Robert Dahlgren has won the 2019 TCR Scandinavia Touring Car Championship drivers’ title, with the PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team driver adding to his 2017 STCC title after a consistent run over the weekend, while there were some dramatic races with Mattias Andersson and Andreas Wernersson sharing the day’s two wins.

It was still a day for celebration for the Brink Motorsport team, despite not being able to take the drivers’ title with their contenders Tobias Brink or Wernersson, with the Audi squad securing the teams’ title in their third year of touring car racing.

In Race 1, Tobias Brink led the way from pole position in his Audi RS 3 LMS, while Mattias Andersson leapt straight up to second in his Honda Civic TCR ahead of Dahlgren’s Cupra, with the two drivers pulling away at some pace from the 2017 champion.

Daniel Haglöf meanwhile was running in fourth in his PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team entry, holding back the Brink Audi of Andreas Wernersson, who was sandwiched between two Cupras, with Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky in her SEAT Dealer Team – PWR Racing Cupra just behind.

Up front, as the race drew to the close, Andersson began to close up on Brink, and Brink went on the defensive.

Andersson had a run down the inside at Turn 1 on the penultimate lap, but Brink was able to cover the Honda driver off, but on the final lap, Andersson saw the opportunity for a final corner lunge down the inside, and the two made contact through the exit, with Andersson coming out on top, winning the race by seven-tenths of a second.

The championship was still open, with Brink now 17 points adrift of Dahlgren, meaning he needed to win or finish second to stand any chance of overhauling him in the second race, while Brink Motorsport now led the teams’ points by 20 points going into the finale.

In Race 2, it was Andreas Wernersson’s turn to start from pole position, and he got away well ahead of Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky’s Cupra.

Andersson was on the move again though, with the Honda driver getting the jump on Haglöf’s Cupra off the line, before passing Åhlin-Kottulinsky’s car down the back straight and was quickly up to second.

This time, there was no chance to make the same move on Wernersson as he did Brink in Race 1, with Wernersson showing good pace and keeping the lead all the way to the finish.

Haglöf soon dropped behind team-mate Dahlgren and was defending against Brink, who had to fight his way forwards to have any chance of winning the championship.

The two came together on lap seven, with Brink’s car left in the barriers, at which point the title was confirmed as Dahlgren’s – while Haglöf was swiftly handed a drive-through penalty which dropped him to ninth in the final order, meaning Brink Motorsport were able to comfortably take the teams’ title.

Wernersson’s win was his fourth of the season, one more than Dahlgren, but the title was Dahlgren’s, securing the championship by 29 points, while Brink Motorsport won the teams’ title by the same margin over PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team, last year’s champions.

The 2020 championship will get underway at the Knutstorp circuit on May 15th-16th, as the championship moves ahead with a new promoter and refreshed calendar for its second season.

Robert Dahlgren, #2 PWR Racing Cupra TCR, champion, said:
“I just did what I’ve done all year, and try and take points, and if I had the car that could win, I’d have gone for the win. We didn’t have the car today for it due to the compensation weight, which is boring to talk about, but around this particular track it hurts quite a bit.

“I heard I won the title on the radio before I saw that Brink was out, and that was the first time this year I’ve lost focus. I dropped about 3-4 seconds, I forgot to put the throttle down.

“It’s been a close year. It’s been really quick up at the front all year, and we’ve had to bring our A-game every weekend. I’m so happy for the entire team, as we’ve worked really hard, even when we’ve been quick we’ve worked to try and go quicker.”

Mattias Andersson, #20 Honda Racing Sweden Civic TCR, Race 1 winner, said:
“The car felt very good since this morning (when we were fastest), and I was confident I had quite a good race car. In Race 1, we had a good start but I couldn’t get around Brink, and he was driving very hard at the beginning, and I saw in the mirrors that Robert was not there.

“When it was four laps to go, I decided to get closer if it was possible, and with two laps to go I had a good slipstream on the straight but he blocked very defensively on the inside.

“I saw he had a problem with brakes and had a bad exit around the back. My plan was to do the same on the last lap, and I went in and he blocked very directly.

“Of course, he was thinking of the championship and he blocked a lot, and I took a chance. Of course, he’s not happy, I understand, I’d be the same, but that’s racing. I’ve had the lead a couple of times into the last corner and lost it myself, so I know how it feels.”

“(In Race 2) I overtook Haglöf at the first corner, and then Mikaela at the first long straight, but maybe I pushed too hard to catch Wernersson in the first few laps. We were quite close when there were 4-5 laps to go, but he didn’t make any mistakes, and compared to the first race when Tobias started to defend, (Andreas) didn’t, however, I’m happy, I wanted a win, but we couldn’t quite get close enough.”

Andreas Wernersson, #4 Brink Motorsport Audi, Race 2 winner, said:
“When we couldn’t make the title, we made some new aims, so for the team it was important to win the teams’ championship, and then my engineer Ronnie Bergström told me I had to win now, as then I’d win the most wins of the season, so we drove for that, and the car was good, the guys did a fantastic job. Of course, Mattias was strong, and I was sweating a little bit in the middle of the race, but I was fast enough to hold him back.”

Race 1 result

1 – Mattias Andersson – Honda Racing Sweden – Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR – 14 laps
2 – Tobias Brink – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 0.731
3 – Robert Dahlgren – PWR Racing SEAT Dealer Team – Cupra TCR – 6.866
4 – Daniel Haglöf – PWR Racing SEAT Dealer Team – Cupra TCR – 11.351
5 – Andreas Wernersson – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 11.775
6 – Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky – SEAT Dealer Team PWR Racing – Cupra TCR – 12.232
7 – Andreas Ahlberg – Micke Kågered Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 16.097
8 – Hannes Morin – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 16.479
9 – Tomas Engström – Micke Kågered Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 17.158
10 – Albin Wärnelöv – Experion Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 17.625
11 – Kristian Sætheren – Insight Racing – Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce – 20.139
12 – Peter ‘Poker’ Wallenberg – Poker Racing For Charity – Cupra TCR – 33.383

Race 2 result

1 – Andreas Wernersson – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 14 laps
2 – Mattias Andersson – Honda Racing Sweden – Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR – 0.744
3 – Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky – SEAT Dealer Team PWR Racing – Cupra TCR – 5.777
4 – Robert Dahlgren – PWR Racing SEAT Dealer Team – Cupra TCR – 11.709
5 – Hannes Morin – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 19.143
6 – Tomas Engström – Micke Kågered Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 20.489
7 – Albin Wärnelöv – Experion Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 21.572
8 – Kristian Sætheren – Insight Racing – Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce – 29.223
9 – Daniel Haglöf – PWR Racing SEAT Dealer Team – Cupra TCR – 29.460
10 – Peter ‘Poker’ Wallenberg – Poker Racing For Charity – Cupra TCR – 36.756
11 – Andreas Ahlberg – Micke Kågered Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 1 Lap
12 – Tobias Brink – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – DNF

Drivers’ championship

1 – Robert Dahlgren – PWR Racing – Cupra TCR – 252
2 – Tobias Brink – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 223
3 – Andreas Wernersson – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 218
4 – Andreas Ahlberg – Micke Kågered Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 196
5 – Mattias Andersson – Honda Racing Sweden – Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR – 189
6 – Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky – PWR Racing – Cupra TCR – 167
7 – Tomas Engström – Micke Kågered Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 60
8 – Hannes Morin – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 59
9 – Albin Wärnelöv – Experion Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 41
10 – Peter ‘Poker’ Wallenberg – Poker Racing For Charity – Cupra TCR – 22
11 – Jessica Bäckman – Target Competition – Hyundai i30 N TCR – 21
12 – Daniel Haglöf – PWR Racing – Cupra TCR – 16
13 – Casper Elgaard – Massive Motorsport – Honda Civic Type R FK7 TCR – 14
14 – Kristian Sætheren – Insight Racing – Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce – 12
15 – Jonas Lynge – Insight Racing – Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR – 7
16 – Tobias Johansson – Brovellen Design – Audi RS 3 LMS – 5
17 – Louise Frost – Insight Racing – Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR – 3
18 – Marco Gersager – Team Hyundai Denmark – Hyundai i30 N TCR – 2
19 – Martin Jensen – Insight Racing – Alfa Romeo Giulitta TCR – 1

Teams’ championship

1 – Brink Motorsport – 443
2 – PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team – 414
3 – Micke Kågered Racing – 263
4 – Honda Racing Sweden – 193
5 – Experion Racing – 46
6 – Insight Racing – 35
7 – Poker Racing For Charity – 33
8 – SEAT Dealer Team – PWR Racing – 24
9 – Target Competition – 21
10 – Massive Motorsport – 14
11 – Brovallen Design – 9
12 – Team Hyundai Denmark – 3

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