Volvo Polestar firmly remains in STCC-lead

Published on June 4th, 2010

A sunny and dry Karlskoga Motorstadion offered early summer heat (which is still rather chilly for us Malaysians) for the racing teams that are participating and battling it out in the ongoing Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC). After some rather fast qualifying laps, Volvo Polestar driver Robert Dahlgren claimed a second place on the grid, which meant a risky outer line in the start corner. But with the same experience from Knutstorp two weeks ago, Robert managed to defend his position in the start and held it throughout the finish line.

“It went really well. For me, this feels like a victory. I owe a lot to the car, it has real punch on the straights,” said a more than satisfied Robert Dahlgren, who impressively drove as fast as the best BMW-competitors on this track – which just so happens to be the STCC’s most difficult track for regulation conforming front wheel drive cars.

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Robert Dahlgren’s Volvo Polestar teammate, Tommy Rustad on the other hand, had quite a tight first heat, with two minor clashes where one of them resulted in a time penalty which moved him down from a fourth to a rather disappointing ninth place finish.

“It was a misjudgment. Thed went on his brakes harder than I expected while I was trying to slot in right behind him. We touched and he went off,” Rustad explained later on when queried in the pits about what happened on the racing tarmac during the heat.

Heat two was an even tighter affair for the two Volvo Polestar drivers. Starting in the middle of the field and with few overtaking spots, Dahlgren battled hard to finished in eighth place, while Rustad had to eventually settle for tenth.

After adding up the points, Volvo Polestar were a relieved and contented STCC racing outfit, as they remain in the lead in the team championship, with Robert Dahlgren extending his lead in the drivers’ championship.

“This season starts with three away games; three narrow twisty tracks in a row – Jyllandsringen, Knutstorp and Karlskoga (and it’s quite twisty and difficult to pronounce as well). We are very satisfied with being in the lead at this stage of the season,” said Volvo Polestar’s satisfied team manager, Christian Dahl.

The next race is on June 5, this week infact, and on Volvo Polestar’s home turf – the Gothenburg City Race Arena. Incidentally, the city of Gothenburg is also the home of Volvo Cars Corporation.

For a sampling and taste of the thrills and spills of the STCC, watch the film clip from the weekends’ STCC race at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FDQ0cZvm3Y

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STCC DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP 2010 (after 3 of 9 rounds)

1. Robert Dahlgren, Volvo Polestar 98

2. Richard Göransson, WestCoast Racing 87

3. Fredrik Ekblom, Team Biogas.se 67

4. Mattias Andersson, MA:GP/IPS 61

5. Patrik Olsson, Team Biogas.se 54

6. Dick Sahlén, Mattias Ekström Junior Team 50

7. Johan Stureson, MA:GP/IPS 46

8. Jan Nilsson, Flash Engineering 42

9. Thed Björk, Flash Engineering 41

10. Tommy Rustad, Volvo Polestar 28

STCC TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP 2010 (after 3 of 9 rounds)

1. Volvo Polestar 126

2. Team Biogas.se 121

3. MA:GP/IPS 101

4. WestCoast Racing 87

5. Flash Engineering 83

6. Mattias Ekström Junior Team 65

7. Chevrolet Motorsport Sweden 11

8. Huggare Racing 0

Text: Azdee Simon  Pix: Various Sources

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