Brink Motorsport drivers Tobias Brink and Andreas Wernersson both took a win each at Falkenberg, with the team extending their lead in the teams’ title, while Robert Dahlgren extended his drivers’ championship lead over the weekend despite being stripped of the victory in the first race.

In the first race, Dahlgren had a slow getaway from pole position, but with team-mate Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky right behind him in a line, the two drivers kept the inside away from Tobias Brink’s Audi into the first sequence.

Dahlgren had a slow getaway from pole position, but with team-mate Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky right behind him in a line, the two drivers kept the inside away from Tobias Brink’s Audi into the first

Brink tried to battle his way around the outside of Dahlgren’s Cupra TCR at the first turn and the two made contact at the exit of Turn 2, with Brink slotting in between the two Cupras.

The top three then pulled away from Mattias Andersson’s Honda Racing Sweden-run Civic TCR, with Andersson first defending against Andreas Ahlberg’s Volkswagen, and then from Andreas Wernersson’s Brink Motorsport Audi RS 3 LMS from lap two.

Wernersson tried with all his might to find a way past Andersson’s Honda, knowing his chief title rival Dahlgren was set to score big up front, but he was unable to find his way past the Honda, which lost contact with the lead group as he was driving defensively, with the leading trio crossing the line some 20 seconds ahead.

Behind Wernersson was Andreas Ahlberg, who suffered a brief engine blip on lap ten and fell behind his Kågered Racing team-mate Tomas Engström, though Engström ceded back the position at the end of the race.

Dahlgren crossed the line to take the win by 2.4 seconds, but after a post-race protest by Brink Motorsport, he was handed a three-second penalty which gave Brink the victory, his first of the season, with Dahlgren and Åhlin-Kottulinsky completing the podium.

Heading into the second race, it was Wernersson’s turn to start from pole position, and the Brink Audi driver led the way ahead of a fast-starting Mattias Andersson, who drove his Honda Civic TCR into second from third on the grid ahead of Ahlberg’s Volkswagen.

Dahlgren meanwhile had a terrible start and dropped from sixth to eighth, and had it all to do.

Brink, who had muscled his way past Åhlin-Kottulinsky’s Cupra at the start into fourth, damaging her steering as a result, soon passed the Volkswagen of Ahlberg for third, and was handed a warning.
This gave Andersson a brief break, but Dahlgren was now on a charge, quickly passing five cars in succession and closed up to the rear of Andersson’s Honda on lap 12, but that’s when his challenge ended.

Dahlgren then spent the last half of the race exactly as Wernersson had in Race 1, stuck to the rear of Andersson’s Honda, unable to find his way through despite his best efforts.

Wernersson went on to claim the win, his third of the season, while pole winner and Race 1 podium finisher Dahlgren has edged out a nine-point lead in the drivers’ standings.

With two victories for Brink Motorsport, the Eslöv-based team have extended their lead in the teams’ championship to 19 points ahead of last year’s champions PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team.

The next round of the championship takes place at the Gelleråsen Arena near Karlskoga on August 17th-18th.

Tobias Brink, #71 Brink Motorsport Audi RS 3 LMS, Race 1 winner, said:

“We felt that we were treated in a way in which we wouldn’t have treated anyone else. It’s not the way you want to win a race, but I felt that I did a really good start and had good potential to come out P1, but it wasn’t possible after the incident.

“There was a touch from Robert on me, and the first one was OK, but then in corner two, he forces me out of the track, which I didn’t believe was fair racing. You need to leave space, and keep on racing hard, but not push out the other competitor.”

Andreas Wernersson, #4 Brink Motorsport Audi RS 3 LMS, Race 2 winner said:

“Mattias is hard to overtake, but in Race 2 I got the better start and was in front of him, so I could open up a big gap and take the win. A good win, and 25 points, that was what we were aiming for, but sometimes it’s a little hard to have a big lead as you’re waiting for the laps to count down.

“We lost a little bit to Dahlgren this weekend, and we need to find something. They have a bit of an advantage to us now, maybe if I’d passed Mattias earlier on in Race 1, it could have been a different story, as we had good speed this weekend.”

Results Race 1

No – Driver – Team – Car – Time/Difference
1 – Tobias Brink – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 26 laps
2 – Robert Dahlgren – PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team – Cupra TCR – +0.565
3 – Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky – PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team – Cupra TCR – +3.086
4 – Mattias Andersson – Honda Racing Sweden – Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR – +16.789
5 – Andreas Wernersson – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – +17.071
6 – Andreas Ahlberg – Micke Kågered Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – +17.638
7 – Tomas Engström – Micke Kågered Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – +17.914
8 – Albin Wärnelöv – Experion Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – +18.117
9 – Hannes Morin – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – +22.774
10 – Jonas Lynge – Insight Racing – Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR – +23.516
11 – Louise Frost – Insight Racing – Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR – +24.291
12 – Peter ‘Poker’ Wallenberg – Poker Racing For Charity – Cupra TCR – +32.228
13 – Alex Andersson – Brovellen Design – Audi RS 3 LMS – +37.337

Results Race 2

No – Driver – Team – Car – Time/Difference
1 – Andreas Wernersson – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 26 laps
2 – Mattias Andersson – Honda Racing Sweden – Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR – +10.596
3 – Robert Dahlgren – PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team – Cupra TCR – +10.793
4 – Tobias Brink – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – +12.326
5 – Andreas Ahlberg – Micke Kågered Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – +12.889
6 – Tomas Engström – Micke Kågered Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – +13.170
7 – Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky – PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team – Cupra TCR – +17.889
8 – Hannes Morin – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – +18.168
9 – Jonas Lynge – Insight Racing – Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR – +18.828
10 – Peter ‘Poker’ Wallenberg – Poker Racing For Charity – Cupra TCR – +29.443
11 – Alex Andersson – Brovellen Design – Audi RS 3 LMS – +37.319
DNF – Albin Wärnelöv – Experion Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – +18.117
DNF – Louise Frost – Insight Racing – Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR – +24.291

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