Mattias Andersson and Tobias Brink emerged as the winners in two tough races of the TCR Scandinavia Touring Car Championship at Gelleråsen Arena, with drama affecting both title contenders Andreas Wernersson and Robert Dahlgren in the two races.

While it was the PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team Cupra of Robert Dahlgren who had shown the way in qualifying, it was all about the Honda Racing Sweden entry in the first race, with Andersson launching into the lead ahead of Dahlgren into Tröskurvan and never looking back.

Andersson was able to comfortably build a lead over Dahlgren, who had to fight hard to keep back the Kågered Racing Volkswagen of Andreas Ahlberg, while Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky kept a watching brief in her Cupra in fourth.

While the top four held station, the focus, and trouble, was to emerge behind as Tobias Brink, who had managed to get past Tomas Engström’s Volkswagen at the start, was fighting hard to keep the touring car veteran behind him, with the Golf GTI TCR showing a clear advantage in pace.

The two made contact at the Ejes kurva with three laps to go, with the two coming together again at Depåkurvan, with Brink running out wide allowing Engström and Wernersson through.

Wernersson then made a mistake into Tröskurvan, hitting the rear of Engström’s Volkswagen and shoving him off the circuit and down into eighth.

While Wernersson crossed the line fifth, the officials soon handed the Brink Motorsport driver a ten-second penalty, while Engström would get a five-second penalty for his move on Brink himself, shuffling up the final result, with Brink classed in fifth and Albin Wärnelöv securing his best result of the season in sixth.

For the second race, Brink lined up on pole position ahead of Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky, with the two drivers both chasing their second wins of the season.

At the start, from third and fifth on the grid, Ahlberg and Andersson had fantastic getaways, with Ahlberg launching past both team-mate Engström and Åhlin-Kottulinsky’s Cupra to move up into second.

Andersson however wasn’t able to make the most of his start, opting to go down the inside of Engström’s car where they touched on the straight, with Engström’s Volkswagen spinning left out of control and into the front of championship leader Robert Dahlgren’s Cupra, with Engström’s car out on the spot with a broken wheel, and Dahlgren forced to retire with a destroyed radiator.

Up front, Brink held onto the lead ahead their chasing pair of Ahlberg and Åhlin-Kottulinsky, while Andreas Wernersson had been able to make his way past Andersson’s Honda in the fracas at the start and at least salvage some points after the disappointment of Race 1.

Brink won the race by just under a second ahead of Ahlberg, with Åhlin-Kottulinsky completing the podium.

With Dahlgren’s pole position and second place in Race 1, the PWR Racing driver has extended his lead in the drivers’ standings over the course of the weekend to 15 points, but his new rival is now Tobias Brink, who leaps to second in the standings, with Brink’s team-mate Andreas Wernersson slipping to third, three points behind.

PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team had briefly leapt to the lead of the teams’ standings after Race 1, but with Dahlgren’s DNF in Race 2, they fall back to exactly where they started the meeting – 19 points behind heading into the final two rounds of the season

The next round of the championship is the first and only Danish round of the season, which takes place at Jyllandsringen on September 6th-8th.

Mattias Andersson, #20 Honda Racing Sweden Civic, Race 1 winner, said:
“I think that was one of my best wins ever. The car was perfect, it’s not just the start, but today we also had good pace. I was all the way past Robert before the first corner, and after that I got my head down and did a few quick laps and from there we had a strong lead, and then I just wanted to manage my tyres in case he came back at me in the final laps, but he didn’t.

“In Race 2, we made a good start, but the track is narrow and it’s quite a long way down. I saw Tomas was pointing to the left when he stopped on his grid spot, so I expected him to go to the middle.

“When the lights went off, I was side-by-side with him immediately, and then we touched. For me, it’s a racing incident.

“It’s a shame we had a crash at all, but I felt I was 95% past Tomas when the touch happened.

“I was fourth and second in Falkenberg in terms of positions, but to be honest I didn’t have the speed – while our first race win today it was fair to be first, we had the pace and it was a perfect race.”

Tobias Brink, #71 Brink Motorsport Audi RS 3 LMS, Race 2 winner, said:
“This win feels really good. We did a good job, and showed the pace is there. It’s just a shame we didn’t have the pace in the rain yesterday in quali.

“In the dry, we’re absolutely competitive. Race 2 was quite rough, we had a perfect start, and then had to keep back Andreas Ahlberg, despite him having a 60kg lighter car.

“Me and Andreas (Wernersson) are working very well together, and our objective is to win the teams’ championship, and then the team wants to win the drivers’ championship as well. As the team owner, I don’t care if it’s me or Andreas, but of course as a driver, I want to grab the title.”

Robert Dahlgren, #2 PWR Racing Cupra TCR, points leader, said:

“It’s a bummer, as we had a mega car both in the dry and in the wet the whole weekend. We went the wrong direction in Race 1 and changed that back to what we were running before, and I felt like the car was much better on the warm up lap so I think we would have had a mega race.

“It’s very close in the championship, and it can change very quickly. We can rely on the fact we have really good speed, so I think there we have the best package, but you need to bring home the points as well.”

Karlskoga Race 1 result

1 – Mattias Andersson – Honda Racing Sweden – Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR – 17 laps
2 – Robert Dahlgren – PWR Racing – Cupra TCR – 1.939
3 – Andreas Ahlberg – Micke Kågered Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 6.563
4 – Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky – PWR Racing – Cupra TCR – 8.846
5 – Tobias Brink – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 14.239
6 – Albin Wärnelöv – Experion Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 14.590
7 – Hannes Morin – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 18.723
8 – Tomas Engström – Micke Kågered Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 21.069
9 – Andreas Wernersson – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 23.302
10 – Tobias Johansson – Brovellen Design – Audi RS 3 LMS – 28.931
11 – Peter ‘Poker’ Wallenberg – Poker Racing For Charity – Cupra TCR – 34.241
12 – Louise Frost – Insight Racing – Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR – DNS

Karlskoga Race 2 result

1 – Tobias Brink – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 17 laps
2 – Andreas Ahlberg – Micke Kågered Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 0.710
3 – Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky – PWR Racing – Cupra TCR – 1.671
4 – Andreas Wernersson – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 2.143
5 – Mattias Andersson – Honda Racing Sweden – Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR – 2.578
6 – Albin Wärnelöv – Experion Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 9.707
7 – Hannes Morin – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 12.901
8 – Tobias Johansson – Brovellen Design – Audi RS 3 LMS – 21.801
9 – Peter ‘Poker’ Wallenberg – Poker Racing For Charity – Cupra TCR – 41.817
10 – Louise Frost – Insight Racing – Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR – 1 Lap
11 – Tomas Engström – Micke Kågered Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – DNF
12 – Robert Dahlgren – PWR Racing – Cupra TCR – DNF

Drivers’ championship standings

1 – Robert Dahlgren – PWR Racing – Cupra TCR – 176
2 – Tobias Brink – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 161
3 – Andreas Wernersson – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 158
4 – Andreas Ahlberg – Micke Kågered Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 152
5 – Mattias Andersson – Honda Racing Sweden – Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR – 127
6 – Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky – PWR Racing – Cupra TCR – 125
7 – Tomas Engström – Micke Kågered Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 50
8 – Hannes Morin – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 40
9 – Albin Wärnelöv – Experion Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 28
10 – Jessica Bäckman – Target Competition – Hyundai i30 N TCR – 21
11 – Peter ‘Poker’ Wallenberg – Poker Racing For Charity – Cupra TCR – 21
12 – Jonas Lynge – Insight Racing – Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR – 7
13 – Tobias Johansson – Brovellen Design – Audi RS 3 LMS – 5
14 – Louise Frost – Insight Racing – Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR – 3
15 – Andre Kiil – Brovellen Design – Audi RS 3 LMS – 0
16 – Kim Lund – Madbull Racing – Cupra TCR DSG – 0
17 – Alex Andersson – Brovellen Design – Audi RS 3 LMS – 0

Teams’ championship standings

1 – Brink Motorsport – 321
2 – PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team – 302
3 – Micke Kågered Racing – 204
4 – Honda Racing Sweden – 129
5 – Experion Racing – 32
6 – Poker Racing For Charity – 31
7 – Target Competition – 21
8 – Insight Racing – 16
9 – Brovallen Design – 9

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