A troubled season opener for Insight Racing

A drivethrough and a following stop and go penalty proved costly for the danish outfit Insight Racing in today’s first of two races in the Danish Endurance Championship at Padborg Park. The team did eventually finish second in class after the lengthy stoppage.

The danish team leads a new campaign running the all new Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR in a danish and norwegian cooperation between drivers Louise Frost and Kristian Sætheren. Initially Louise got off to a great start leading the class for an extensive part of the sixty minutes of the race. However, she did drive under the target time issued by the race organizers for the class.

Photo: Niklas Majgaard/Insightracing.dk

The target time has proven to be quite an issue for the team, meaning that the Alfa Romeo is running in the lowest settings possible, team owner Martin Jensen says:

– We were penalized for running three tenths too quickly, and the penalites ended up costing us just about a minute in total. It’s frustrating, but these are the rules, and that’s how it ended for us. We have turned down the boost pressure as much as we can, and I reckon we could run around three seconds faster than we are doing under these limits. I would love to be able to show everyone what this TCR car is capable of, but doing so would put us in the same class as 620 bhp Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeos, he says with a smile.

He adds:

– But there’s a new race for tomorrow, so we will keep up the work and see if we can improve on the result from today.

Photo: Niklas Majgaard/Insightracing.dk

Kristian Sætheren was also frustrated to recieve the penalties, but all in all the norwegian felt happy with the race:

– It was a bit of a mess, but that said, it was a good debut for me. This is my very first competitive run in the Alfa Romeo, so it’s a completely new task for me. So many different cars and classes is a vast difference from everything I’ve done previously. I do however feel confident for tomorrow. Can’t wait!

 

Race 2 is on at 14.00 CET. Livetiming is available at http://laller.hu/livetiming/padborg/.

Photo: Niklas Majgaard/Insightracing.dk

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