Alla inlägg av: shaolin

Lorem ipsum biografi

Rob Huff and Lestrup Racing Team crowned 2020 STCC TCR Scandinavia champions!

Rob Huff claimed the 2020 STCC TCR Scandinavia drivers’ title and Lestrup Racing Team the teams’ title after an extremely close season finale at Knutstorp.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR driver was on equal points with last year’s champion and title rival Robert Dahlgren ahead of the final race. The Brit managed to fight his way from seventh on the grid to win the race, his second win this weekend.

“This is just crazy! What a day, what a win! Huge thanks to Lestrup Racing Team, without these boys and girls it could not have been done,” said Rob Huff.

“I got myself in a good position in the final race and stayed there. I was able to control the race and claim my second win of the weekend. It’s been a tough year and this is such a great reward for everyone in the team.”

Lestrup Racing Team beat last year’s team champions Brink Motorsport by 22 points after what has been only the second year for the team in the championship.

“I am incredibly proud over everyone in the team. We managed to secure the STCC titles for drivers and team in only our second season in the STCC,” said Fredrik Lestrup, co-owner of Lestrup Racing Team.

“We have fought through a lot of problems this year and when it really mattered, everyone has delivered to 110%. Rob drove amazingly well today and throughout the entire season, he is definitely a worthy champion. A massive thanks to all the partners and supporters to the team, this result wouldn’t be possible without them. The plan is to be back next year to defend our titles.”

Oliver Söderström had a tough season finale weekend, finishing second in the junior championship and fifth in the drivers’ championship.

“The outcome for me personally is obviously something I am not happy over. But I am extremely happy for Rob and for the team. We secured the team championship together and that is what I will carry with me for next year. And trust me, I won’t settle for fifth place next season,” said Söderström.

Knutstorp results
STCC – Race 1
STCC – Race 2
STCC – Race 3

Final driver championship standings
1 Rob Huff 209 poäng
2 Robert Dahlgren 202 (-7)
3 Tobias Brink 184 (-25
4 Hannes Morin 111 (-98)
5 Oliver Söderström 108 (-101)
6 Mattias Andersson 97 (-112)
7 Emil Persson 96 (-113)
8 Andreas Ahlberg 87 (-122)
9 Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky 79 (-130)
10 Mikael Karlsson 53 (-156)
11 Magnus Gustavsen 15 (-194)
12 Albin Wärnelöv 10 (-199)
13 Kevin Engman 9 (-200)
14 Isac Aronsson 5 (-204)
15 Daniel Haglöf 4 (-205)
16 Poker Wallenberg 0 (-209)

Final team championship standings
1 Lestrup Racing Team 317 poäng
2 Brink Motorsport 295 (-22)
3 PWR Racing 281 (-36)
4 Kågered Racing 1 183 (-134)
5 Honda Racing Sweden 97 (-220)
6 Kågered Racing 2 53 (-264)
7 Brovallen Design 23 (-294)
8 Experion Racing 10 (-307)
9 Isacs Racing 5 (-312)
10 Poker Racing For Charity 4 (-313)

Final junior championship standings
1 Hannes Morin 266 poäng
2 Oliver Söderström 186 (-80)
3 Magnus Gustavsen 120 (-146)
4 Isac Aronsson 109 (-157)

Lestrup Racing Team in the top fight of ultra-close STCC finale qualifying

Lestrup Racing Team drivers Rob Huff and Oliver Söderström were right in the middle of an ultra-close STCC TCR Scandinavia qualifying session for the season finale at Knutstorp.

2012 WTCC champion Rob Huff was just 52 thousands of a second from pole position in the first qualifying session with second place and claimed fourth position in the second session.

“I’m quite happy with the Q1 time but got tyre vibrations in Q2 which cost us a few tenths. But it could have been much worse and I’m in fighting spirit for the races. We’re close to Dahlgren and Brink on the grid and I’ve got my trusty team-mate alongside me. The weather could play a big role tomorrow as rain is expected, it’s going to be exciting,” said Rob Huff.

Oliver Söderström was fastest of the two Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR drivers in the second qualifying session with third position, less than three tenth from the Race 2 pole position.

“I had a really good qualifying session and I’m pleased to be so close with Rob. We had a really good car and I think we have an even better race car for tomorrow. I’m really looking forward to the races and I think we can make up some places,” said Oliver Söderström.

Rob Huff received two points for fourth position in the Q2 session and shares second place with Robert Dahlgren, 14 points from points leader Tobias Brink ahead of tomorrow’s three final races of the 2020 season.

Lestrup Racing Team is just 14 points from current leaders Brink Motorsport in the team championship and Oliver Söderström is 39 points from junior championship leader Hannes Morin.

Follow the final races LIVE via STCC+: plus.stcc.se

Results
Qualifying 1
Qualifying 2

Schedule – Knutstorp
Saturday October 10th
10:35 – Race 1
13:30 – Race 2
15:35 – Race 3

Driver championship standings
1 Tobias Brink 153 points
2 Rob Huff 139 (-14)
3 Robert Dahlgren 136 (-17)
4 Oliver Söderström 90 (-63)
4 Hannes Morin 90 (-63)
6 Emil Persson 77 (-76)
7 Mattias Andersson 71 (-82)
8 Andreas Ahlberg 63 (-90)
9 Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky 57 (-96)
10 Mikael Karlsson 53 (-100)
11 Magnus Gustavsen 15 (-138)
12 Albin Wärnelöv 4 (-149)
13 Isac Aronsson 3 (-150)

Team championship standings
1 Brink Motorsport 243 points
2 Lestrup Racing Team 229 (-14)
3 PWR Racing 193 (-50)
4 Kågered Racing 1 140 (-103)
5 Honda Racing Sweden 71 (-172)
6 Kågered Racing 2 53 (-190)
7 Brovallen Design 16 (-227)
8 Experion Racing 4 (-239)
9 Isacs Racing 3 (-240)

Junior championship standings
1 Hannes Morin 197 points
2 Oliver Söderström 158 (-39)
3 Magnus Gustavsen 120 (-77)
4 Isac Aronsson 58 (-139)

Lesturp Racing Team ready for intense STCC season finale title fight

Lestrup Racing Team drivers Rob Huff and Oliver Söderström are headed for an intense STCC TCR Scandinavia season finale at Knutstorp in the south of Sweden this weekend.

Rob Huff is just 14 points from championship leader Tobias Brink with three races and a total of 80 points up for grabs in the final race weekend of 2020.

“I am closer to the points lead than I was ahead of the previous race. We know that the last race at Knutstorp is definitely a circuit that should suit the Volkswagen well. Our rivals will have some ballast which will obviously not help them very much. I’m really excited to take a big fight to the last race,” said Rob Huff.

The 2012 WTCC champion will carry 10kg of compensation weight this weekend while Tobias Brink will carry 60kg.

Team-mate Oliver Söderström had a tough weekend in the previous race at Mantorp Park but is still in contention for the junior title, trailing Hannes Morin by 39 points.

“I’ve already forgotten the weekend at Mantorp Park and my full focus is on the season finale. The goal is obviously set on the titles and we need to work together smartly to make it happen. I feel more than ready for this!” said Oliver Söderström.

The fight for the team title is extremely close ahead of the finale, with Lestrup Racing Team just 14 point from current leaders Brink Motorsport.

“We’re heading to Knutstorp with our sights set on the very same thing that we’ve had all year, to claim all three titles. It will by no means be easy, but that’s why we’re in it. We wouldn’t be here if it was easy. I’ve got full confidence in Rob, Oliver and everyone in the team. The time for us to deliver is now,” said Fredrik Lestrup, co-owner of Lestrup Racing Team.

The season finale weekend starts on Friday with testing and qualifying, followed by the final three races of the season on Saturday.

Follow the final races LIVE via STCC+ for 125 SEK this weekend: plus.stcc.se

Schedule – Knutstorp
Friday October 9th
09:00 – Test 1 – 30 min
13:10 – Test 2 – 30 min
16:35 – Q1 – 20 min
17:00 – Q2 – 10 min

Saturday October 10th
10:35 – Race 1
14:10 – Race 2
15:35 – Race 3

Driver championship standings
1 Tobias Brink 153 points
2 Rob Huff 139 (-14)
3 Robert Dahlgren 136 (-17)
4 Oliver Söderström 90 (-63)
4 Hannes Morin 90 (-63)
6 Emil Persson 77 (-76)
7 Mattias Andersson 71 (-82)
8 Andreas Ahlberg 63 (-90)
9 Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky 57 (-96)
10 Mikael Karlsson 53 (-100)
11 Magnus Gustavsen 15 (-138)
12 Albin Wärnelöv 4 (-149)
13 Isac Aronsson 3 (-150)

Team championship standings
1 Brink Motorsport 243 points
2 Lestrup Racing Team 229 (-14)
3 PWR Racing 193 (-50)
4 Kågered Racing 1 140 (-103)
5 Honda Racing Sweden 71 (-172)
6 Kågered Racing 2 53 (-190)
7 Brovallen Design 16 (-227)
8 Experion Racing 4 (-239)
9 Isacs Racing 3 (-240)

Junior championship standings
1 Hannes Morin 197 points
2 Oliver Söderström 158 (-39)
3 Magnus Gustavsen 120 (-77)
4 Isac Aronsson 58 (-139)

Rob Huff keeps title fight alive in challenging Mantorp Park weekend

Lestrup Racing Team driver Rob Huff is within reach of the STCC TCR Scandinavia points lead after the penultimate round of 2020 at Mantorp Park.

The 2012 world champion claimed two second place finishes and is 14 points behind Audi title rival Tobias Brink.

“Considering that this is definitely an Audi circuit, I am really pleased with our performance. I’m also pleased to be second in the championship and closer to Brink than what I was to Dahlgren ahead of this weekend. We know that the last race at Knutstorp is definitely a circuit that should suit the Volkswagen and our rivals should have some ballast which will obviously not help them very much. I’m really excited to take a big fight to the last race,” said Rob Huff.

Team-mate Oliver Söderström meanwhile had a nightmare weekend with two retirements and has dropped to fourth position in the championship, 63 points from the lead with 80 points remaining in the season finale.

The 22-year-old is still in contention for the junior championship title fight, trailing Hannes Morin by 39 points.

“We had the opportunity to fight for the title, especially after the strong qualifying yesterday. Now I just want to forget it all. There are some positive things from the weekend, qualifying was one of my best performances ever. This is racing sometimes and now I just want to do my very best in the final and try to claim a victory,” said Oliver Söderström.

Lestrup Racing Team is 14 points behind Brink Motorsport in the team championship standings ahead of the Ring Knutstorp season finale next weekend on October 9-10.

“Rob had a strong weekend and we’re very happy that he is right in the mix for the drivers’ title fight. The results for Oliver was unfortunate, especially as he continued to deliver really strongly, and we need to analyse the issues closely. But we are far from giving up, there is still a quarter left of the season and our competitors are going to have bad weekends as well. Our goal is still to win all three championships. It’s a quick turnaround for Knutstorp, but we are going to reload and make the very best out of a circuit that should suit us well,” said Fredrik Lestrup.

The 2020 STCC TCR Scandinavia season finale will be broadcast live on STCC+ where this weekend’s races are available as well: plus.stcc.se

Results
Race 1
Race 2
Race 3

Driver championship standings
1 Tobias Brink 153 points
2 Rob Huff 139 (-14)
3 Robert Dahlgren 136 (-17)
4 Oliver Söderström 90 (-63)
4 Hannes Morin 90 (-63)
6 Emil Persson 77 (-76)
7 Mattias Andersson 71 (-82)
8 Andreas Ahlberg 63 (-90)
9 Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky 57 (-96)
10 Mikael Karlsson 53 (-100)
11 Magnus Gustavsen 15 (-138)
12 Albin Wärnelöv 4 (-149)
13 Isac Aronsson 3 (-150)

Team championship standings
1 Brink Motorsport 243 points
2 Lestrup Racing Team 229 (-14)
3 PWR Racing 193 (-50)
4 Kågered Racing 1 140 (-103)
5 Honda Racing Sweden 71 (-172)
6 Kågered Racing 2 53 (-190)
7 Brovallen Design 16 (-227)
8 Experion Racing 4 (-239)
9 Isacs Racing 3 (-240)

Junior championship standings
1 Hannes Morin 197 points
2 Oliver Söderström 158 (-39)
3 Magnus Gustavsen 120 (-77)
4 Isac Aronsson 58 (-139)

Double front row qualifying for Lestrup Racing Team at Mantorp Park

Lestrup Racing Team drivers Rob Huff and Oliver Söderström claimed one front row qualifying result each at Mantorp Park for the penultimate STCC TCR Scandinavia round of 2020.

2020 world champion Rob Huff was second fastest in the first qualifying session and third in the second.

“I am really pleased with the result, we knew the Audi would be super strong here. But we know we’ve got, as always with the Volkswagen, a great race car. One that lasts really well, uses its tyres really economically in the race. It’s great to be on the front row for race one and to be there together with Oliver. We’re pretty much the only team that has two team-mates with very similar speed that can work together. I’m excited for the weekend,” said Rob Huff.

Current junior championship leader Oliver Söderström was second fastest in the second qualifying session, receiving four points to the drivers’ and juniors’ championship.

“Testing didn’t go well for me, I wasn’t 100%. But then on new tyres for qualifying I felt that everything just came together. And the feeling is great, I’m really pleased with the result. Rob and I have to be smart tomorrow and work together, we have a good cooperation. It’s going to be three really interesting races, especially on how the tyre wear will play out,” said Oliver Söderström.

The result of qualifying has strengthened the team championship lead of Lestrup Racing Team, now heading Brink Motorsport by 33 points.

“We can’t be anything but pleased with the result today. We couldn’t challenge Tobias Brink today, but he is going to get 60kg of compensation weight for the season finale and we won’t get any. It’s been a good day,” said Fredrik Lestrup, co-owner of Lestrup Racing Team.

The first race of three tomorrow starts at 10:00 CEST and is broadcast live on: https://plus.stcc.se

Results
Qualifying 1
Qualifying 2

Driver championship standings
1 Robert Dahlgren 100 points
2 Tobias Brink 93 (-7)
3 Rob Huff 91 (-9)
4 Oliver Söderström 88 (-12)
5 Andreas Ahlberg 57 (-43)
6 Hannes Morin 53 (-47)
7 Mattias Andersson 49 (-51)
8 Emil Persson 46 (-55)
9 Mikael Karlsson 35 (-65)
10 Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky 21 (-79)
11 Magnus Gustavsen 13 (-87)
12 Albin Wärnelöv 2 (-98)

Team championship standings
1 Lestrup Racing Team 179 points
2 Brink Motorsport 146 (-33)
3 PWR Racing 121 (-58)
4 Kågered Racing 1 103 (-76)
5 Honda Racing Sweden 49 (-130)
6 Kågered Racing 2 35 (-144)
7 Brovallen Design 13 (-166)
8 Experion Racing 2 (-177)

Junior championship standings
1 Oliver Söderström 140 points
2 Hannes Morin 122 (-18)
3 Magnus Gustavsen 75 (-65)
4 Isac Aronsson 10 (-130)

Lestrup Racing Team enters crucial stage of STCC season at Mantorp Park

Lestrup Racing Team is entering a crucial stage of the 2020 STCC TCR Scandinavia season with the penultimate round at Mantorp Park this weekend.

Team-mates Rob Huff and Oliver Söderström are both within reach of the championship lead, just 12 and 16 points behind respectively.

“I’m very excited to be back in Sweden for the final STCC races and I’m obviously staying here until the end of the season. I’m pleased to have completed a test here and at Knutstorp, that gives me confidence going into the last two rounds. I’ve been treading the water carefully so far this season to understand the rules and other drivers. Now it’s very much time for me to make my move and forge to the front of the championship,” said Rob Huff.

“We had a good test at Mantorp Park earlier this summer and we found solutions to problems that we’ve had. I want to head from this weekend as the best scoring driver. I know that it’s not in anyway easy, but I’ve done it before this year,” said Oliver Söderström.

Lestrup Racing Team heads the team championship by 31 points and the junior championship by 14 points with Oliver Söderström.

The team is on its way to Mantorp Park strengthened by a productive mid-season test.

“The entire team is in a season end sprint mode now and our goal is to leave Mantorp Park with the best possible conditions for the season finale. We had a good mid-season test and we have a lot of valuable new data. I have no doubt that this going to be a very tough weekend and we will make our utmost to make it rewarding,” said Fredrik Lestrup, team co-owner.

The action at Mantorp Park starts on Friday with testing and qualifying, followed by three races on Saturday.

All three races are broadcast live at STCC+: https://plus.stcc.se

Schedule – Mantorp Park
Friday 2nd October
09:00 – Test 1 – 30 min
13:40 – Test 2 – 30 min
16:46 – Kval Q1 – 20 min
17:11 – Kval Q2 – 10 min

Saturday 3rd October
10:00 – Race 1 – 15 laps
13:33 – Race 2 – 15 laps
15:34 – Race 3 – 15 laps

Driver championship standings
1 Robert Dahlgren 100 points
2 Rob Huff 88 (-12)
3 Tobias Brink 88 (-12)
4 Oliver Söderström 84 (-16)
5 Andreas Ahlberg 57 (-43)
6 Hannes Morin 53 (-47)
7 Mattias Andersson 48 (-52)
8 Emil Persson 44 (-56)
9 Mikael Karlsson 35 (-65)
10 Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky 21 (-79)
11 Magnus Gustavsen 13 (-87)
12 Albin Wärnelöv 2 (-98)

Team championship standings
1 Lestrup Racing Team 172 points
2 Brink Motorsport 141 (-31)
3 Kågered Racing 130 (-42)
4 PWR Racing 121 (-51)
5 Honda Racing Sweden 48 (-124)
6 Brovallen Design 13 (-159)
7 Experion Racing 2 (-170)

Junior championship standings
1 Oliver Söderström 136 points
2 Hannes Morin 122 (-14)
3 Magnus Gustavsen 75 (-61)
4 Isac Aronsson 10 (-126)

Lestrup Racing Team reveals selected drivers for 2020 Young Driver Programme

Lestrup Racing Team has revealed its selection of drivers for the 2020 Young Driver Programme that starts today with a test at Gelleråsen Arena.

“We are delighted to present these three promising drivers for our first year of the Young Driver Programme,” said Fredrik Lestrup, co-owner of Lestrup Racing Team.

The selected drivers are Anton Bergström (18), Alfred Nilsson (19) and Kevin Engman (30) who will get behind the wheel of the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR at Gelleråsen Arena today.

“Our trio is going to get to work straight away with a full test day together with our STCC team,” said Fredrik Lestrup.

“They are going to get more mileage than during a normal race weekend, a key part of this programme is for them to drive a lot and work hard.

“We are going to complete a qualifying simulation, a full race distance and they will work through all the data and setup changes with our engineers.

“Our STCC driver Oliver Söderström is going to test alongside them, providing them with an excellent chance to compare their performance straight away.”

Anton Bergström has raced in Renault Junior Cup Sweden and DS3 Cup Denmark, finishing second overall in both championships during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

“I’ve been at STCC races since I was a kid and my dream is to race at that level. I was delighted when I got the chance to join the Young Driver Programme and said yes straight away. I’m really excited to compare and develop my performance with the team, especially as they have two really skilled drivers in Rob Huff and Oliver Söderström,” said Anton Bergström.

Alfred Nilsson is a two-time Swedish champion in karting and made the move to racing in 2018 in Formula STCC Nordic and most recently Swedish GT with Lestrup Racing Team.

“I am very glad to join the Young Driver Programme. And what feels so good about this is the fact that Lestrup Racing Team is at the very top of the STCC. I’m really excited to get behind the wheel of material that I know can win in the top racing class of Scandinavia. My ambition for the future is to race touring cars internationally and that is what makes this chance so attractive for me,” said Alfred Nilsson.

Kevin Engman has claimed the bronze medal of the Swedish Junior Touring Car Championship three times, most recently in 2012 before taking a hiatus from his racing career. The 30-year-old returned behind the wheel of a race car during the STCC TCR Scandinavia mid-season test at Mantorp Park with Lestrup Racing Team earlier this month.

“I am really excited to be a part of this programme from the start. I’m heading to the first test with an open mind to get as much out of it as possible. It’s going to be exciting to compare myself against the other drivers of the programme and of course with Oliver and Rob. I’ve got a very clear goal and that is to be on the 2021 STCC grid. To be a part of the Young Driver Programme is a key part of that,” said Kevin Engman.

The 2020 Young Driver Programme will continue throughout the autumn and winter with work in the simulator of the team, sponsor and media training and more.

The team has already started the process of finding further drivers for the 2021 Young Driver Programme and interested drivers are invited to contact: fredrik@lestrupracingteam.se

Lestrup Racing Team launches Young Driver Programme to find future STCC champions

Lestrup Racing Team has launched the ‘Young Driver Programme’ to create a structured way for young drivers to reach the top of Swedish motorsport. The 2020 STCC TCR Scandinavia programme of the team will play a key part for the selected drivers.

“Today there is no natural ladder for the juniors and we want to fill that gap, something I would have really needed at the start of my career,” said team co-owner Fredrik Lestrup.

“This is a long-term programme spanning over several years that we are keen to evolve and expand.”

Part of the programme is Kenth Öhlin, the founder of renowned damper manufacturers Öhlins.

“I am very glad to support this programme to create a stable and relevant tool for promising Swedish racing talents,” said Kenth Öhlin.

“Helping young drivers is a key part of securing the regrowth of Swedish motorsport, both nationally and internationally, and we strongly believe that our programme can contribute to this.”

The team is going to select three participants each year from applications and through scouting. The drivers must have a background in motorsport such as go karts, junior championships or sim racing.

“We are going to provide the junior drivers the conditions to evaluate and improve themselves as drivers,” said Fredrik Lestrup.

“They are going to drive our advanced simulator, learn data logging and other tools that are decisive for a successful career. They are also going to compare their performance with the established drivers of the team, including former world champion Rob Huff and the STCC race winner Oliver Söderström.”

The drivers are going to get behind the wheel of the team’s STCC cars, the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, the same type of cars that are used in the FIA World Touring Car Cup.

“There is no better practice than to actually drive a race car and to do it as early as possible in the career,” said Fredrik Lestrup.

“Our drivers are going to learn to work with engineers, mechanics and try qualifying simulations, as well as drive full race distances. They are going to feel the changes to the car and work after a well-prepared test plan.”

Another important part of the programme is media and sponsor work.

“We are going to help the participants with sponsorship work and profiling in both social media, as well as towards reporting media,” said Fredrik Lestrup.

“The participants are going to get access to our events and activities, as well as become involved in all of our media activities connected to our STCC programme.”

The Lestrup Young Driver programme is in its final stages of selecting drivers and a first test will be held with the final participants next week at Gelleråsen Arena.