Andreas Wernersson claimed his first ever STCC victory in a chaotic first Scandinavian Touring Car Championship race at Solvalla. Thed Björk won the second STCC race at Solvalla from pole position and extends his championship lead with just one race weekend left of the 2014 season.
The Kia driver started from third position on the grid but took the lead from pole sitter Emma Kimiläinen (Saab 9-3 STCC) in the first corner. And Kimiläinen was a topic for controversy in the race.
But before the Saab driver got involved in the controversies, the safety car was issued on lap two after contact between Erik Jonsson and Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte. Kimiläinen was able to continue, only to be turned around again two corners later by Ohlsson’s team mate Mattias Lindberg. Chaos followed as Kimiläinen rejoined the track without looking and was collected by a number of drivers, with Matte Karlsson dealing the final blow to the Finn’s car, resulting in a retirement for Kimiläinen.
Lindberg finished sixth for Kia ahead of the top newcomer in the form of Karlsson for BMW in seventh position, with double STCC champion Jan ”Flash” Nilsson (Saab 9-3 STCC) coming home in 8. position. Philip Forsman crossed the line in ninth position after serving a drive through penalty for turning Richard Göransson (Saab 9-3 STCC) around, an incident with resulted in a broken rear suspension and retirement for Göransson.
Heat 1 – TOP 10 SCORECARD
|01||Andreas Wernersson||26 laps|
|10||Carl Philip Bernadotte||+39.321|
Saab driver Göransson looked set to secure second place in second the race with a small gap to BMW driver Philip Forsman. But Göransson suffered from a gearbox problem with just two laps left, enabling Forsman to get past. The Saab driver almost lost third place as well, with Volvo driver Fredrik Ekblom crossing the line in fourth, just 0.083 seconds behind.
Heat 2 – TOP 10 SCORECARD
|01||Thed Björk||26 laps|
|09||Mattias Lindberg||+1 lap|
|10||Carl Philip Bernadotte||+1 lap|
Next STCC Race
STCC continues with the season finale at Mantorp Park in two weeks where Björk will arrive with a 31-point lead over Larsson in second place with 75 points left to fight for.