The Gelleråsen Arena will host the fifth round of the thrilling 2019 TCR Scandinavia Touring Car Championship this weekend, where the epic title battle between the Brink Motorsport and PWR Racing drivers is set to continue on, after a ferocious encounter before the summer break.
Last time, at Falkenberg, the Brink Motorsport Audi drivers claimed both victories, thanks in part to a post-race penalty handed to 2017 champion Robert Dahlgren, with the PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team driver deemed to have been too heavy handed with Tobias Brink at Turn 2.
The result means that Dahlgren now leads the championship by just nine points ahead of Brink Motorsport’s Andreas Wernersson heading into the weekend at Gelleråsen Arena. The circuit was one of the strongest for the Cupra-equipped PWR Racing team last year, with team owner Daniel Haglöf claiming pole position and victory in Race 1, and where Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky claimed her career-first win in the second race.
The PWR Racing team will be hoping for a similar performance to 2018, as last year’s teams’ champions are still chasing the Brink Motorsport squad in the 2019 teams’ trophy, 19 points behind going into the weekend.
Should the two big teams trip up of course, there are drivers ready to take full advantage. Andreas Ahlberg’s consistency in the last two race meetings, following his first victory at the second round of the season at Anderstorp, have kept the Kågered Racing Volkswagen driver in contention for the title, while Mattias Andersson, who had his best weekend last time out at Falkenberg with second place in Race 2, also finished second at Gelleråsen last year, a track where the Honda Civic TCR is known to be strong.
A 12 car field is entered for the race weekend, with a “new face” with Tobias Johansson returning to race the Brovallen Design Audi RS 3 LMS, marking the team’s 20th anniversary. It’ll be the first time the 46-year-old, and the Brovallen Design team owner, has raced a Swedish touring car since the 2011 season finale at Mantorp Park, then in a Super 2000-specification SEAT León TFSI.
Qualifying gets underway at 15:15 CEST on Saturday, with both 17-lap heats on Sunday at 12:40 and 15:45 CEST respectively.
Mattias Andersson, #20 Honda Racing Sweden Civic TCR said:
“I want to go to Karlskoga and have a smooth weekend. it’s a circuit where I’ve driven a lot, and we were almost a winner last year – I think we’ll be able to fight for the podium again and have a good chance there.”
Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky, #19 PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team Cupra TCR said:
“It’s exciting to be going back there after my first win last year. It’s a good track, and it’s a bit of a home track if you can put it that way for me, as I’m from just 45 minutes away.”
Karlskoga entry list
No Driver Team Car
2 Robert Dahlgren PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team Cupra TCR
4 Andreas Wernersson Brink Motorsport Audi RS 3 LMS
11 Louise Frost Insight Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR
17 Tomas Engström Micke Kågered Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
19 Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team Cupra TCR
20 Mattias Andersson Honda Racing Sweden Honda Civic FK2 TCR
21 Andreas Ahlberg Micke Kågered Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
22 Albin Wärnelöv Experion Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
23 Alex Andersson Brovallen Design Audi RS 3 LMS
51 Hannes Morin Brink Motorsport Audi RS 3 LMS
59 Peter “Poker” Wallenberg Poker Racing For Charity Cupra TCR
71 Tobias Brink Brink Motorsport Audi RS 3 LMS
99 Tobias Johansson Brovallen Design Audi RS 3 LMS
Saturday 17th August
09:00 – Test 1
12:20 – Test 2
15:15 – Qualifying 1
15:40 – Qualifying 2
Sunday 18th August
09:00 – Warm up
12:40 – Race 1 (17 laps)
15:45 – Race 2 (17 laps)