Danish star riding high after first win
On the back of last weekend’s maiden victory in the European Rallycross Championship, Danish star Ulrik Linnemann is a relaxed and positive frame of mind in Hungary, and while he would obviously like another win, he is more than aware that six rounds of the championship remain.
One of the most popular drivers in the paddock, Linnemann is now a winner. © Henk de Winter/RallycrossWorld.com
“I’m on pole here which is great, but I think that second place has more grip so it will be close again in the first corner. If I can take the win then I will but in the championship I need points in every race…” said the Dane.
“I like this track more than the one in Austria, this is more Rallycross to me, lots of corners, more gravel. It’s a challenge for the drivers and I enjoy that. I feel very relaxed after the win, it feels good to drive the car and know I can win here,” said the Dane who runs one of the tightest operations in the paddock, his family team operating on a tiny budget with group of small but loyal sponsors. “The sponsors I have are very happy that we had a win and I managed to get some space in the newspapers at home but Rallycross is not on television in Denmark so that makes it very difficult for me to get sponsors because we don’t have a high level publicity.”
With four years on the European championship already under his belt, and now the only Danish driver seen regularly in the ERC, Linnemann can do little but eye the Supercar category enviously. “Of course I would like to drive a Supercar, but at the moment that is not possible because we don’t have the money for it and I don’t think it’s possible to find sponsors in Denmark. If that changes it would be great, but Super1600 is what we can do right now and I enjoy that because the racing is close, it’s very hard in this class at the moment because so many drivers are equal.”