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Jan Magnussen and Michael Carlsen share Jyllandsringen victories

Jan Magnussen got an almost perfect birthday, scoring two victories in the TCR Denmark races at Jyllandsringen to further extend his points. Michael Carlsen meanwhile scored his first win of the season in the second race.

Magnussen started second in the first race behind his LM Racing team-mate Nicolai Sylvest.

Magnusson got ahead of Sylvest heading into the first corner, with reigning champion Casper Jensen slipping past Sylvest into second place a couple of corners later.

Peugeot 308TCR driver Casper Elgaard started from tenth position on the grid for the first race after failing a post-qualifying ride height check.

Elgaard made strong progress up through the field to finish fourth.

Magnussen won the first race 1.5 seconds ahead of Jensen and 8.2 seconds ahead of his team-mate Sylvest.

Peugeot driver Carlsen started from the reversed grid pole position in the second race and held the lead from lights to flag.

Markussen Racing driver and fellow Peugeot driver Michael Markussen started third and managed to get past René Povlsen at the start.

Markussen then had to defend hard from Elgaard to keep second, but the order remained the same, with Carlsen, Markussen and Elgaard making it a Peugeot 1-2-3.

Povlsen finished fourth for Meteor Racing while Massive Motorsport driver Jensen made a strong charge from ninth to finish fifth.

The LM Racing duo of Magnussen and Sylvest finished sixth and seventh.

Magnussen started from pole in the final race ahead of Jensen, with the grid being decided on the combined results of the first two races.

There was plenty of action at the start, with Magnussen and Jensen making contact in the fight for the lead. Markussen and Elgaard also rubbed panels in the fight for third.

The first lap chaos resulted in a puncture for Jensen who had to pit and lost two laps on the leaders, finishing 15th.

Magnussen pulled up a gap to win the final race by a massive eight seconds ahead of Carlsen, who took advantage of the incidents on the first lap, and nine seconds ahead of Elgaard in third.

Markussen finished fourth ahead of Volkswagen driver Povlsen in fifth, while Sylvest rounded off the top six.

Magnussen has pulled up a big gap in the drivers’ standings on 147 points, with Elgaard a distant second on 93 points and Jensen third on 85 points.

The next TCR Denmark race will take place on August 6-8 during the Copenhagen Grand Prix.