DTC - Danish Touring Car - Markko Märtin’s first Danish test

DTC - Danish Touring Car - Markko Märtin’s first Danish test

29.03.2006: DTC - Danish Touring Car - Markko Märtin’s first Danish test

Markko Märtin aboard Hartmann Honda Racing's JAS built Accord Euro-R at a damp FDM Jyllandsringen.

The Estonian sampled a wet FDM Jyllandsringen for the first time

On Wednesday Markko Märtin could for the first climb aboard his Honda Accord Euro-R and roll out to test at a Danish circuit. The place was FDM Jyllandsringen, which due its many corners is known to shock new drivers. But that was not exactly what bothered the new Hartmann Honda Racing driver.

"There are many corners, that’s for sure," the Estonian DTC newcomer said. "It was quite slippery today, so it is not easy, but okay, we have to work on a set-up for the car. It is the first time for me in Denmark, so we got some ideas about what we want to do, and hopefully we can do it next time."

The test took place in just 6 degrees, and even though there were some small showers, the circuit stayed damp throughout the day. It meant that Markko Märtin was seen pressing the car over its limits in the double left hander leading the cars from the main straight to the spectators straight.

"It was not only in that corner that it happened. It happened in many corners," Markko Märtin admitted afterwards. "It was so slippery and I was sliding in many places. We didn’t have much grip at all, it was difficult to hold the lines and it was easy to loose the back end."

The professional rally driver has no race experience, but he does not yet feel any need to change his driving style.

"There is no big rush to change any things, because I have to understand what is going on first. I will try to do as many laps as possible and try as many different things as possible and see what happens. That is the only way to do it, so I don’t know what to change at the moment."

Other teams at the test were Den Blå Avis Fleggaard Racing, who was running one of their brand-new BMW 320si E90s for the first time in Denmark. Both Jan Magnussen and Henrik Lundgaard drove the car, while Pontus Mörth was reunited with the Volvo S60 that saw the Swede score his and the marque’s first win back in 2004. Finally series newcomer Michael Outzen was also running, but unfortunately got little mileage due to a suspension breakdown.  

Morten Alstrup Alstrup PR & Marketing


29.03.2006 / MaP

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