Volvo Polestar Racing drivers Fredrik Ekblom and Thed Björk head to Knutstorp this weekend to start the final half of the 2014 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, embroiled in a hard fight for the championship lead.
Triple STCC champion Ekblom is the so far best-scoring driver in the team after the first season half with second position in the championship, just ten points behind championship leader and BMW driver Fredrik Larsson.
”I am really pleased with our speed so far this season, but we have unfortunately hit some snags along the way with two zero points. My feeling ahead of Knutstorp is really good though, especially as I claimed pole and a victory here last time. I am driving for victory as always,” said Ekblom.
Closes behind Ekblom is reigning STCC champion Björk who has got 16 points to second place and 26 points to the lead.
”My goal is of course always set on the championship lead, but it is not until the last race in the season finale that it really counts. I am not worried about the gap in the points right now, especially as there are so many points from each weekend. My goal for this race weekend is to score at least one victory,” said Björk.
After a tough start to the season, Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte has scored points in the past three races and is chasing more points at Knutstorp.
”I had a tough season start at Knutstorp in May, I am aiming to turn that around this weekend and continue to score points for the championship,” said Prince Carl Philip.
The STCC weekend at Knutstorp in the south of Sweden starts on Friday with testing and qualifying, followed by two races on Saturday.
STCC Kvällsposten Newsrace Knutstorp
Length: 2079 m
Lap record (STCC): 0:58.364, Fredrik Ekblom (2013)
09:40 – Test 1 (30 min)
10:20 – Test 2 (30 min)
12:35 – Q1 (15 min)
12:55 – Q2 (20 min)
12:10 – Race 1 (25 min)
14:05 – Race 2 (25 min)
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Highlights in SVT2 21:15 Saturday 23/8
2014 STCC Calendar
20/09 Mantorp Park
Championship standings - Top 10
1 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR 135 points
2 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 125 (-10)
3 Thed Björk Volvo S60 109 (-26)
4 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE 98 (-37)
5 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 94 (-41)
6 Linus Ohlsson Kia Optima 75 (-60)
7 Mattias Lindberg Kia Optima 73 (-62)
8 Erik Jonsson BMW SR 60 (-75)
9 Philip Forsman BMW SR 59 (-76)
10 Andreas Wernersson Kia Optima 31 (-104)
13 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 4 (-131)
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