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Kasper Jensen dominates first Padborg Park race from pole

Reigning TCR Denmark champion Kasper Jensen was unstoppable in the first race of the weekend at Padborg Park, beating title rival Mike Halder by close to six seconds over the finish line.

The GMB Motorsport driver started from pole, made a strong start and never looked back.

His team-mate Gustav Birch, who started second, soon came under pressure from Jensen’s title rival Mike Halder.

The TPR Motorsport driver made a strong move on the outside of Birch into Turn 1 to snatch second place, but was then unable to make up any ground on Jensen.

Birch had to defend third place from Cupra driver Nicolai Sylvest who made a strong charge from sixth on the grid. But Sylvest was unable to get past and had to settle for fourth.

Jensen won the race by 5.7 seconds ahead of Halder and 8.5 seconds ahead of Birch.

Sylvest crossed the finishing line in fourth ahead of fellow Cupra driver Michael Markussen, while Alfa Romeo driver Jacob Mathiassen rounded off the top six.

Anton Bergström, who started fourth, had a tough race and dropped down to finish seventh.

The second race of the weekend starts at 18:45 CEST.