This weekend is the second round of the 2019 TCR Scandinavia Touring Car Championship, and the racing will take place at the famous Scandinavian Raceway, at Anderstorp.
After a thrilling start to the season a month ago at Knutstorp, the teams and drivers will be ready to take on what’s now Sweden’s second longest circuit of the season, which traditionally is favourable for the saloon-shaped, long wheelbase Audi.
And going in, it’s an Audi driver who leads the standings, with Andreas Wernersson having had a strong first weekend with his new team, the Brink Motorsport operation, winning the second race at Knutstorp in his RS 3 LMS at the beginning of May.
His closest rival, just two points behind, is Andreas Ahlberg, who had his strongest weekend to-date in Scandinavian touring cars, making the most of the mixed conditions at Knutstorp to score high, qualifying in second place and finishing on the podium in Race 2 in the Micke Kågered Racing-run Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR.
Joint-third in the standings is Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky and Tobias Brink. Åhlin-Kottulinsky had a strong start to her campaign, securing her first career pole position for PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team for the opening round, and going on to win the first race ahead of her experienced team-mate Robert Dahlgren. Meanwhile, Brink had a strong pair of races in his Audi, ensuring the team also came away from Knutstorp with the lead of the teams’ standings, which they’ll be aiming to defend against their chief rivals PWR Racing this weekend.
Brink himself also has fond memories of Anderstorp, which was the scene of his first career victory in Scandinavian touring cars this time last year.
Robert Dahlgren, arguably the hands down favourite for the 2019 title, had a mixed first weekend at Knutstorp, with a second-place finish in Race 1 as his highlight, while a penalty in Race 2 deprived him of the opportunity of leading the standings after the first meeting of the year.
There’s no doubt Dahlgren will be aiming to make up for that sluggish start this weekend in his bright purple, Skelleftea Kraft-backed Cupra TCR.
The TCR Scandinavia Touring Car Championship also welcomes three new entries this weekend, with Jonas Lynge joining the grid in an Insight Racing entered Honda Civic TCR, in addition to Louise Frost’s Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR.
Also joining the grid will be Danish racer Kim Lund in a Madbull Racing prepared Cupra TCR DSG.
Yesterday’s surprise announcement was the first Hyundai in TCR Scandinavia, which will be run by Target Competition. The South Tyrol-based team will field an i30 N TCR for their TCR Europe series regular Jessica Bäckman, with the 21-year-old making a one-off return to the Swedish racing scene, after racing a Volkswagen last year.
Anderstorp entry list
No – Driver – Team – Car
2 – Robert Dahlgren – PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team – Cupra TCR
3 – Andre Kiil – Brovallen Design – Audi RS 3 LMS
4 – Andreas Wernersson – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS
6 – Jonas Lynge – Insight Racing – Honda Civic FK2 TCR
7 – Kim Lund – Madbull Racing – Cupra TCR DSG
11 – Louise Frost – Insight Racing – Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR
17 – Tomas Engström – Micke Kågered Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
19 – Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky – PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team – Cupra TCR
20 – Mattias Andersson – Honda Racing Sweden – Honda Civic FK2 TCR
21 – Andreas Ahlberg – Micke Kågered Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
22 – Albin Wärnelöv – Experion Racing Team – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
26 – Jessica Bäckman – Target Competition – Hyundai i30 N TCR
51 – Hannes Morin – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS
59 – Peter “Poker” Wallenberg – Poker Racing For Charity – Cupra TCR
71 – Tobias Brink – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS
Saturday 1st June
09:00 – Test 1
11:40 – Test 2
14:40 – Qualifying 1
15:05 – Qualifying 2
Sunday 2nd June
09:00 – Warm up
12:35 – Race 1 (12 laps)
15:20 – Race 2 (12 laps)