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Jun 20, 2011 | ID: 38837

Strong weekend for James Thompson in STCC, Gothenburg


James Thompson had his best ever STCC (Scandinavian Touring Car Championship) weekend and climbed to fifth in the championship after a strong podium finish in the first race in Gothenburg.
"I am pleased with the results from this weekend, it was a good comeback compared to the two past races," said Thompson.


Thompson was just 14 thousands of a second from pole position in the qualifying session and says that Volvo Polestar Racing has taken a big step forward with the car.

"Credit to the team, the car was really strong this weekend and much more to my liking," said Thompson.

Tommy Rustad managed to score 18 points despite a tough qualifying session and the Norwegian is currently third in the championship.

"We scored valuable points and bearing in mind that we have not raced in wet conditions since 2008, I think that the weekend overall was okay," said Rustad.


Volvo Polestar Racing strengthened the team's championship lead and Thompson is optimistic about the upcoming races at Falkenberg in two weeks.

"The short term goal is a strong weekend in Falkenberg and with a good result there, we will get the opportunity of a really good position regarding the rest of the season," said Thompson.


Drivers Championship - Top 10

1 Rickard Rydell 102 points
2 Fredrik Ekblom 100 points
3 Tommy Rustad 90 points
4 Johan Stureson 67 points
5 James Thompson 62 points
6 Tomas Engström 60 points
7 Jan Nilsson 53 points
8 Roger Eriksson 49 points
9 Colin Turkington 49 points
10 Mattias Andersson 45 points


Teams Championship - Top 5

1 Volvo Polestar Racing 153 points
2 Team 136 points
3 MA:GP/IPS 112 points
4 Chevrolet Sweden 111 points
5 Flash Engineering 102 points


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