The Swedes dominate on home ground as Danes are unlucky Dahlgren and Goransson win, while Magnussens crashes twice Round two of the new Scandinavian Touring Car Cup that will eventually see the Danish Touringcar Championship and the Swedish ...
The Swedes dominate on home ground as Danes are unlucky
Dahlgren and Goransson win, while Magnussens crashes twice
Round two of the new Scandinavian Touring Car Cup that will eventually see the Danish Touringcar Championship and the Swedish Touring Car Championship merge into one series was held at the street circuit in Gothenberg, where Robert Dahlgren extended his championship lead with a win in the first race, while Richard Goransson moved into second place in the standings following his win in the second race.
On home ground the Volvo team set the pace during practice, but in the qualifying session they were challenged by Jan Magnussen, who was racing a Chevrolet Lacetti for the first time. The Dane split Robert Dahlgren and Tommy Rustad, Norway, in the fight against the stop watch.
At the start of race one Robert Dahlgren took the lead, while Tommy Rustad managed to overtake Jan Magnussen to move into second place. Mattias Andersson, Sweden, got into fourth place with his Alfa Romeo 156, which was trailed by Fredrik Ekblom, Dick Sahlen, Casper Elgaard and Jan Nilsson. The latter crashed into the barriers and brought out the first safety car episode of the day, while Casper Elgaard damaged his car in a collision, gaining a drive through penalty in the process.
Midway through the race Tommy Rustad got his Volvo C30 into a giant slide in the left-right combination at the end of the main straight, which saw him being passed by Jan Magnussen in an episode, where the Dane made contact with the Volvo, eventually correcting its direction. Jan Magnussen looked like taking second place, but in the very last corner, his left front wheel suddenly parted company with his car, and although he managed to cross the line, he was passed by Mattias Andersson, Fredrik Ekblom, Dick Sahlen, Richard Goransson and Robert Schlunssen.
Finishing the first race in eighth place, Patrik Olsson had qualified for pole position for race two, which he also led initially. Behind him, the pair of Jan Magnussen and Robert Schlunssen tangled when entering the first corner, and the former driver was sent sideways across the track and into retirement. Robert Schlunssen managed to hold onto second place in front of Richard Goransson and Fredrik Ekblom, but as he was given a drive through penalty, Richard Goransson gained second place. The BMW driver closed onto the tail of Patrik Olsson, and he managed to find a way past the Volkswagen Scirocco to take the lead.