Robert Dahlgren won the first race of the day in dominant fashion at Jyllandsringen, and fought back for a podium in Race 2 – extending his lead in the drivers’ standings to 21 points heading to the season finale at Mantorp Park next month.

The 39-year-old PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team driver took 45 points over the course of the weekend, leading the way in Race 1 with no threat to his lead, while he battled from sixth to third in Race 2, passing the Honda of Casper Elgaard and then applying pressure on Hannes Morin’s Audi for third, which played its part in a dramatic finish, with Morin and Elgaard crashing out on the final lap.

In the first race, Dahlgren led into Turn 1 in his Cupra TCR, while Casper Elgaard slotted into second in his Massive Motorsport Honda Civic FK7 TCR ahead of the Brink Motorsport Audis of Tobias Brink and Andreas Wernersson.

Elgaard’s car was soon flagged for a penalty however, as the Dane’s Civic had been crawling just before the lights went out, and the four-time Danish touring car champion headed to the penalty lane on lap three, rejoining in sixth, just ahead of Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky’s Cupra.

Dahlgren was just pulling away up front ahead of Brink and Wernersson, with Andreas Ahlberg keeping a watching brief in fourth, with the top four drivers in the championship now running in points order.

Hannes Morin was in fifth in his Brink Motorsport Audi, but a penalty for track limits saw him drop behind both Elgaard’s Honda and Åhlin-Kottulinsky’s Cupra, and he had to settle for seventh, despite battling with the 26-year-old for the final few laps.

Up front, Dahlgren took a comfortable victory by eight seconds ahead of Brink and Wernersson.

In Race 2, it was all change, as the rain hit the track just an hour before, with all the drivers trying to work out whether to start the race on wet or slick Yokohama tyres.

In the end, slicks were the call everyone made, and Morin lined up for his second pole position of the year in the #51 Audi, but an excess of wheelspin on the wet line of the track meant it was outside front-row sitter Andreas Ahlberg who leapt into the lead in his Kågered Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR.

The safety car was out straight away, as Kim Lund, in the Madbull Racing Cupra TCR DSG, hit the puddle on the inside of Turn 1 and speared into fellow Dane Martin Jensen’s Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR, with both cars requiring recovery.

At the restart, Ahlberg led the way ahead of Brink and Wernersson, but a lap later, Wernersson clipped the wall with his Audi and knocked the toe out at the rear, which lost him pace and saw him fall down the order.

Morin was now looking set for his first podium finish in TCR Scandinavia, but on lap ten, Dahlgren shot past Elgaard’s Honda and quickly closed up on Morin, applying pressure on the Brink Motorsport junior driver until the last lap.

With both drivers making a mistake at the final corner on the penultimate lap, this allowed Elgaard back in the game – with the Honda driver firing himself down the inside of Dahlgren and Morin on the straight, but after hitting a wet patch, slid into Morin’s Audi, taking both drivers out, and handing Dahlgren the final podium position.

Dahlgren now leads the standings on 221 points, with Brink 21 points behind. Andreas Ahlberg’s victory sees him keep within reach, just ten points further behind, while Andreas Wernersson is still in mathematical contention, 38 points behind with 55 points to be won in the final round.

Brink Motorsport are also well-placed in the teams’ standings, leading on 385 points, 20 points ahead of PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team.

The next round of the championship is the season finale, which takes place at the Mantorp Park circuit on October 4th-5th.

Robert Dahlgren, #2 PWR Racing Cupra TCR, championship leader, said:
“It was almost a perfect weekend. With the speed we had, I think we almost could have had a perfect weekend here – I had a mega car in both races, and in Race 2 I felt like I could have driven around Hannes (Morin), but he moved under brakes and I wasn’t sure what he would do, and for me it wasn’t worth a third place or a DNF, so I was just hoping he’d make a big enough mistake so I could slip past.

“And then he made a mistake, and Casper (Elgaard) came, and that was that.
“We’re in the game for the drivers’ and teams’ championships – Mantorp Park will be interesting. I feel like I’m driving very well and feel very good in the car, and we have a mega car – I’m just happy when I drive it – I just want to keep racing it.”

Tobias Brink, #71 Brink Motorsport Audi RS 3 LMS, second in standings, said:
“I made a really good start, and I think if it had been dry on the inside I could have attacked (Andreas) Ahlberg for the lead, but after that the race was quite calm. I had better pace, but we made a few mistakes which we’ve paid for.

“I’m really happy to see (team-mate) Hannes (Morin’s) speed – he was in my mirror for the whole race and it’s good to see our junior programme is going well, and he’s just getting quicker and quicker. I felt he really deserved a podium this weekend.

“The goal was to take a few points off Robert coming here, but with that speed, it wasn’t possible and he really deserves it. Bring on Mantorp Park, and we’ll go for it.”

Andreas Ahlberg, #21 Kågered Racing Volkswagen Golf, Race 2 winner, said:
“I was quite happy when I saw the track, as it was dry on the outside, and I just focussed on making a good launch and overtook Hannes (Morin) on the straight.

“I just paced Tobias after that – I think we had more speed if we needed to show it, but it was a very, very important race to score some good points. I was disappointed after the quali yesterday, and it was good to turn it around for the second race.

“A final at Mantorp, with a close championship, it should be that way. I hope to have a good weekend there.”

Race 1 result

1 – Robert Dahlgren – PWR Racing – Cupra TCR – 18
2 – Tobias Brink – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 8.234
3 – Andreas Wernersson – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 8.701
4 – Andreas Ahlberg – Micke Kågered Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 12.119
5 – Casper Elgaard – Massive Motorsport – Honda Civic Type R FK7 TCR – 15.344
6 – Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky – PWR Racing – Cupra TCR – 19.167
7 – Hannes Morin – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 19.623
8 – Mattias Andersson – Honda Racing Sweden – Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR – 27.122
9 – Kristian Sætheren – Insight Racing – Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce – 28.833
10 – Martin Jensen – Insight Racing – Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR – 30.937
11 – Marco Gersager – Team Hyundai Denmark – Hyundai i30 N TCR – 39.890
12 – Kim Lund – Madbull Racing – Cupra TCR DSG – 44.426
13 – Albin Wärnelöv – Experion Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – EXC

Race 2 result

1 – Andreas Ahlberg – Micke Kågered Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 16 laps
2 – Tobias Brink – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 0.806
3 – Robert Dahlgren – PWR Racing – Cupra TCR – 6.270
4 – Mattias Andersson – Honda Racing Sweden – Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR – 9.957
5 – Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky – PWR Racing – Cupra TCR – 10.213
6 – Andreas Wernersson – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – 19.044
7 – Kristian Sætheren – Insight Racing – Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce – 19.328
8 – Albin Wärnelöv – Experion Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 21.054
9 – Marco Gersager – Team Hyundai Denmark – Hyundai i30 N TCR – 24.286
10 – Hannes Morin – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS – DNF
11 – Martin Jensen – Insight Racing – Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR – DNF
12 – Casper Elgaard – Massive Motorsport – Honda Civic Type R FK7 TCR – EXC
13 – Kim Lund – Madbull Racing – Cupra TCR DSG – EXC

Drivers’ standings

1 – Robert Dahlgren – 221
2 – Tobias Brink – 200
3 – Andreas Ahlberg – 190
4 – Andreas Wernersson – 183
5 – Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky – 143
6 – Mattias Andersson – 143
7 – Tomas Engström – 50
8 – Hannes Morin – 45
9 – Albin Wärnelöv – 34
10 – Jessica Bäckman – 21
11 – Peter ‘Poker’ Wallenberg – 21
12 – Casper Elgaard – 14
13 – Kristian Moe Saetheren – 8
14 – Jonas Lynge – 7
15 – Tobias Johansson – 5
16 – Louise Frost – 2
17 – Marco Gersager – 2
18 – Martin Jensen – 1

Teams’ standings

1 – Brink Motorsport – 385
2 – PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team – 365
3 – Micke Kågered Racing – 242
4 – Honda Racing Sweden – 147
5 – Experion Racing – 36
6 – Poker Racing For Charity – 31
7 – Insight Racing – 28
8 – Target Competition – 21
9 – Massive Motorsport – 14
10 – Brovallen Design – 9
11 – Team Hyundai Denmark – 3

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