The TCR Scandinavia Touring Car Championship season start is just around the corner, with the revitalised series heading to the Ring Knutstorp this weekend for the first round of the 2019 season.
It’ll be the third year of TCR class racing in the Scandinavian region, and a competitive line-up of teams and drivers will be competing for championship honours this year.
With just one champion in the line-up, all eyes will be on PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team’s Robert Dahlgren, the 2017 STCC drivers’ champion. The 39-year-old is back with the reigning teams’ champions PWR Racing, behind the wheel of a CUPRA TCR, now with a prime title sponsorship deal with Swedish power company Skellefteå Kraft.
Dahlgren’s team-mate will be 26-year-old Red Bull Athlete Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky, who made the record books last year by becoming the first female racing driver to win a touring car race in Sweden.
PWR Racing have also made the move onto the world stage this year in the FIA World Touring Car Cup, where they’ve already scored two podium finishes, demonstrating the competitiveness of the Swedish racing scene.
Whether the team, which are again supported by SEAT Sweden, will have it their own way this year is yet to be seen, with Brink Motorsport upping their programme in their third year of competition.
The Eslöv-based team have expanded to enter a three-car field of Audi RS 3 LMSs, with Anderstorp race winner Tobias Brink joined by two new team-mates; 16-year-old rookie Hannes Morin, the cousin of last year’s junior class champion Philip Morin; and Andreas Wernersson, who finished fourth in the championship last year and won the second race at Knutstorp in a privateer entry.
Micke Kågered Racing are back with their Volkswagen Golf GTI TCRs, fielding one car for Andreas Ahlberg, and another for touring car veteran Tomas Engström, with the 55-year-old back out of retirement for another season.
A number of single car teams complete the 12-car field, with long-time championship supporters Brovallen Design back on the grid, fielding their Audi RS 3 LMS for Estonian racer Andre Kiil.
Mattias Andersson, the most experienced driver in the championship, will be back in the sole Honda on the grid, the Civic TCR of Honda Racing Sweden.
Albin Wärnelöv will return for his third year in the championship, driving Experion Racing’s Volkswagen Golf, while Peter ‘Poker’ Wallenberg will race with his Racing For Charity squad, now switching his Audi for a CUPRA TCR.
The final entry is by Danish driver Louise Frost, who will race an Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR for the Insight Racing team, the only Danish driver in the fold.
Activity starts with two practice sessions on Friday ahead of qualifying at 16:20 CEST, with Race 1 and Race 2 at 13:10 and 15:25 CEST on Saturday.
Knutstorp entry list
No – Name – Nat – Team – Car
2 – Robert Dahlgren – SWE – PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team – Cupra TCR
3 – Andre Kiil – EST – Brovellen Design – Audi RS 3 LMS
4 – Andreas Werrnersson – SWE – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS
11 – Louise Frost – DEN – Insight Racing – Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR
17 – Tomas Engström – SWE – Micke Kågered Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
19 – Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky – SWE – PWR Racing – SEAT Dealer Team – Cupra TCR
20 – Mattias Andersson – SWE – Honda Racing Sweden – Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR
21 – Andreas Ahlberg – SWE – Micke Kågered Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
22 – Albin Wärnelöv – SWE – Experion Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
51 – Hannes Morin – SWE – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS
59 – Peter ‘Poker’ Wallenberg – SWE – Poker Racing For Charity – Cupra TCR
71 – Tobias Brink – SWE – Brink Motorsport – Audi RS 3 LMS
Friday 3rd May
10:40 – Test 1
12:50 – Test 2
16:20 – Qualifying
Saturday 4th May
08:55 – Warm up
13:10 – Race 1 (19 laps)
15:25 – Race 2 (19 laps)