Richard Goransson takes the title for BMW in Sweden. Munich, 7th October 2010. After a thrilling Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) season, a familiar face in the BMW family has again taken top honours in the drivers' classification: ...
Richard Goransson takes the title for BMW in Sweden.
Munich, 7th October 2010. After a thrilling Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) season, a familiar face in the BMW family has again taken top honours in the drivers' classification: WestCoast Racing's Richard Goransson (SE), in a BMW 320si WTCC, won the title by finishing fourth and third respectively in the two heats in the final round held at Mantorp (SE). With this result he has again underlined the competitiveness of the cars from the BMW customer racing's product range. Having won the 2004, 2005 and 2008 titles -- each time in a BMW race car -- his latest success marks the 32-year-old's fourth championship victory in the popular Swedish touring car series.
As in the past, the key to this year's championship was Goransson's consistency. He failed to score points just once in 18 races. On his way to victory the driver from Orebro (SE) notched up three wins, ten podium places and three fastest laps. However, Volvo driver Robert Dahlgren (SE) went into the title showdown with a five-point advantage after an identical victory count.
Goransson, however, kept his nerve as he collected the points required to overtake his compatriot, going on to end the season with 251 points to the 249 of second-placed Dahlgren. BMW driver, Thed Bjork (SE), took two wins in a strong second half of the season for Flash Engineering, finally finishing in the top five of the drivers' classification.
"This is my greatest championship victory. We have been such a close team this year and that is typical WestCoast Racing," said Goransson. "This has been a tough season, STCC is one of the toughest touring car championships in the world, and this year we stepped down to a one car team. We have held it together all year. The car has been perfectly prepared, it never broke down and it has been fast at every track."
Dick Jonsson Wigroth, Team Principal of WestCoast Racing, added: "We have never had such a great team victory as this one. We had to prove it was possible to win this championship with just one car and we did it. Richard Goransson is one of the few drivers who can bring out that little extra something when it's really needed, and that is what makes a great champion. Mission impossible is completed."
Goransson's win in the STCC brings him closer to yet another coveted trophy, namely the BMW Sports Trophy. The Swede claimed this prize, awarded by BMW since the 1960s in recognition of the exploits of BMW privateer drivers around the world, in 2004. This year the prize will once again be awarded at the traditional ceremony in December with the best-placed drivers receiving a total purse of 250,000 Euros.