Latest column – IMSA, Danish Thundersports and F1


It has certainly been a great couple of weeks for the Magnussen clan – both for my racing at Mid-Ohio and back home in Denmark, plus Kevin’s latest performance in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Firstly for my “proud Dad” moment – Kevin is just having an amazing year at Haas F1 and his performance at the Spanish Grand Prix was again very impressive.

He had a faultless race to bring home another strong points haul. We’ve just had the first European race of the season, and he already has the same amount of points that he scored for Haas for the entire 2017 season – a total of 19.

Barcelona has been great for Kevin in the past, it was the venue where he scored his World Series by Renault championship back in 2013.

I’m looking forward to the upcoming races and hope to make it to a grand prix soon to see him in action.

While he was busy scoring points in Spain, my Danish Thundersports Championship season kicked off at home.

I finished the weekend with a win, a second and a third from the three races and now hold the lead in the championship.

This year I will again have to miss one round due to a clashing weekend with the Road America IMSA race, so I have to take advantage of every point I can get.

The way the points system works, you get to drop your worst scores but for me I already know which weekend that will be for me.

So every race weekend I’ll need to be at the top of my game in my Camaro. The races are short; the tracks are tight – you really have to be aggressive all day while also trying to keep out of trouble at the same time, so collecting points each weekend will be a challenge.

We’ve got another couple of races before I switch back in Corvette mode as we prepare for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Mid-Ohio was a fun weekend for Antonio Garcia and me. We came away with a third-place finish which was great, but what was even more fun was the great battle with Ford guys.

Our car was pretty good on long runs, and the Corvette Racing crew was amazing as always on the pit stops. I had a huge fight with Joey Hand after the second stop and had to use a bit of traffic to stay ahead.

Sometimes you need to use a bit of prototype traffic to your advantage. At one stage we were side by side down the back straight with one of the ESM Nissan’s going by on the outside. I managed to tuck back in behind the prototype after he went by and probably stole a couple of thousands of a second in the tow.

It was just enough to hold the outside into the right-hander to then hold the advantage into the following left.

I was able to get up to third spot when Richard Westbrook got delayed with one of the prototypes. The competition level in the GTLM class is so high it was great to score a podium for Corvette in such a close class.

Next up for Corvette Racing is Le Mans where we certainly have some unfinished business after last year.

We came so close to the win on that last lap that we’re so keen to be back up there – this time with Mike Rockenfeller joining us in France too.

But just because we were fast last year, means nothing for 2018. We had a test recently at Road America; we’ll be doing a lot of miles in the sim and entire crew at Corvette Racing will be working hard on our package at the Le Mans test day as we prepare for the race.