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Jan Magnussen retook DTC series lead with record win

14.08.2006: Jan Magnussen retook DTC series lead with record win

Young gun Robert Schlünssen was fastest driver in the final

Jan Magnussen retook the series lead in the Danish Touringcar Championship, when he won his fourth final race win – a new record for the series – at a soaking wet Ring Djursland. As rival Casper Elgaard had only managed second place in the pre-final, the lead of the series swopped hands.

But the chances of retaking the lead did not look to pleasing for Jan Magnussen in the first of the two races. He found it quite difficult to hold on to the top three trio of John Nielsen, Casper Elgaard and Henrik Lundgaard, but the final got a completely different outcome.

"The car was working a little bit better, it rained a bit more, and that suited me far better, but I also had Henrik to act as guard behind me," Jan Magnussen said after the win.

For the second final in a row Martin Jensen started from pole position, but the Honda driver lost three positions at the start and for a long while he did not look like a serious podium candidate. But then he began making up some of the ground lost.

"In the team we had made an agreement not to risk anything, but to finish and get as many points as possible," Martin Jensen explains. "But then I felt that the others were driving a bit slowly, so I wanted to pass them. I had a hard and fair battle with Casper, but the two remaining laps were not enough to get by Henrik and Jan."

But the fastest driver in the final was a completely different driver. In just his second participation in the series Robert Schlünssen from Berlin was flying. From a starting position as number six he was recording the best lap times of the field, and he had managed to get as high as third, before having to pit to get his stop-and-go penalty for driving into John Nielsen, when he was passing the former Le Mans winner in the hairpin.

"We did touch and I got my punishment," a truly disappointed Robert Schlünssen said after the race.

"We do probably have different views as to what happened, but I don’t want to be seen as an aggressive driver. I was just doing better, and it was clear for all to see. I do sincerely believe that I could have won today. I was a second faster per lap, and in the end I was right up on the tail of the two leaders."

Robert Schlünssen’s stop-and-go penalty meant that Martin Pedersen ended the final as best Peugeot driver. The privateer managed to hold John Nielsen at bay on the finishing line, taking fifth overall, while he also got maximum points for the DTC Cup for privateers.

Briefs: The shoot out qualification had to be stopped midway through the second round, when Jens Edman went of the circuit, ramming the Armco barriers so hard that a catch fence folded back and hit regular DTC photographer Birger Vilén, who had to be hospitalized with a blow to his head and a concussion. Jens Edman was also sent to the hospital for x-rays and scans, as he was complaining of back problems. · Team owner Hans Hartmann took over the Honda Accord seat left open by Markko Märtin’s departure and he scored a point on his return to the series. · In Formula Ford 17 year old son of Kurt Thiim, Nicki Thiim, took two wins and extended his championship lead, while the Danish built Aquila chassis got a couple of thirds with Tommy Nygaard driving.

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Round 4 of 9 of the Danish Touringcar Championship, Ring Djursland
Pre-final – 15 laps of 1.752 metres:

1. John Nielsen Team Essex BMW 320si E90 14.49,573
2. Casper Elgaard Team Essex BMW 320si E90 14.50,920
3. Henrik Lundgaard Den Blå Avis Fleggaard Racing BMW 320si E90 14.51,327
4. Jan Magnussen Den Blå Avis Fleggaard Racing BMW 320si E90 14.58,415
5. Martin Jensen Hartmann Honda Racing Honda Accord Euro-R 14.59,537
6. Robert Schlünssen Peugeot Sport Danmark Peugeot 307 15.00,889
7. Martin Pedersen Team Peugeot DTC Køge Peugeot 307 15.10,331
8. David Falch Autoforum Racing Team Peugeot 307 15.12,086
9. Philip Andersen Team Essex Development BMW 320i E46 15.14,886
10. Michael Carlsen Carlsen BP Motorsport Peugeot 307 CC 15.17,072
Fastest lap: Henrik Lundgaard, 57.745s.

Finale – 18 laps of 1.752 metres:

1. Jan Magnussen Den Blå Avis Fleggaard Racing BMW 320si E90 20.30,476
2. Henrik Lundgaard Den Blå Avis Fleggaard Racing BMW 320si E90 20.30,854
3. Martin Jensen Hartmann Honda Racing Honda Accord Euro-R 20.31,500
4. Casper Elgaard Team Essex BMW 320si E90 20.32,586
5. Martin Pedersen Team Peugeot DTC Køge Peugeot 307 20.40,537
6. John Nielsen Team Essex BMW 320si E90 20.40,799
7. David Falch Autoforum Racing Team Peugeot 307 20.42,532
8. Philip Andersen Team Essex Development BMW 320i E46 20.45,601
9. Michael Outzen JM Racing BMW 320i E46 20.45,983
10. Robert Schlünssen Peugeot Sport Danmark Peugeot 307 20.46,726

Fastest lap: Robert Schlünssen, 57,685s.

.- Morten Alstrup -

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14.08.2006 / MaP

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