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Richard Göransson secure perfect STCC weekend to claim championship lead

 

Richard Göransson made a perfect Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) weekend at Falkenberg with pole position and two victories to claim the championship lead going into the summer break.

 

“This has been an amazing weekend where the team has given me a perfect car and I have not put a wheel wrong. The feeling is great to head into the summer break in the lead,” said Richard Göransson.

 

The first race saw Göransson starting from pole and heading the field from lights to flag, despite hard pressure from both team-mate Robert Dahlgren and SEAT rival Johan Kristoffersson in very wet conditions.

 

The chaotic second race had Göransson starting tenth and working his way up through the field to win by close to nine seconds.

 

While Göransson had the perfect weekend, team-mate Dahlgren had a nightmare weekend. He was eliminated in race one by Emma Kimiläinen, who received a drive through penalty for the incident, and was forced to retire in the second race following a puncture.

 

“I am thoroughly disappointed to have two non-finishes that were beyond my control. It feels even worse as I really felt we had the potential to challenge for the win in both races. But there is no point digging into this, I will be back to fight hard in the next race,” said Robert Dahlgren.

 

Prince Carl Philip secured his best result of the season with fourth in the second race and eighth in the first race, climbing to tenth position in the championship.

 

“This has been a chaotic race weekend with a lot of ups and downs. I feel that we could have got more from the weekend, but I am still pleased with my Q1 result and fourth in the second race,” said Prince Carl Philip.

 

The result from the weekend at Falkenberg has brought Göransson up into the championship lead while Dahlgren drops to second, 47 points from Göransson with three races remaining of the 2016 STCC season.

 

“We should be pleased when winning both races and extending the championship lead. But it feels like we leave Falkenberg with lost points to what we had the potential to with three cars. The only consolation is that the “right” driver claimed maximum points, keeping in mind of Dahlgren’s WTCC agenda that potentially could mean that he misses the last two STCC races,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.

 

STCC resumes on August 13-14th at Karlskoga Motorstadion.

 

STCC Falkenberg

Circuit: Falkenbergs Motorbana

Length: 1843 m

Lap record (STCC): 0:43.283, Ekblom

 

Results

Race 1 – Top 5

1 Richard Göransson Volvo S60 27 laps

2 Johan Kristoffersson SEAT León +0.217

3 Linus Ohlsson Nissan SE +3.483

4 Björn Wirdheim Saab 9-3 +6.001

5 Daniel Haglöf SEAT León +14.887

8 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +26.931 DNF Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60

 

Race 2 – Top 5

1 Richard Göransson Volvo S60 27 laps

2 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +8.631

3 Rasmus Mårthen Ford Mondeo +8.921

4 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +19.695

5 Johan Kristoffersson SEAT León +1 lap

DNF Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60

 

Q1 – Top 5

1 Richard Göransson Volvo S60 43.180

2 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.120

3 Johan Kristoffersson SEAT León +0.217

4 Emma Kimiläinen SEAT León +0.295

5 Björn Wirdheim Saab 9-3 +0.439

6 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +0.463

 

Q2 – Top 5

1 Rasmus Mårthen Ford Mondeo 43.939

2 Linus Ohlsson Nissan SE +0.028

3 Richard Göransson Volvo S60 +0.492

4 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.809

5 Johan Kristoffersson SEAT León +0.919

8 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +6.180

 

TV Schedule

Sweden: SVT2 – 18:10 11/7

Live online: http://bit.ly/29jLagV

 

Championship standings

Drivers – Top 5

1 Richard Göransson Volvo S60 226 points

2 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 179 (-47)

3 Johan Kristoffersson SEAT León 167 (-59)

4 Daniel Haglöf SEAT León 106 (-120)

5 Björn Wirdheim Saab 9-3 101 (-125)

10 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 47 (-179)

 

Team – Top 5

1 Polestar Cyan Racing 410 points

2 SEAT Dealer Team 282 (-128)

3 Flash Engineering 217 (-193)

4 Dacia Dealer Team 112 (-198)

5 Brovallen Design 73 (-337)

 

2016 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship Entry List

Driver – Team – Car

Robert Dahlgren – Polestar Cyan Racing – Volvo S60

Richard Göransson – Polestar Cyan Racing – Volvo S60

Carl Philip Bernadotte – Polestar Cyan Racing – Volvo S60

Johan Kristoffersson – PWR Racing – SEAT León

Emma Kimiläinen – PWR Racing – SEAT León

Daniel Haglöf – PWR Racing – SEAT León

Björn Wirdheim – Flash Engineering – Saab 9-3

Reuben Kressner – Flash Engineering – Saab 9-3

Linus Ohlsson – Flash Engineering – Saab 9-3

Mattias Andersson – Dacia Dealer Team – Dacia SE

Rasmus Mårthen – Brovallen Design – Ford Mondeo

 

Scandinavian Touring Car Championship 2016 Calendar

31-1/5 Skövde Airport Race

26/5 Mantorp Park

18-19/6 Anderstorp

09-10/7 Falkenberg

13-14/8 Karlskoga

02-03/9 Solvalla

23-24/9 Knutstorp

 

About Polestar

Polestar is the performance brand of Volvo Cars. The company was founded as a motorsport team in 1996 and has been successful in numerous championships, racing with various Volvo models. In 2009, Polestar started to offer performance related products and thereby intensified the business relations with Volvo Cars. The first performance cars, based on Volvo’s S60 and V60, were launched in 2014.

 

In 2015, Volvo Cars acquired the performance unit of Polestar, as a strong commitment towards a credible performance offer and with the mission to define future premium performance.

 

About Cyan Racing

Cyan Racing is the motorsport partner to Polestar. The company is owned by Christian Dahl and handles all motorsport operations of Polestar. Cyan Racing, formerly named Polestar Racing, has claimed five STCC drivers’ titles and seven STCC teams’ titles with the Volvo 850, S40, C30 and S60.

 

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