Thed Björk is the best placed Volvo driver in second place of the drivers' championship after a victory in the premiere weekend and the 32-year-old got a first taste of the circuit during a press event at Solvalla earlier this week.
"Solvalla is a very technically aggressive circuit, you have to be prepared to work hard with the car on the circuit. Arena circuits suit my driving style really well and that is why I have got high expectations ahead of the weekend," said Björk.
Robert Dahlgren is fourth in the championship ahead of Solvalla and is aiming to improve his second place finish from the premiere race with a victory this weekend.
"Victory is of course my goal. But it is going to be really tough, we have a temporary circuit ahead of us that no one has raced on before with these cars. I think we are going to see some surprises in the result list, but I feel ready and I am really looking forward to the weekend," said Dahlgren.
Linus Ohlsson, the youngest driver of the field, secured two fifth place finishes in the premiere after, according to him self, a mistake during qualifying.
"Revenge is the word for me. I had the speed in the premiere, I claimed the second fatest lap of the race, but we didn't get the timing right in qualifying and that is vital. Circuits like Solvalla suits me really well, it is all about getting the qualifying right and if we do that, everything is there for a really strong weekend for me," said Ohlsson.
Reigning TTA champion and three-time STCC champion Fredrik Ekblom had a tough start to the season with two sixth place finishes.
"Just as Linus, we didn't get it right in qualifying, but we had the pace in the race and a deeper analysis than that is not needed. Ahead of Solvalla it is all about finding those small things that gains you a hundredth of a second here and there so we can qualify high up. The circuit looks great and I have spoken to other drivers who have raced there before as preparation. My focus is locked on the challenge of the weekend and I am going to give it all," said Ekblom.
Prince Carl Philip is not going to take part in the race weekend at Solvalla due to the wedding of Princess Madeleine.
The STCC race weekend at Solvalla is decided through one race of 40 minutes. Half of the race weekends of 2013 features the longer race format while the other half of the race weekends features two heats of 20 minutes per weekend. All races gives the same amount of points.