Danish racer Kim Nielsen took an impressive second place at last weekends Belgian GP race at Kampenhout with his Team Durango DEX210 buggy and we got a few sage words from the cool and calm Danish guy to find out a little more about him.
How long have you been racing the Durango cars?
I have been racing the cars for almost a year. I didnt have much time to practice with them, so I almost only got to run the race’s there’s been in denmark, but in my opinion I think the durango cars are the best cars on the market at this moment.
Did you attend Belgium GP before or is this your first time:?
If I remember right, I have been at the BGP 6 or 7 years! And the last 3-4 years I have been in the A final – sometimes in the top 3 in both classes.
What is your usual race surface like?
Well the past few years all the tracks in denmark have been made as carpet tracks (not astroturf), my opinion as that it’s a bit boring. I prefer the dirt tracks – if you have good driving skills you really can dominate on dirt.
We only have 1 astro track in denmark, and yeah its the best track in denmark also. The track is in odense, where the nordic championship was held few years ago.
Did you drink as much during the weekend as the other Danish guys?
No! Not even close to it. I was staying in the ibis hotel, and had to drive the 20km everyday, so i could not drink like the rest of the Danes. (probably a good thing!)
How long have you been racing and what was your first car?
I started racing when I was 5 – that’s 19years ago! But yeah, I was just with my father out practising for fun, and first started racing for real when I was 10 years old. I think the car I used there was one of the first Losi 2wd, I can’t remember the name of it, maybe XX.
Which classes do you currently race?
I’m racing 2wd and 4wd 10th scale off road. I haven’t been racing the 2wd for along time before this year. When Team Durango came out with the DEX210, I was like, now I have dominated the 4wd class in denmark so long, so why not try something else!
I still drive 4wd for fun in denmark, but there’s not many racing 4wd in denmark any more, so I focus on 2wd mostly.
Whats your best race result?
Well that must be this last weekend when I put my car 2nd at the BGP. Or maybe when I finished 2nd at the nordic championship 2011 in 4wd.
Best track /meeting ever?
Well this last BGP was a great race for me, finally got the speed to get in the top. And then the meeting earlier this year called DHI-CUP, with a bit more training and car preparation I could have been in top 3 both classes.
|Kim also made the A-Final with his DEX410 V3 buggy in stealthy paint colours.|
Who are your sponsors?
I only have a local shop here in denmark who sells durango – arracing.dk, and they sponsor me a little, so I really am looking for some more sponsorship. I know its very hard to get sponsored by any car product company, but I really hope that I can get more sponsorship, so I could find money to go to the worlds and euro’s plus the EOS. I want to show the world that I can drive, because I think I have got what it takes
Thanks to Kim for giving us his time and good luck in the future.
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