Danish Touringcar Championship at Sturup Raceway in Southern Sweden was a very dramatic affair. Several of the leading drivers had to retire after collisions, but it did not take away the limelight of Seat Leon driver Michel Nykjær who turned out to be the big winner. In a gigant field of 27 cars he won the first qualification race and with sixth place in race qualification race two, he got pole position for the final, which he won.

"It ended as I had hoped and expected," the jubilant Seat Leon driver said afterwards.

"The BMWs were faster at the start, and both Philip Andersen and John Nielsen overtake me on the run to the first corner, but they then touch, and it is as if Philip is braking. I go off the accelerator, but then gets a huge push from behind, hit Philip and then I am able to accelerate past Philip and John. I was really pushing hard in order to build up a cushion, so that I could hold the lead to the finish, and I succeeded. It is the first time that we take two wins over a weekend. I have never tried that before, and now we are leading the championship, which is fantastic."

Philip Andersen was actually leading the final at the Copenhagen Racing GP for 200 metres or so, and even though he put up with his strongest performance so far in his DTC career, he did not reach the chequered flag.

"I am not blaming Michel Nykjær, but he gave me a push and sent me sideways, which makes three other drivers go by me. It was okay to hold fourth place, but my rear end had suffered a damage, and it just got worse and worse, so I had to retire," Philip Andersen said.

Second in the final went to Team Essex driver John Nielsen in front of Michael Outzen, who earlier in the day had become the first privateer since 2002 to win a DTC race when he took the chequered flag first in qualification race 2. "It has been a weekend of ups and downs, but luckily it ended well," the BMW driver said. During qualification race 1 he got a penalty for hitting Honda Accord driver Martin Jensen. "Twice I got through the penalty lane, but I only had to do it once, but luckily the judges changed their verdict so that I could start heat 2 from first position. It just showed that the judges were acting professionally."

The fight to become best-of-the-rest in the final was a battle between BMW driver Jason Watt and top Chevrolet man Pontus Mörth, who fought for 13 laps in the final to take fourth and fifth place during a race meeting that saw a lot of car damage. The most dramatic episode happened at the start of the final, when the Honda driver Jens Edman as well as reigning champion Casper Elgaard and 2003 title holder Jan Magnussen were eliminated barely a quarter of a mile into the race.

"I was hit really hard in the side, and that was a consequence of a tangle between Casper and Edman," Jan Magnussen explained. "First I was rammed by Edman, and then Casper appeared on the scene and tore the front wheel suspension of the car. It would have been important to score some more points, but now it seems that we have got the speed."

"It was a weekend where things turned sour, but such weekends do happen, but luckily we are now allowed to subtract the worst scores, and these scores will most certainly be subtracted," Casper Elgaard said, having also retired from the second qualification race, where he and Jan Magnussen had also been in contact when the were running closely behind Philip Andersen.

For Jens Edman the result in the final was an utter disappointment after having finished in second place behind Michael Outzen in the second qualification race.

"The second race was just fantastic. It was a mad fight and it was great to take second place, but in the final I just raced for 200 metres, before everything went wrong. Then I became the meat in a BMW sandwich," the Swede said.

 

Result of the final at Sturup Raceway

1. Michel Nykjær Tappernøje Seat Leon 14:51,056

2. John Nielsen Horsens BMW 320si E90 14:53,262

3. Michael Outzen Ringe BMW 320si E90 14:54,291

4. Jason Watt Herlev BMW 320si E90 15:02,658

5. Pontus Mörth Sverige Chevrolet Lacetti 15:02,956

6. Tom Pedersen Christiansfeld BMW 320i E46 15:05,018

7. Martin Pedersen Køge Peugeot 407 15:05,646

8. Kasper Jensen Aalborg Peugeot 407 15:06,048

9. Henrik Lundgaard Hedensted Chevrolet Lacetti 15:07,098

10. Carsten Leveau København Seat Leon 15:13,953

 

Result of qualification race 1

1. Michel Nykjær Tappernøje Seat Leon 13:53,368

2. Jan Magnussen England BMW 320si E90 13:53,402

3. John Nielsen Horsens BMW 320si E90 13:54,633

4. Casper Elgaard Århus BMW 320si E90 14:05,002

5. Jason Watt Herlev BMW 320si E90 14:08,280

6. Philip Andersen Risskov BMW 320si E90 14:08,809

7. Jens Edman Sverige Honda Accord14:11,382

8. Michael Outzen Ringe BMW 320si E90 14:11,741

9. Pontus Mörth Sverige Chevrolet Lacetti 14:11,746

10. Martin Jensen Albertslund Honda Accord 14:13,903

 

Result of qualification race 2

1. Michael Outzen Ringe BMW 320si E90 19:38,090

2. Jens Edman Sverige Honda Accord 19:43,147

3. Philip Andersen Risskov BMW 320si E90 19:44,407

4. John Nielsen Horsens BMW 320si E90 19:48,176

5. Pontus Mörth Sverige Chevrolet Lacetti 19:49,110

6. Michel Nykjær Tappernøje Seat Leon 19:49,481

7. Jason Watt Herlev BMW 320si E90 19:50,926

8. Tom Pedersen Christiansfeld BMW 320i E46 19:55,251

9. Kasper Jensen Aalborg Peugeot 407 20:01,628

10. Martin Pedersen Køge Peugeot 407 20:01,863

 

Championship positions – drivers

1. Michel Nykjær Tappernøje Seat Leon 93

2. John Nielsen Horsens BMW 320si E90 92

3. Michael Outzen Ringe BMW 320si E90 71

4. Casper Elgaard Århus BMW 320si E90 64

5. Jan Magnussen England BMW 320si E90 56

6. Philip Andersen Risskov BMW 320si E90 55

7. Henrik Lundgaard Hedensted Chevrolet Lacetti 41

Tom Pedersen Christiansfeld BMW 320i E46 41

9. Jason Watt Herlev BMW 320si E90 38

10. Jens Edman Sverige Honda Accord Euro-R 36

Kurt Thiim Luxembourg BMW 320si E90 36

12. Pontus Mörth Sverige Chevrolet Lacetti 34

13. Martin Jensen Albertslund Honda Accord Euro-R 29

14. Carsten Leveau København Seat Leon 17

15. Martin Pedersen Køge Peugeot 407 15

Kasper Jensen Aalborg Peugeot 407 15

17. David Falch Roskilde Peugeot 407 13

18. Jens Møller Ikast Honda Accord Euro-R 10

19. Michael Carlsen Vissenbjerg Peugeot 407 9

20. Kristian Poulsen Padborg BMW 320si E90 7

21. René Rasmussen Frederikssund BMW 320si E90 6

22. Gunnar Kristensen Klampenborg Seat Leon 4

23. Peter Ager Esjberg BMW 320i E46 3

24. Henrik Møller Sørensen Vejle Seat Toledo 1

 

Positions – privateers

1. Michael Outzen Ringe BMW 320si E90 97

2. Philip Andersen Risskov BMW 320si E90 91

3. Tom Pedersen Christiansfeld BMW 320i E46 88

4. Carsten Leveau København Seat Leon 59

5. Jens Møller Ikast Honda Accord Euro-R 53

6. Gunnar Kristensen Klampenborg Seat Leon 38

7. Peter Ager Esjberg BMW 320i E46 36

8. David Falch Roskilde Peugeot 407 35

Kristian Poulsen Padborg BMW 320si E90 35

10. Michael Carlsen Vissenbjerg Peugeot 407 34

11. René Rasmussen Frederikssund BMW 320si E90 33

Martin Pedersen Køge Peugeot 407 33

13. Kasper Jensen Aalborg Peugeot 407 32

14. John Hansen Kruså Alfa Romeo 156 21

15. Henrik Møller Sørensen Vejle Seat Toledo 16

16. Jesper Ternvalt Havdrup BMW 320i E46 15

Pontus Mörth Sverige Chevrolet Lacetti 15

18. Camilla Stephansen Horsens Toyota Corolla T-Sport 11

 

Positions – teams

1. Team Essex 156

2. JM Racing 112

3. Den Blå Avis Fleggaard Racing 94

4. Seat Racing Team 93

5. Chevrolet Motorsport Danmark 75

6. Hartmann Honda Racing 66

7. Team Essex Development 55

8. Poulsen Motorsport 43

9. Autoforum Racing Team Silkeborg 28

10. Team Sturup Raceway 21

11. Team Peugeot DTC Køge 15

12. Carlsen Motorsport 9

JM Racing II 9

14. Markland Racing 1

 

- Morten Alstrup-

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