At the entrance to the 2019 professional Danish motor racing has never been stronger. With the appointments of Dennis Lind at Lamborghini and Mikkel Jensen at BMW has all of six danes status as fabrikskører in the new year.
Just the title is what all sportsvognskørere crave for. You get wages, assist with the development of the cars, and there is no requirement to bring sponsors into the expensive sport.
- Jan Magnussen has been fabrikskører, more or less since he came out of Formula 1. So there have been Tom Kristensen and even earlier people drivers like Kurt Thiim and Kris Nissen, but we have never had so many at once, " says Bo Baltzer Nielsen, the team he will play for the Danish Automobile Sports Union (DASU).
- We welcome it, for it is naturstridigt. In addition to Jan are basically from the same generation. Michael, Nicki and Marco is admittedly a bit older, but none of them turned 30, he says.
In a small country without a car industry, it is impressive, but there are no obvious reasons for the sudden success.
- I think we're seeing a bit of a snowball effect, where they think: ’If he can, so can I’. Gradually, the Danish racers also got a good reputation. Earlier, it was the for example, if you were finn, you already had an advantage, believe Baltzer.
- If I need to be a little heretical, can it be, that because they do not have a great economic support, they are fighting harder.
Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen are doing spa prior to Le Mans. Photo: Jan Sommer
Yet, play a few rich racing enthusiasts a central role. Billionaire Jan Struve helped Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen to the success of Aston Martin, while the former publisher Johnny Laursen through the Formula Racing has supported Mikkel Mac, Nicklas Nielsen, Mikkel Jensen.
On the gokartbanerne have not seen a Tom Kristensen - or Kevin Magnussen-effect. Or more members of the top of Michael Christensen's Le Mans triumph in the summer. Anyway, the new generations send a kind thought to the most well-known drivers.
Both Tom Kristensen and Kevin Magnussen plays a role, because they have attracted so much press. It's not just about the active, but also the people behind, who can see the opportunities in investment and sponsorships. Tom sat for the seriousness of it all in time, and the development has Kevin continued. The next generations can thank them, " says DASU-sportschefen.
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Denmark's latest Le Mans winner is in time with a bit of a drømmesæson for the Porsche, if the program he has been part of since 2011. Leading the WEC's GTE Pro class comfortably together with partner Kevin Esters.
On the podium at Le Mans. Photo: Jan Sommer
2016-world champion together with Marco Sørensen of Aston Martin is not only one of the world's best GT drivers. He is also by far the most entertaining race car driver on social media.
2016-verdensmestrene in the WEC's GT-series ran Le Mans with Darren Turner. Photo: Jan Sommer
The second half of Aston Martin's Danish Dane Train heavily in the 2015 F1 ambitions with a successful sportsvognskarriere. The duo won the last WEC department in november at the Shanghai International Circuit.
the most winning race car driver continues with undiminished strength, though he in 2019 hits the 46 summers. Is the defending champion in the american IMSA-series professional GT series.
Jan Magnussen has been fabrikskører longer than any other dane. Photo: Jan Sommer
Have the talent on the same level as his famous second cousin, Kevin Magnussen, without the same financial backing. After two successful seasons as a junior driver advances the 25-year-old roskildenser as the first from italieneres talentprogram. Running in 2019, the Blancpain Endurance Series in Europe for FFF Racing.
Dennis Lind was in december promoted by Lamborghini. Photo: PR
Århusianeren won the forerunner to the German F4 and tried the forces with european Formula 3, before he switched to sports cars. Appointed to the fabrikskører in 2019 for BMW, where he must either run the German standardvognsmesterskab, DTM, or the new worldwide Continental GT 3 Challenge.
Later in december, BMW Mikkel Jensen status as fabrikskører. Photo: Andreas Beil/BMW PR
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being potentially fabrikskører at Ferrari in 2019. Most recently, he won with Italian Alessandro Pier Guidi Pro-class in the european GT Open series and is on the verge of promotion.
after a season with Zakspeed opportunities with Mercedes.
stands with the victory in the Ferrari Challenge with good cards on hand to try out with the italians in a similar scenario, as Mikkel Mac has been through.
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