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

Bad luck in Barcelona

The Hankook 24H Barcelona did unfortunately not give the results Insight Racing hoped for. An exploded wheel bearing caused much damage and ended the race early for the danish team.

Circuit de Catalunya, Spain – September 4th, 2017

Everything looked promising after about 60 minutes of the Hankook 24H Barcelona for Insight Racing Denmark, but endurance racing can be cruel, and it was indeed the case this weekend.

Friday got off to a disappointing start as the qualifying was halted by multiple yellow flags at the last part of the session, meaning that the strategy didn’t go to plan. Our plan was to post a couple of quick laps towards the end of the 60 minute session, but that didn’t work out.

– I guess we are all a bit disappointed about this weekend. We never had the chance to show the pace our car was capable of in qualifying, as the yellow flags interupted our attempts. A great shame as we had a really good car, Martin Jensen says.

Night practice on friday. Photo: Petr Frýba

An interupted race:

In the glorious sunshine on saturday, driving team owner Martin Jensen had his work cut out. Starting from 17th on the grid, he had to get the car into the rythm early on – whilst taking as many positions as possible. The JAS Honda Civic TCR car once again proved its consistency on the tires, and Martin got off to a great start. In the first hour, he made his way up to 9th in the standings, but right after the one hour-mark, disaster struck.

Jensen had to pit early after a wheel bearing exploded – breaking just about everything on the rear left corner on the car. It happened under braking into turn 1, and the dane had a big moment saving the car. Martin Jensen managed to get the car back to the pits, but the damage soon proved to be impossible to repair on-site.

Martin Jensen driving at the race start in Barcelona. Photo: Petr Frýba

– We had a strong setup for the race. It seemed that the car needed a bit of time to make the tires work at the beginning of the stint, but from that point it really picked up the pace, and I was able to run at a very competitive pace towards the end of the stint – where most other cars in the class started to struggle, Martin Jensen explains.

He adds:
– We hoped the gentle tire degradation could become an advantage later on, but we never managed to get that far. I have never seen a wheel bearing exploding like this on a front wheel drive car before.

– We are obviously very disappointed. We did everything imagineable to get replacement parts, but we had no luck. Having to retire because of something like this is even more sad given that our squad did such a great job throughout. All four of us were within six tenths on average, which is really good.

Insight Racing on the grid in Barcelona. Photo: Petr Frýba

The final event for Insight Racing Denmark this year is the 24H Series event at Circuit of the Americas in Texas. The race is held on November 10th-12th.

Insight Racing Denmark enters 24H Barcelona

Insight Racing is back for its second outing in the 24H Series this year. The return to the international scene comes after a promising 24H Series debut at Paul Ricard in May.

Circuit de Catalunya, Spain – August 30th 2017

Back in May, the danish team Insight Racing debuted the brand new Honda Civic TCR racer in the 24H Series race at Paul Ricard. It returned mixed results as the car showed great pace right from the start, but eventually, cooling issues put an end to an otherwise impressive debut.

Now, it is time to get back on the 24H Series grid. The problems have been found and solved in cooperation with JAS, and we are going to Spain with a fresh victory from the Norwegian GT Championship at Rudskogen earlier in August. Here, Marcus Påverud took the car to pole position and the class win in all three races over the weekend.

The Insight Racing Denmark squad has been a dominating factor in the Norwegian GT Championship lately. The danish team is now back on the international stage for the 24H Series race at Circuit de Catalunya. Photo: Niklas Majgaard

A small change to the lineup:
The Insight Racing Denmark lineup features a small change for the weekend in Spain. Team owner Martin Jensen, Marcus Påverud and Joakim Frid are all in the lineup again, but the fourth and final spot has changed. This time, it is going to the danish talent Jacob Mathiassen. He might be new to the TCR Honda, but Jacob Mathiassen is not a new face at Insight Racing. In 2016, he raced with Insight Racing in the danish Citroën DS3 Cup and won the championship. A series in which Marcus Påverud also proved his talent and fought with Jacob for the win during the entire season.
Making the leap from hot hatch sprint races to endurance racing is not a problem for Jacob, either. The young dane has already got multiple endurance races on his CV – for instance in Britcar and British GT racing with Century Motorsport.

The latest developments on the Civic and the team have made team principal Martin Jensen optimistic for the weekend:
– The race in France was our very first experience of the TCR Civic. We went there with optimism, and I was really happy to see that the car was competitive from the very first minute. That was a great starting point, and we have worked closely with JAS Motorsport since then to make the car even better, Martin Jensen says and adds:

– And more importantly, our recent result in Norway proved that our car is more competitive than ever. We have a great lineup for Barcelona, and I’m very happy to see new talents like Marcus and Jacob advancing from our own race series, the DS3 Cup, to this. Our four-driver lineup is strong, and I can’t wait to get this race underway!

You can follow us this weekend on our Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/InsightRacingDK/.
The full 24 hours of Barcelona is transmitted live on 24hseries.com.

A troubled 24H debut for Insight Racing at Paul Ricard

The new Insight Racing Honda Civic TCR showed promising pace in its first outing, but the danish outfit was eventually halted by technical issues.

Paul Ricard, France – May 7th 2017

Insight Racing got off to a flying start in the 24H Series at Paul Ricard after showing promising pace in practice and qualifying. On the starting grid, heavy rain was followed by dense fog, and the 24 hour race started under Code 60 as a safety precaution.

From P3 in class, starting right behind the Car Collection Motorsports Audi and Modena Motorsports Seat Leon, Martin Jensen made his way through the difficult conditions as the rain eased and the track subsequently began to dry.

Martin handed over the car in P2, and was replaced by the 16-year old Marcus Påverud. The norwegian is by far the youngest driver in the 24H Series, and he showed great pace in his first ever stint, driving his way into the lead of the TCR category during his stint. Marcus was followed by Joakim Frid and Frederik Schandorff, who both delivered consistent laptimes in the close competition in the TCR category.

Ready on the grid.

A failing head gasket ended the run

About six hours in, problems began to occur on the Civic. First, the car picked up heavy vibrations in the transmission, which was caused by a failing driveshaft. It was replaced and the car got better. We regained momentum, but two hours later, Martin Jensen had to stop the car in the middle of his second stint due to engine problems. The head gasket had gone, and the car had to retire from the race.

Quotes:
Martin Jensen:
– Over all, the weekend has been really good for us. We went here knowing that we had some hard work in front of us, fine tuning our new car. After the practice sessions, we came out fastest, and we have shown that the Civic is a very capable car in terms of pace. We are now working with JAS Motorsport to get the reliability and sort out the technical problems that put an early end to our race.

Frederik Schandorff:
– It was a great experience to race here. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a lot of laps in the car due to our technical issues, but the car was pretty quick, and I’m very happy with the stint I did.

Marcus Påverud:
– I’ve learnt a lot over the weekend. It’s really cool to be the youngest 24H-driver, and this has given me a lot of new experience.

Joakim Frid:
We were quick and did a good job on the track, so it was really unfortunate that we lost out on technical problems. The four of us were really quick and the car felt really good until the engine broke. I would like to thank everyone at Insight Racing and my sponsors for making this possible!

 

Insight Racing is returning to international racing

Insight Racing Denmark is back on the international stage after a year’s absence. This year, we will compete in selected races in the 24H Series endurance events, kicking off our season this weekend at the french circuit, Paul Ricard.

Having previously raced in GT Racing, Insight Racing has now made the move to the very promising TCR cars – a class of cars which can easily run in shorter sprint races as well as endurance racing, of which we will do the latter.

Insight Racing is back in international motorsport. This time with Honda in the 24H Series. – Photo: Rune Påverud

The youngest endurance driver in the world

The lineup at Insight Racing Denmark hosts a good mix of experienced drivers along with fresh and very quick talents.
Young and talented are two describing words that fit perfectly with the 16 year old norwegian, Marcus Påverud. Having done a brilliant job in the scandinavian race series Citroën DS3 Cup in previous seasons, 2017 marks the all-important leap into international racing for the norwegian. This is also set to make Marcus Påverud one of the youngest endurance drivers ever – if not the youngest. 

Marcus Påverud is set to make his debut in endurance racing with Insight Racing this weekend.

Marcus is joined by the swedish touringcar racer, Joakim “Jocke” Frid, his danish colleague from the Danish Thundersport Championship, Frederik Schandorff and Insight Racing team owner, Martin Jensen.

Joakim has competed for years in the Swedish Touring Car Championship, while Frederik Schandorff has proven that he is a force to be reckoned with in the Danish Thundersport Championship. Now, Schandorff is here to take on a very different challenge, let alone a very different race car in the shape of the Insight Racing Honda Civic TCR.

Team owner Martin Jensen is still active behind the wheel as well, bringing in lots of experience from a long career racing all over the world.

Happy to be back on the international scene:

Team principal Martin Jensen is honored to see his team returning to international racing:
– We are really happy to be back. We are feeling very privileged to do it with such a strong lineup, presenting some of the best Scandinavian talents. None of this would have happened, had it not been for our amazing sponsors and supporters. I would like to thank everyone involved, especially my mechanics at Insight Racing – they have done an amazing job. See you all in France!

You can follow us this weekend on our Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/InsightRacingDK/.
The full 24 hours of Paul Ricard is transmitted live on 24hseries.com and Radiolemans.com.