It was a perfect day for 2017 champion Robert Dahlgren on Saturday for the second round of the 2019 TCR Scandinavia Touring Car Championship at Anderstorp, with the 39-year-old topping every single session on his way to pole position in his PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team Cupra TCR.
Dahlgren led every session throughout the day, setting his best lap in the first part of qualifying to ensure he safely progressed into Qualifying 2, and from there he secured pole position ahead of championship leader Andreas Wernersson’s Brink Motorsport Audi RS 3 LMS.
Qualifying third on the grid was Mattias Andersson in the Honda Racing Sweden Civic TCR, making it three different cars in the top three.
Just behind them was Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky in her PWR Racing Cupra, picking up two championship points in the process to move her one point clear of Tobias Brink, who qualified in fifth.
The Micke Kågered Racing Volkswagens were again strong, with both Andreas Ahlberg and Tomas Engström comfortably in the top eight and securing strong positions on the reversed grid race, but the honour of pole position went to one-off guest driver Jessica Bäckman, who qualified eighth in her Target Competition-run Hyundai i30 N TCR, and so will start tomorrow’s second race ahead of the pack, a week after converting a front row start at Hockenheim into a podium finish in the latest round of the TCR Europe Touring Car Series.
Robert Dahlgren, #2 PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team Cupra TCR, said:
“Today, we wanted to do a really good job, and we had the speed from the first lap, in terms of set-up the car was there, or thereabouts.
“My Q1 lap was good; in Q2 I made a mistake on both my runs, the exact same mistake and at the exact same corner which cost me about two-tenths.
“Looking ahead to tomorrow; our car felt really good this morning in FP1, it felt really racy, so that’s what we’re going back to for tomorrow. Thinking of the race, the Honda is really good at the start and it’s a short run down to Turn 1, but I feel comfortable we’ll be strong in the races.
“My plan tomorrow is to win both races. Or at least get away from here with the most points possible. Today was a good day in terms of the speed of the car, and it’s not very often you can make a mistake and still be on pole position.”
Live timing is available at: https://www.motorsport-events.se/livetimingpccs
No – Driver – Team – Car – Time/Gap
1 – Robert Dahlgren – PWR Racing – Cupra TCR – 1:47.779
2 – Andreas Wernersson – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 0.125
3 – Mattias Andersson – Honda Racing Sweden – Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR – 0.373
4 – Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky – PWR Racing – Cupra TCR – 0.389
5 – Tobias Brink – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 0.524
6 – Andreas Ahlberg – Micke Kågered Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 1.208
7 – Tomas Engström – Micke Kågered Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 1.362
8 – Jessica Bäckman – Target Competition – Hyundai i30 N TCR – 1.423
9 – Albin Wärnelöv – Experion Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 1.467
10 – Hannes Morin – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 1.982
11 – Louise Frost – Insight Racing – Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR – 2.739
12 – Jonas Lynge – Insight Racing – Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR – 2.791
13 – Peter ‘Poker’ Wallenberg – Poker Racing For Charity – Cupra TCR – 3.575
14 – Kim Lund – Madbull Racing – Cupra TCR DSG – 4.224