An impressive gathering of the greatest Le Mans-heroes and Danish racing legends cast historical glow over this summer’s CHGP on July 30th and 31st at Bellahoj Park in Copenhagen.
There’s literally talk of race between generations when the traditional Royal Pro / Am kicks off in this year’s Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix, held in the weekend of July 30th and 31st at Bellahoj Park in Copenhagen.
In the Royal Pro / Am race, which runs on both Saturday and Sunday, each participating race car consists of two drivers, who in the best Le Mans-style will try to race to victory in a team effort.
At the head of the prominent field of Le Mans-stars, guests and spectators can experience the Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix ambassador, and nine-times Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, who in the Royal Pro / Am race will be driving with his younger brother Jacob Kristensen. The latter is also no novice in motor racing. Despite his amateur status, Jacob Kristensen has shown his skills in both the Danish DTC series and won including a class victory in the 24-hour race in Dubai in 2014.
The brothers Kristensen are joined in Royal Pro / Am by two other family teams for the Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix. One, Team Thiim, consisting of the Danish Le Mans-star, Nicki Thiim and his father, Kurt Thiim. In this year’s edition of Le Mans, Nicki Thiim was joined by co-drivers Marco Sorensen and Darren Turner, their Aston Martin racer came in fourth place.
Kurt Thiim has also been racing at Le Mans. He participated in 1991 in a Mercedes C11 with Stanley Dickens and Jonathan Palmer (father of Renault Formula 1 pilot Jolyon Palmer). The team was in second place when they were withdrawn well into the race. Kurt Thiim began his racing career in 1974 in karting. After karting the Formula classes followed, which was crowned with a German championship in Formula 3 in 1984. The final breakthrough did not occur until 1986, where Kurt Thiim won the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (DTM) in a Rover 3500th. In the next 10 years the German DTM series developed into today’s most popular racing class and Kurt Thiim was one of the top names. Kurt Thiim never regained the championship, but won third place in 1990 and in 1992 it came to a second place. Kurt Thiim has also been running DTC in Denmark.
Another former top racedriver who has been making a name in the Danish DTC series is Jesper Sylvest. The native from Sealand won the DTC championship in 1999 and dominated well into the 00s class. For the Royal Pro / Am Jesper Sylvest shares a Lotus Cortina with his son, Nicolai Sylvest, thus forming yet another father / son team for CHGP.
True to tradition, there are many more Le Mans heroes and Danish racing stars to start at the Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix. From Corvette Racing comes the Race for Riget ambassador Jan Magnussen. Jan Magnussen won a suspenseful Royal Pro / Am in 2013, and will this year race for the charity event Race for Riget and the MASCOT DTC Series.
From Aston Martin Racing comes Marco Sorensen to start in Royal Pro / Am along with team owner Jan Struve. The two Aston Martin enthusiasts will share a Lotus Cortina.
Another Le Mans racer, coming to Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix, is the Porsche factory driver Michael Christensen, who this year raced his second Le Mans. The Danish Porsche pilot will naturally be coming to Royal Pro / Am in a classic Porsche 911 from the 1965.
Also the Danish Ferrari team Formula Racing is visiting CHGP. After winning the ELMS series this past season, the Formula Racing debuted this year’s Le Mans, with great success. The Danish race crew, Johnny Laursen, Christina Nielsen and Mikkel Mac drove the team’s Ferrari 458 Italia up to an impressive sixth place in the GTE Am class.
In addition to the Royal Pro / Am the race program for Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix contains all five historic racing classes, as well as the modern DTC series (Danish Thunder Sport Championship) and the eye-catching and entertaining Legend Cars.
It’s the fourth time that Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix is visiting Bellahoj Park, and the 16th time that the motorsport event is held in Copenhagen. And the area around the 2.6 km long racetrack becomes a colorful palette of exhibits, family activities and memorable adventures. Just under a month before the race starts, several of the historic racing classes have reached their capacity, while there are just a few available spots in the remaining. The race registration is higher than ever, and with the charity event Race for Riget, a motorsport experience beyond the ordinary awaits all guests at Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix.
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