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DTC - Magnussen won – Elgaard took the series lead - WRC star Markko Märtin had a difficult debut in touring car racing

DTC - Magnussen won – Elgaard took the series lead - WRC star Markko Märtin had a difficult debut in touring car racing

30.04.2006: DTC - Magnussen won – Elgaard took the series lead - WRC star Markko Märtin had a difficult debut in touring car racing



On Sunday the Danish Touringcar Championship kicked off in the best way ever with a 27 car field at FDM Jyllandsringen. The new BMW 320si E90 dominated proceedings, but as the quartet of the Bavarian cars is split equally between Team Essex and Den Blå Avis Fleggaard Racing there were battles and excitement aplenty.

On an overall basis the weekend belonged to Casper Elgaard of Team Essex. The reigning double champion had dominated the new shoot out qualification, and when he took the start in the pre-final he just romped away into the distance, never to be seen again. Behind him Henrik Lundgaard (Den Blå Avis Fleggaard Racing) and John Nielsen (Team Essex) battled for second place, while former Stewart Grand Prix driver Jan Magnussen (Den Blå Avis Fleggaard Racing) was in fact having great difficulties in holding impressive newcomer Michael Outzen (JM Racing) at bay due to puncture.

With the top five drivers being reversed for the final Casper Elgaard had to start this race from fifth, but another sublime start saw him go from fifth to third behind Jan Magnussen and Michael Outzen. Soon he moved by the latter and then the battle for the lead followed. It was a tight and close battle between the two most recent champions of the series, and on the fourth lap Casper Elgaard found his way by Jan Magnussen. However, on the next lap the reigning champion made a cock-up which eventually cost him the race win.

"When I braked at the end of the straight, I got into second instead of fourth. The rear end locked up, and then it was a question of saving the car rather than keeping Magnussen behind," Casper Elgaard said. "I am utterly disappointed not to win the final, ‘cause this weekend was mine, and I have been the fastest all day. I can only blame myself. I am the one who went from fifth to second."

Although the mishap sent Casper Elgaard down to second, he was later passed by teammate John Nielsen, who then unsuccessfully tried to find a way past Jan Magnussen but without any luck, the latter doing far much better than in the pre-final.

"In the final I drove as hard as possible, and I had the right tyre pressure to be able to fight from the start," the eventual winner said. "But we are still lacking somewhat, as the car lost speed at then end. But I am satisfied. I am the best winner."

Sensation of the event was newcomer Michael Outzen. The former Danish Formula Ford champion took fifth in both races in his ex-Essex BMW 320i E46, and he ended up being best privateer.

"It is very overwhelming to do his," the 24-year old said. "To race with the best in the business. They are the guys I have been following for years, and now I am fighting with them. It is absolutely crazy."

The most prominent newcomer of the race, however, was Markko Märtin. The former works Peugeot WRC star had his first race in the Honda Accord Euro-R that Hartmann Honda Racing is fielding for him.

"It was a quite eventful weekend. Not so much driving and a lot of spectating," the Estonian summed up his first weekend as a racing driver. "The engine broke in the shoot out qualification, so the team had to change the engine. Then on the warm up lap for the second race there was no more battery left, and the engine could not run anymore."

Due to the broken engine in the shoot out qualification, Markko Märtin had to start the first race from 19th place in the 27 car field. And he did not get a good getaway.

"When I started the first time, I wasn’t prepared so I lost many places at the start. It was the first time in four or five years that I haven’t been using traction control," the Estonian explained. "I made it quite difficult to make up some places, but I got some back anyway.

Having completed the first lap in 21st place, Markko Märtin quickly moved up to 17th place which was his final result for the pre-final of his first ever race meeting which was something of a mixture for him.

"I actually enjoyed the part of having cars around me. There were lots of cars around me, but midway through I actually got to a position, where there was nobody behind, and I couldn’t catch up with the guys in front, because they were doing the same speed. That was a bit boring, but when there are a lot of cars around, it is exciting," the Estonian admits.

"I didn’t expect anything from my debut to be fair, but in the same time I wanted to do more laps and learn more and be more competitive. The position doesn’t look very good, and I want to do better than that."

Captions:

01 - Elgaard (1) passes Magnussen (23) for the lead (photographer Birger Vilén).

02 - Markko Märtin had a difficult debut on the circuits (photographer Birger Vilén).

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

1. Casper Elgaard Århus BMW 320si E90 15.38,250
2. John Nielsen England BMW 320si E90 15.45,869
3. Henrik Lundgaard Hedensted BMW 320si E90 15.46,951
4. Jan Magnussen England BMW 320si E90 15.48,807
5. Michael Outzen Ringe BMW 320i E46 15.52,396
6. Philip Andersen Risskov BMW 320i E46 15.56,790
7. Jens Edman Sverige Peugeot 407 15.59,103
8. Ronnie Bremer Schweiz Peugeot 307 15.59,293
9. Pontus Mörth Sverige Volvo S60 16.01,515
10. Martin Jensen Albertslund Honda Accord Euro-R 16.02,095

Result of the final in the Danish Touringcar Championship:

1. Jan Magnussen England BMW 320si E90 17.45,000
2. John Nielsen England BMW 320si E90 17.45,219
3. Casper Elgaard Århus BMW 320si E90 17.45,835
4. Henrik Lundgaard Hedensted BMW 320si E90 17.47,663
5. Michael Outzen Ringe BMW 320i E46 17.49,834
6. Philip Andersen Risskov BMW 320i E46 17.51,237
7. Ronnie Bremer Schweiz Peugeot 307 17.51,390
8. Martin Pedersen Køge Peugeot 307 17.52,339
9. David Falch Roskilde Peugeot 307 17.53,791
10. Kurt Thiim Luxembourg BMW 320i E46 17.54,165

Championship positions - drivers:

1. Casper Elgaard Århus BMW 320si E90 45 p.
2. John Nielsen England BMW 320si E90 41 p.
3. Jan Magnussen England BMW 320si E90 40 p.
4. Henrik Lundgaard Hedensted BMW 320si E90 34 p.
5. Michael Outzen Ringe BMW 320i E46 26 p.
6. Philip Andersen Risskov BMW 320i E46 20 p.
7. Ronnie Bremer Schweiz Peugeot 307 17 p.
8. Martin Pedersen Køge Peugeot 307 13 p.
9. David Falch Roskilde Peugeot 307 11 p.
   Martin Jensen Albertslund Honda Accord Euro-R 11 p.
11. Jens Edman Sverige Peugeot 407 9 p.
12. Jesper Sylvest Jægerspris BMW 320i E46 7 p.
      Pontus Mörth Sverige Volvo S60 7 p.
14. Kurt Thiim Luxembourg BMW 320i E46 6 p.
15. Michael Carlsen Vissenbjerg Peugeot 307 CC 4 p.
16. Jason Watt Herlev Peugeot 307 2 p.
      René Rasmussen Frederikssund BMW 320i E46 2 p.
18. Mike Legarth Vamdrup BMW 320i E46 1 p.

Championship positions - privateers:

1. Michael Outzen Ringe BMW 320i E46 53 p.
2. Philip Andersen Risskov BMW 320i E46 41 p.
3. Martin Pedersen Køge Peugeot 307 32 p.
4. David Falch Roskilde Peugeot 307 28 p.
5. Jesper Sylvest Jægerspris BMW 320i E46 23 p.
6. Michael Carlsen Vissenbjerg Peugeot 307 CC 20 p.
7. Pontus Mörth Sverige Volvo S60 19 p.
8. Mike Legarth Vamdrup BMW 320i E46 16 p.
    René Rasmussen Frederikssund BMW 320i E46 16 p.
   Tom Pedersen Christiansfeld Honda Civic Type-R 16 p.
11. Jørgen Weinreich Hammel Honda Civic Type-R 11 p.
      Kent Iversen Lysabild Peugeot 406 Coupé 11 p.
13. John Hansen Kruså Alfa Romeo 156 8 p.
14. Michael Klostermann Gørløse BMW 320i E46 4 p.
15. Jesper Ternvalt Havdrup Citroën Xsara Coupé VTS 2 p.

Championship positions – teams:

1. Team Essex 86 p.
2. Den Blå Avis Fleggaard Racing 74 p.
3. JM Racing 26 p.
    Peugeot Sport Danmark 26 p.
5. Team Essex Development 22 p.
6. Team Peugeot DTC Køge 13 p.
    Autoforum Racing Team Silkeborg 13 p.
8. Hartmann Honda Racing 11 p.
9. Sylvest Motorsport 7 p.
    Sport A Racing 7 p.
11. Klostermann Racing 6 p.
12. Carlsen BP Motorsport 4 p.
13. Connection Racing 1 p.

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30.04.2006 / MaP

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