Fredrik Ekblom’s STCC weekend in Falkenberg went from crash to victory after a strong team effort to repair the triple STCC champion’s Volvo between the two races. ”I am deeply impressed by the team that got the car together after the crash, I didn’t think I would make it to the second race. This is one of the best victories in my career,” said Ekblom.
Ekblom recorded the fastest ever lap time by an STCC car on the Falkenberg circuit and claimed pole for the second race. The first race ended early though as Richard Göransson slid into him, forcing them both to retire. Ekblom’s car was heavily damaged and the team faced a race against time to repair the car for the second race.
With just minutes before the second race, Ekblom’s car was ready and the Volvo Polestar Racing driver pulled up a commanding lead in the race, as well as setting the fastest lap. Ekblom crossed the line ahead of main title rival and BMW driver Fredrik Larsson.
”It is one thing to get the car on four wheels and another to get it fast. It feels awesome to come back from the crash to set the fastest lap and win,” said Ekblom.
Falkenberg turned out to be a challenging weekend for Thed Björk with third in the first race but a puncture and ninth place in the second race.
”If you start further down the field you get into trouble. The flow and the speed wasn’t really there this weekend. Third in the first race was okay, but the puncture was not much to do about in the second race. I am going to reload and get back for Knutstorp after the summer break,” said Björk.
Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte had a tough race weekend as well where he collided with Linus Ohlsson in the first race but still managed to secure tenth place and a championship point. The second race saw him just as Björk get a puncture and crossed the line in tenth place thanks to a fast pitstop to change tyre.
”It has been a tough weekend, but a tough weekend where I still managed to get some points with me. I had a good pace in the races and I bring that with me to the Knutstorp race in August,” said Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte.
Ekblom gains on Larsson in the drivers’ championship and is ten points behind. Björk loses one spot to third and is 26 points behind Larsson. STCC enters the summer break and resumes action on August 23 at Knutstorp.
”The mechanics has done an amazing job to get Ekblom out for the second race and especially that they managed to deliver a car that was fastest of all in the STCC field. The championship has turned out to be very close at mid-point of the season and we are looking forward to an exciting battle in the remaining races,” said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director of Volvo Cars.
Results Race 1 – Top 5
1 Philip Forsman BMW SR 27 laps
2 Emma Kimiläinen Saab 9-3 +0.329
3 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +1.989
4 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR +3.173
5 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +8.117
10 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +1 lap
DNF Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60
Results Race 2 – Top 5
1 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 27 laps
2 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR +1.360
3 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +11.068
4 Mattias Lindberg Kia Optima +11.779
5 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 +12.918
9 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +1 lap
10 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +3 laps
Length: 1843 m
Lap record (STCC): 0:43.283, Fredrik Ekblom (2014)
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Calendar 2014 STCC
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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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