Lestrup Racing Team completed its first official STCC TCR Scandinavia test day of 2020 at Gelleråsen Arena with drivers Rob Huff and Oliver Söderström.
”We have completed a lot of kilometres with both cars without any issues. That is a strong proof that everyone involved in the team has done a good job so far,” said Fredrik Lestrup, team co-owner.
”It was rewarding to combine our experiences from the 2017-2018 STCC season with Huff’s experiences from the WTCR and to see that we were not far off from each other.”
Two days of testing were followed by a one-lap STCC Official Shootout session where the 22-year-old Oliver Söderström impressed by claiming the fourth fastest time overall.
”I am pretty pleased with my shootout lap, especially as I have never done anything like it before,” said Oliver Söderström.
”I am super pleased to have completed so many laps done and to work together with Rob and the team. I realise that I have a lot still to learn, especially about how to convey and understand more regarding the setup work of the car. But I am eager to continue the preparations and I have a really good feeling.”
2012 world champion Rob Huff got his first taste of the Swedish circuits and was pleased after two days of testing, finishing seventh overall.
“It was nice to be back after seven months of no driving and we had two good days of testing in mixed conditions which was nice for me to learn the circuit,” said Huff.
”We had a test plan for each day, both of which we completed and we made good progress. I am really impressed with the team. They are working to a high level and are very professional and friendly. They really made me feel part of the team.”
The team will continue the pre-season testing in the south of Sweden next week in preparation for the STCC season start on August 15-16 at Gelleråsen Arena.
”The results from the first official test have boosted our morale, we are on the right track. But we are humble ahead of our task, there is no rest in our work to prepare ourselves for a really challenging season ahead,” said Fredrik Lestrup.
Rewatch the STCC Official Shootout at: plus.stcc.se