James Thompson has warmed up for this weekend's HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship in style, with victory during the Danish Touring Car Championship event at Padborg Park.
The Brit became only the second non-Danish driver to win a DTC final, but he also gave both Honda and the Hartmann Honda Racing their first wins in a DTC final at wheel of his Accord Euro R.
In the first of the two qualification heats, Thompson chased Henrik Lundgaard for the entire distance, but couldn't find a way past the blue Chevrolet and had to settle for second. He then finished fourth in the second race, having started eighth, which gave him pole position for the event finale. Thompson then dominated the final, taking victory ahead of the SEAT of Jason Watt.
He will now head to Oulton Park to resume his BTCC campaign with Team Dynamics having moved into the lead of the Danish standings – a point clear of Michel Nykjær.
“I am over the moon,” he said. “It is really nice, a little bit unexpected.
“We knew that the car was fast, but we were disappointed with the qualifying [where he ended up second] but I knew the car was competitive in the race. It was a matter of trying to stay out of trouble and hope that we managed to get on pole position for the final, as it is difficult to overtake here.”