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The Danish National EP 190mm Championships have gotten off to a flying start for Team Serpent Denmark with Nicolai Nielsen taking control of the Super Stock 19T class with victory in the opening two rounds of the six race championship.
The \'08 Championship kicked off at the 2005 European Championship track of Glostrup on May 18th. The race saw Nielsen at the controls of his S400 for the first time on Danish soil and the combination was working really well as he won all three rounds of qualifying with a best run time of 18 laps in 5:03.52 minutes giving him the TQ spot. His run was the best time ever at the track, some 2.1 seconds in front of runner up Bjarke Nyskov.
Powered by batteries from AR Racing Electronics in Denmark and running his Empty Pocket RC Team tuned Team Check Point Money motor, Nielsen was in total control of the final winning all three A-Mains to secure overall victory from Bjarke Nyskov with third going to Nils Jensen.
With just a fortnights break Team Serpent Denmark was off to Round 2 of the championship. This time the venue was in the southern part of the country at Greve where the track is a good mix of both fast and slow corner with interesting up and down hill sections.
Having won the Super Stock division at Round 1 and also enjoying great form in the Euro Touring Series, 2007 Outdoor Champion Nielsen was favourite for a repeat win.
The Top Qualifier at the track last year with an 18 lap run in 5.03 minutes, the Serpent driver quickly beat that time producing a 19 lapper in 5.13.1 in the first qualifier. Unfortunately Nielsen retired from the second round, due to a mistake on lap four that put him in the grass.
In the final round of qualifying Nielsen made his best run and managed to better the TQ time to 19 laps in 5.12 minutes.
From TQ position Nielsen was able to control all three A-Main Legs to take his second National win of the season and once again take the top spot on the podium. Carsten Madsen took the runners up position from young racer Thomas Larsen.
After the prize ceremony Nielsen said, “I’m very happy with the outcome of these two races. Prior to this season I was told that there was to be no competition in the Super Stock class but that is far from the case. Last year I was much faster then the rest of the guys! Last year here in Greve I was around 7 seconds faster then second spot in qualifying – this time out it’s only 1.5 seconds. So this championship is going to be very tough. There is still four legs to go and anything can still happen but so far I’ve just stayed claim and had luck staying on the tarmac and putting in fast laps. It also helps to have a great car in the Serpent S400.”
The next outing for Nielsen will be the final race of the ETS Series in Andernach, Germany on May 28/29th. In contention for the overall ETS title following his win at Round 2 in Vejle, Denmark and his Top 10 finish at Heemstede, the Dane will be giving his all.