Gelleråsen wins and podiums keeps Lestrup Racing Team in STCC title contention

Lestrup Racing Team drivers Oliver Söderström and Andreas Bäckman claimed a victory and two podium finishes at Gelleråsen Arena, keeping in title contention ahead of the final two race weekends of 2022.

The first race saw Oliver Söderström converting his pole position to a strong victory while disaster struck in the second race where a competitor took him out at Turn 1.

The Swede bounced back in the third race, fighting from last to sixth position to salvage vital points.

”The first pole and win of the year was awesome, a huge thanks to everyone in the team who made this possible. The second race got an unfortunate early end, it was an idiotic move which makes me really disappointed. We got some revenge in the third race but still lost some points in the championship. But I have all but given up and we will be back strong for the next race,” said Oliver Söderström, who heads the junior standings.

Team-mate Andreas Bäckman completed a consistent race weekend with third in the first race, fifth in the second and a strong second place finish in the finale.

”I’m pleased with the result we managed to get from this weekend. We’ve taken a step forward compared to the previous races and my goal is definitely a victory before the season end,” said Andreas Bäckman.

The Audi duo is within two points of each other in fourth and fifth position overall respectively, trailing the points lead by 48 points with a total of 130 points left to fight for.

Lestrup Racing Team is a close second overall in the teams’ standings, with a margin of just 25 points to the top.

”Considering the incidents and issues that we faced, the result we managed to get is not too bad. We’re never satisfied until we’re on top of the results and the standings. But both Oliver and Andreas performed really well today and that bodes well for the final two races where we really need to be on our toes to claw back the gap in the standings,” said Fredrik Lestrup, team co-founder.

The next STCC TCR Scandinavia race takes place at Anderstorp on September 10-11.

Gelleråsen results
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Oliver Söderström nets his first 2022 pole for Lestrup Racing Team

Oliver Söderström netted a strong pole position, his first of 2022, in the STCC TCR Scandinavia qualifying at Gelleråsen Arena for Lestrup Racing Team.

”It feels really nice to claim my first pole of the season, especially as I really enjoy racing at this circuit. An added bonus is that we were able to extract this performance while carrying some extra weight in the car. We didn’t reach the result we wanted in Q2, but we are definitely going for the win in Race 1 tomorrow,” said Oliver Söderström.

The Audi RS 3 LMS II driver was fastest in the first qualifying session and third in the second, earning him three points to the drivers’ standings.

”We’ve had a solid day and Oliver performed really well, we’re just missing both cars on the front row which I think we have the speed for. But Andreas is still within reach of the top positions and I’m confident we can fight for a solid points haul in all three races tomorrow,” said Fredrik Lestrup, team co-founder.

Team-mate Andreas Bäckman claimed fifth and sixth on the grid for the first two races at Gelleråsen Arena in mid-Sweden.

”It was a tough qualifying for me, I hit traffic on my fastest laps and, unfortunately, I made some mistakes. But we’ve got three races ahead of us tomorrow where my ambition is to climb the order, something I for sure think we have the speed for,” said Andreas Bäckman.

The first of three races starts at 10:40 CEST tomorrow, watch them LIVE via:

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Summer break is over for Lestrup Racing Team as STCC resumes at Gelleråsen

The STCC TCR Scandinavia summer break is over and Lestrup Racing Team is heading to Gelleråsen Arena this weekend, aiming high for the fourth round of the season.

”Both Oliver and Andreas have shown strong speed so far this year and we’re working hard to get that last edge on our competitors. We haven’t tested the new Audi at Gelleråsen, but that’s been the case for almost all races this year and we’re in contention for both titles – which is our main goal,” said Fredrik Lestrup, team co-founder.

Oliver Söderström has climbed to second position overall after a consistent first half of the season, scoring four podium finishes from seven races.

”I’m driving for a win this weekend, as always. We’re carrying quite some weight at Gelleråsen, but we’re working hard to get the most out of our situation. We need to keep those points coming in and I can’t wait to get back on track again after the summer break,” said Oliver Söderström.

Team-mate Andreas Bäckman is placed fourth overall and scored his so far best result with second place at Knutstorp before the summer break.

”It’s great to be back at Gelleråsen, a track I haven’t raced at for four years. I’ve had a good feeling in the car for the past two race weekends and I look forward to see where we stand against our competitors after the summer break,” said Andreas Bäckman.

The Gelleråsen Arena race weekend starts on Friday with testing and qualifying, followed by three races on Saturday – all broadcast LIVE on: