Victory hunt for Lestrup Racing Team at Mantorp as STCC season nears end
Lestrup Racing Team heads to the penultimate STCC TCR Scandinavia round at Mantorp Park this weekend hunting victories, strengthened by a successful endurance race weekend in Germany.
The team is placed second overall in the teams’ standings, 121 points behind the leaders with 240 points left to be fought for this season.
”We head to Mantorp boosted by a return to endurance racing that went well above our expectations and the strong results of Anderstorp. As the drivers’ title is more or less out of reach for us this year, our focus is on scoring more victories and to close in on the team championship lead,” said Fredrik Lestrup, co-owner of Lestrup Racing Team.
Oliver Söderström climbed to fourth overall following two podium finishes in the previous round at Anderstorp.
”I’m excited to head for the final two rounds. I’m definitely aiming for my first win of the year and to close in on the drivers in front of me in the standings. We know that it will be tough, especially against the Cupras, but we will as always fight hard,” said Oliver Söderström.
Robin Knutsson is the most recent STCC race winner after scoring a sensational debut win in the final Anderstorp race.
”While my bar has been raised after Anderstorp, there is no concrete result target for this weekend in order to not focus on the wrong things,” said Robin Knutsson.
”That method has worked really well so far this season and I know that the speed and confidence is on top. I feel more and more comfortable in the car and other drivers start to consider me as a real threat. I think we can score well this weekend.”
Mikael Karlsson had a tough Anderstorp weekend with several incidents while showing promising speed.
”It feels like I’ve chased redemption all season, so right now it just feels like we’ll give it our best this weekend and we’ll see where that takes us,” said Mikael Karlsson.
”I like Mantorp and I had strong pace here last year, so I hope that we have taken as big of a step forward here as on other circuits.”
The STCC races at Mantorp Park are broadcast LIVE on: plus.stcc.se
Schedule Mantorp Park
09:25 – Test 1
12:25 – Test 2
16:25 – Q1
16:50 – Q2
10:45 – Race 1
13:20 – Race 2
15:29 – Race 3