Stomach Virus Halts Victor’s Charge
Super Production Class
Victor Jensen – Honda Jazz
Unixx TR-Motorsport’s young Danish prodigy Victor Jensen was competing for the second time at Bang Saen, in 2017 the young Viking was racing a Toyota Vios in the One Make Race Series held during the Bang Saen Festival of Speed.
This year Victor was in the more powerful TR-Motorsport Honda Jazz, and although a big jump in horsepower from the Toyota the transition was effortless as he soon got to grips with the unforgiving street circuit.
First practice didn’t start well as Victor soon lost power steering due to an electrical issue followed by a number of accidents bringing out the red flag and ending the session, with Victor only managing one full race pace lap, albeit hindered by the steering issue.
The steering issue could not be rectified by the second practice session but Victor still managed to post several competitive laps over 10 seconds faster than his Toyota Vios times the previous year. He ended the session in a commendable 6th place. The team of mechanics headed by Sven Thummel then set about fixing the steering issue before qualifying session the next day.
While the mechanics were busy in the pits Victor and his coach Thomas Raldorf studied the data from the car and compared it against previous years data and walked the track to find ways to eke out a few more tenths and improve Victors racing lines on the tight and twisty circuit.
The data analysis and track walk definitely worked as a fired up Victor blew away the more senior opposition to take Pole Position with a time that was 4 seconds faster than his best lap in free practice.
As the lights went green Victor struggled to get the car off the line and fell back to 3rd place, over the next few laps the young driver regained focus, pushing hard at every corner and was soon on the tail of 2nd place. Victor pulled out of the slipstream to get alongside and narrowly beat him into the next corner to take the position.
The lead car was 7 seconds down the track and Victor was on the hunt closing the gap to just 2 seconds after only a few laps, however, the Bang Saen street circuit is notoriously difficult to pass on and a wayward backmarker held up his charge dropping him back 6 seconds from Khun Yotsaron in the lead Honda City.
With only a few laps remaining the determined Viking pushed again taking the fastest lap of the race but was unable to catch the eventual winner, Khun Yotsaron of Tein Team Thailand. Both Victor and the team were very happy with the 2nd place after all the steering issues that had plagued the preparation to the race.
Victor had been suffering from a stomach virus all week which had abated as the weekend approached, however, the virus returned after Race 1 and intensified overnight leaving Victor light headed and lethargic, the decision was made by his coach Thomas that he was unfit to race and the car was removed from the grid. A big loss of points but the right decision was made, with Victor promising a big weekend for rounds 5 & 6 at the Bira International Circuit from August 31st – September 2nd.
The team would like to thank their gracious sponsors, Unixx Lubricants, Planet Porsche, Amber Food & Grapes, AKA Traders, SEARA Sports, Sky Marine Group, SCAN Global Logistics, Retox Group, Inspire Thailand, B-Quik Racing, Freem Thailand, PFC Brakes, MOGIT, Industrial Cutting Services, Grover Grover Tailors, BK Racing Clutch, Human i.t. and Thai Visa.
Victor would like to say a special thanks to the 100s of fans and well-wishers who followed him over the weekend.