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Along with Märtin the Seat Leon star challenged eventual winner Magnussen

Along with Märtin the Seat Leon star challenged eventual winner Magnussen

22.05.2006: Along with Märtin the Seat Leon star challenged eventual winner Magnussen

Surrealistic Nykjær star of spectacular DTC final
May 21st 2006 – Danish Touringcar Championship


Jan Magnussen (23) took the lead, but through the whole final Markko Märtin (30), Martin Jensen (hidden) and Michel Nykjær (17) tried to pass him in a dramatic and surprising race (photographer: Birger Vilén).




The second round of the Danish Touringcar Championship at Padborg Park had an almost surrealistic outcome. In a brand new Seat Leon, which had been collected at the works in Spain earlier in the week, Michel Nykjær showed blinding speed and was very close at scoring the double with wins in both the pre-final and the final.

In the shoot out competition the Dane was invincible, and in the pre-final it was only Casper Elgaard who with one of his trademark starts managed to lead him. But the reigning champion was only ahead until the end of the second lap, as Michel Nykjær then slipped into a lead which he held until the chequered flag.

The win in the pre-final meant that the Seat driver had to start the final from fifth position, but nevertheless he managed to pass the leading quartet twice to take the lead. The first time it happened after a third of the race, but as some contact was involved when he passed Jan Magnussen for first place, Michel Nykjær had to go through the penalty lane and start passing the leading cars anew. But once again he succeeded in getting to the front. With two laps to go he outbraked Jan Magnussen at the end of the straight.

"I could see that it was a very ambitious attack, he made," Jan Magnussen says.

"I was running on the last of the margins, and I made a tiny braking error. If I hadn’t tried, I wouldn’t have had the chance to win. But I am still proud of what I have achieved," Michel Nykjær said. In the passing manoeuvre he ran wide in the following corner and slipped down to fourth place.

But the Seat driver was not alone in robbing Jan Magnussen of the lead briefly. In the middle of the race the Hartmann Honda Racing pair of Markko Märtin and Martin Jensen were shadowing the ex champ, and after having put a lot of pressure on him, Markko Märtin decided to have a go at the end of the straight. He went past, but then ran out of tarmac and ended up in the gravel trap.

"Yeah, it was stupid, but I just did not want to accept second," the WRC star admitted afterwards. "He was closing the door all the time, I did not have the hole to go past and then I tried to find the hole and just locked up and could do nothing but to avoid hitting him. Luckily, there was no contact, but I had my fun."

Generally the Estonian was very competitive on his second weekend as a racing driver, actually starting Sunday’s final from pole position.

"I really enjoyed it. It was really good to be in such a tough fight. There was always somebody up in your arse all the time, trying to overtake, and you are trying to do the same to some of the others. To me it was very, very interesting. It was good to see that we had found some extra speed from the Honda. For me it was good that I managed to drive fast and be competitive."

As the Estonian exited the race team mate Martin Jensen took over the runner-up position on the rostrum, where he was joined by Sweden’s Jens Edman. Another Swede was also happy, as Pontus Mörth finished as top privateer in both races.

Generally the racing at Padborg Park was very dramatic. Casper Elgaard lost his championship lead due a failure on his power steering in the final, while team manager John Nielsen spun, trying to overtake Markko Märtin. Finally, Jesper Sylvest put his BMW on its roof in the pre-final, but nevertheless the hard trying mechanics of Sylvest Motorsport managed to get the car ready for the final.

Result of the pre-final in the Danish Touringcar Championship at Padborg:

1. Michel Nykjær Seat Racing Team Seat Leon 14.04,462
2. Casper Elgaard Team Essex BMW 320si E90 14.05,975
3. Jan Magnussen Den Blå Avis Fleggaard Racing BMW 320si E90 14.10,511
4. Martin Jensen Hartmann Honda Racing Honda Accord Euro-R 14.10,634
5. Markko Märtin Hartmann Honda Racing Honda Accord Euro-R 14.11,492
6. Pontus Mörth Sport A Racing Volvo S60 14.14,996
7. Kurt Thiim Klostermann Racing BMW 320i E46 14.15,761
8. Jens Edman Peugeot Sport Danmark Peugeot 407 14.16,062
9. John Nielsen Team Essex BMW 320si E90 14.21,999
10. Martin Pedersen Team Peugeot DTC Køge Peugeot 307 14.23,016

Result of the final in the Danish Touringcar Championship:

1. Jan Magnussen Den Blå Avis Fleggaard Racing BMW 320si E90 14.15,924
2. Martin Jensen Hartmann Honda Racing Honda Accord Euro-R 14.16,716
3. Jens Edman Peugeot Sport Danmark Peugeot 407 14.17,250
4. Michel Nykjær Seat Racing Team Seat Leon 14.17,765
5. John Nielsen Team Essex BMW 320si E90 14.18,416
6. Casper Elgaard Team Essex BMW 320si E90 14.20,079
7. Pontus Mörth Sport A Racing Volvo S60 14.20,822
8. Kurt Thiim Klostermann Racing BMW 320i E46 14.21,297
9. Robert Schlünssen Peugeot Sport Danmark Peugeot 307 14.21,604
10. David Falch Autoforum Racing Team Silkeborg Peugeot 307 15.28,878



Markko Märtin (30) dived past Jan Magnussen (23) to take a brief lead in the final. The Estonian ended up in the gravel trap (photographer: Birger Vilén).


Danish Touringcar Championship:

1. Jan Magnussen Den Blå Avis Fleggaard Racing BMW 320si E90 82 p.
2. Casper Elgaard Team Essex BMW 320si E90 76 p.
3. John Nielsen Team Essex BMW 320si E90 61 p.
4. Martin Jensen Hartmann Honda Racing Honda Accord Euro-R 48 p.
5. Michel Nykjær Seat Racing Team Seat Leon 43 p.
6. Jens Edman Peugeot Sport Danmark Peugeot 407 34 p.
    Henrik Lundgaard Den Blå Avis Fleggaard Racing BMW 320si E90 34 p.
8. Philip Andersen Team Essex Development BMW 320i E46 30 p.
9. Michael Outzen JM Racing BMW 320i E46 28 p.
10. Pontus Mörth Sport A Racing Volvo S60 26 p.
11. Kurt Thiim Klostermann Racing BMW 320i E46 23 p.
12. David Falch Autoforum Racing Team Silkeborg Peugeot 307 20 p.
13. Martin Pedersen Team Peugeot DTC Køge Peugeot 307 19 p.
14. Ronnie Bremer Peugeot Sport Danmark Peugeot 307 17 p.
15. Markko Märtin Hartmann Honda Racing Honda Accord Euro-R 13 p.
16. Jesper Sylvest Sylvest Motorsport BMW 320i E46 7 p.
      Robert Schlünssen Peugeot Sport Danmark Peugeot 307 7 p.
18. Michael Carlsen Carlsen BP Motorsport Peugeot 307 CC 6 p.
      Jason Watt Autoforum Racing Team Silkeborg Peugeot 307 6 p.
20. Mike Legarth Connection Racing BMW 320i E46 4 p.
      Tom Pedersen Team FDM Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R 4 p.
22. René Rasmussen Team Essex Development BMW 320i E46 3 p.
      Jesper Ternvalt JT Racing Citroën Xsara Coupé VT 1 p.

Privateers championship:

1. Philip Andersen Team Essex Development BMW 320i E46 75 p.
2. Pontus Mörth Sport A Racing Volvo S60 72 p.
3. Michael Outzen JM Racing BMW 320i E46 68 p.
4. David Falch Autoforum Racing Team Silkeborg Peugeot 307 61 p.
5. Martin Pedersen Team Peugeot DTC Køge Peugeot 307 58 p.
6. Tom Pedersen Team FDM Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R 40 p.
7. Michael Carlsen Carlsen BP Motorsport Peugeot 307 CC 37 p.
8. Mike Legarth Connection Racing BMW 320i E46 35 p.
9. René Rasmussen Team Essex Development BMW 320i E46 25 p.
10. Jesper Sylvest Sylvest Motorsport BMW 320i E46 23 p.
11. Jesper Sally Sally Racing Renault Megane Sports Hatch II 14 p.
12. John Hansen Falken JHI Motorsport Alfa Romeo 156 13 p.
13. Jesper Ternvalt JT Racing Citroën Xsara Coupé VTS 11 p.
      Michael Klostermann Klostermann Racing BMW 320i E46 11 p.
15. Jørgen Weinreich Team FDM Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R 10 p.
      Kent Iversen Team SH Lund Motorsport Peugeot 406 Coupé 10 p.

Team championship:

1. Team Essex 137 p.
2. Den Blå Avis Fleggaard Racing 116 p.
3. Hartmann Honda Racing 61 p.
4. Peugeot Sport Danmark 58 p.
5. Seat Racing Team 43 p.
6. Team Essex Development 33 p.
7. JM Racing 28 p.
8. Autoforum Racing Team Silkeborg 26 p.
    Sport A Racing 26 p.
10. Klostermann Racing 23 p.
11. Team Peugeot DTC Team Peugeot DTC Køge 19 p.
12. Sylvest Motorsport 7 p.
13. Carlsen BP Motorsport 6 p.
14. Connection Racing 4 p.
      Team FDM Motorsport 4 p.
16. JT Racing 1 p.



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