Arkiv: STCC

Lestrup Racing Team starts 2022 with a pole and podium at Hockenheim

Lestrup Racing Team started the 2022 season successfully, debuting the all-new Audi RS 3 LMS to a class pole position and podium finish in the 12 Hours of Hockenheim endurance race.

“This was a rewarding start to the season and a very valuable preparation for our 2022 STCC title push,” said Fredrik Lestrup, team co-founder.

“We had some hiccups along the way this weekend, but that is to expect with a brand new car. But out drivers performed really well and we got really good race data that’s hard to recreate during regular pre-season test sessions.”

The team fielded two cars for the Hockenheim race, one brand new Audi RS 3 LMS II for Oliver Söderström, Andreas Bäckman, Marcus Fluch and Emil Sällberg.

The Swedish quartet put the Audi on the TCR class pole on Friday, with the four drivers then fighting hard to finish third in the race after some technical issues.

“It was great to start the season with a podium and to properly get to know the new Audi. We lost about 20 minutes in the pits due to an issue, so I think everyone can be pleased with the result. Now we are going to reload and get ready for the STCC opener at Ljungbyhed,” said Oliver Söderström.

“I’m really glad to be a part of this result in my first-ever race weekend with the team. It was a really valuable weekend for me to get to know the car with plenty of kilometres. Everything didn’t go our way during the race, but this was a proper rehearsal of what is to come this year in the STCC,” said Andreas Bäckman.

The second car, a Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, was driven by Peter Fahlström, Stefan Nilsson, Mats Olsson och Christian Axelsson.

And the Volkswagen quartet qualified eighth and fought their way up to finish the race in fourth position.

Next up for Lestrup Racing Team is the STCC TCR Scandinavia opener on June 3-4, more info at: stcc.se

Lestrup Racing Team makes Audi switch and starts endurance season

Lestrup Racing Team will switch to the brand new Audi RS 3 LMS model for the 2022 STCC TCR Scandinavia season, having raced Volkswagens since 2017.

“This is a critical switch for us in order to remain competitive and reach our goals of fighting for the STCC titles with the latest machinery,” said Fredrik Lestrup, co-founder of Lestrup Racing Team.

“The new Audi is a considerably more competent race car with more setup possibilities, enabling us as a team to tailor the cars much better to the preferences of our drivers.”

The team will start its racing season this weekend by fielding one of its two new Audis for the 12 Hours of Hockenheim in preparation for the 2022 STCC TCR Scandinavia season which starts during the first weekend of June.

Oliver Söderström, Andreas Bäckman, Marcus Fluch and Emil Sällberg will share the Audi during the endurance race this weekend, while the second car is yet to be delivered from Audi Sport.

“I can’t wait to get the season going this weekend and to make my debut in the new Audi, it looks awesome,” said Oliver Söderström.

“This will be a perfect opportunity for us to get to know the new car and to prepare for the STCC season with plenty of driving. And while this is primarily a preparation, I think we can be competitive this weekend and challenge for a top position in the TCR class.”

The team is also going to field one Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR at Hockenheim for drivers Peter Fahlström, Stefan Nilsson, Mats Olsson och Christian Axelsson.

The last endurance race of Lestrup Racing Team was the 24 Hours of Dubai in 2020, scoring a class pole position and race podium finish.

Oliver Söderström targets title in fourth STCC season with Lestrup Racing Team

Reigning junior champion Oliver Söderström has got his sights set on the most prestigious motorsport title in Scandinavia as he will start his fourth STCC TCR Scandinavia season with Lestrup Racing Team this year.

“I am aiming for the title, it is the logical next step forward for me and the team,” said Oliver Söderström.

“We had a season of ups and down last year, but I see that as something positive as we know where we need to improve for this season. I feel really motivated and I know that we have the pieces of the puzzle to challenge for the title on a new level.”

The 23-year-old has steadily improved his results in the STCC, finishing eleventh in his debut season, fifth in 2020 and fourth last year.

“Oliver crowns our strengthened programme for 2022 and the entire team is just as motivated as him to take on the titles this year,” said Fredrik Lestrup, co-owner of Lestrup Racing Team.

“We are delighted with our line-up, to have Oliver joining Andreas Bäckman, and we are confident that we have one of the strongest line-ups of the championship this year. And that will be needed as we’re facing a really tough field.”

Oliver Söderström, who claimed the 2015 Formula Renault NEZ title, joins new team-mate Andreas Bäckman and the duo will drive two brand new TCR cars of a yet to be revealed manufacturer.

“The new car is a real boost for us as we struggled in some areas with our old car last year,” said Oliver Söderström.

“There are of course additional challenges in switching to a new car. But we struggled a lot in qualifying and on the straights last year, something we should not do this year. I’m really excited ahead of when we reveal the new car.

“I also want to extend a big thanks to the team, my sponsors and my family who have made this possible.”

The 2022 STCC TCR Scandinavia season starts on June 3-4 at Ljungbyhed in Sweden.

Andreas Bäckman joins Lestrup Racing Team in STCC title hunt

Andreas Bäckman has joined Lestrup Racing Team for the 2022 STCC TCR Scandinavia season, setting the goal as high as possible.

“It feels awesome to join Lestrup Racing Team, a young and progressive team, and my ambition is to win the championship together with them this year,” said Andreas Bäckman.

Bäckman returns for his first full STCC season since 2018 after spending three years abroad in TCR Europe and most recently the FIA World Touring Car Cup.

“I think the entire STCC paddock was impressed by Andreas’ performance at Mantorp Park last year and we are delighted to have him onboard in our goal to reclaim the STCC titles this year,” said Fredrik Lestrup, co-owner of Lestrup Racing Team.

“We’ve had our eyes on Andreas for a while now and he has taken big steps forwards over the last couple of seasons. We have plenty of work ahead of us to get ready for what is to come and I have no doubt that he can deliver.”

The 26-year-old made a one-off appearance last year in the STCC races at Mantorp Park where he stunned the field by claiming pole position.

“That race weekend left me with a taste for more and we found a really good setup with Lestrup Racing Team where I feel that I have the conditions to fight for the very top,” said Andreas Bäckman.

“We have set the goal high, but I know that I have the speed and I know that the team can deliver. It is going to be tough as we will face a lot of experienced drivers, but I do feel confident and can’t wait to get going.”

Lestrup Racing Team is going to field two cars this year, switching to a new manufacturer for the 2022 STCC season.

“Andreas is our first piece of the puzzle for the 2022 season and we are going to reveal further details over the coming weeks,” said Fredrik Lestrup.

“I can say as much, we are going to have a thoroughly competitive package for this season and our goal is firmly set on bringing the STCC titles back to where they belong at Lestrup Racing Team.”

The 2022 STCC TCR Scandinavia season starts on June 3-4 at Ljungbyhed in Sweden.

Lestrup Racing Team moves into new Stockholm facilities in strengthened 2022 STCC assault

Lestrup Racing Team has moved into new facilities in Stockholm as part of its strengthened title assault for the 2022 STCC TCR Scandinavia season.

“Our goal for 2022 is firmly set on bringing the STCC titles back to where they belong at Lestrup Racing Team and a key part to this is our new facilities in Stockholm,” said Fredrik Lestrup, co-owner of Lestrup Racing Team.

“We plan to run a minimum of two cars in the 2022 STCC season.”

The team has moved into new 400m2 facilities in the Swedish capital that are dedicated to its STCC programme.

“The new facilities are like night and day for us regarding efficiency, performance and development of our STCC cars and everything connected to it,” said Fredrik Lestrup.

“We have space to maintain up to four cars and this is a vital part in our expansion for the future.”

Lestrup Racing Team finished second overall in the 2021 STCC teams’ standings, with Oliver Söderström clinching the junior title as well as fourth overall in the standings.

Team-mates Mikael Karlsson and Robin Knutsson claimed a victory each during the season, finishing seventh and ninth overall respectively.

“While we did not achieve our main target of defending our drivers’ and teams’ titles, we had a good year with competitive pace and the focus for 2022 is to put all pieces together,” said Fredrik Lestrup.

“We have absolutely no doubt on that we have what it takes to challenge for the 2022 titles and we will reveal more information about our drivers for the coming season in due course.”

Mikael Karlsson wins final STCC race as Oliver Söderström claims junior title

Mikael Karlsson ended the 2021 STCC TCR Scandinavia season in the best possible way for Lestrup Racing Team by winning the third and final race at Knutstorp.
Team-mate Oliver Söderström drove three consistent races to secure the junior title, with Lestrup Racing Team securing the runner-up spot of the teams’ championship.

“We have had a season of a lot of ups and downs. We are obviously never happy until we are on top of the standings. But we had a great last race weekend of the season with Mikael’s win and Oliver’s junior title as the highlights. A massive thanks to all of our partners and to everyone in the team who has worked so hard this year,” said Fredrik Lestrup, team co-owner.

Mikael Karlsson was able to get the jump on pole sitter Magnus Gustavsen in the third race and held the lead from lights to flag.

“We’ve had a lot of bad luck this year and haven’t been able to get things together, despite showing promising speed. So it was great to finish the season in this way. The team has done a super job all season, so it feels awesome to secure second place in the teams’ championship with them,” said Mikael Karlsson.

Oliver Söderström secured fourth place in the first race and a pair of sixth place finishes in the final two races was enough for him to claim the junior title with a margin of 30 points over title rival Hugo Nerman.

“To secure the junior title feels great. I had hoped for a better overall result but we have shown that the speed is there and a huge thanks to Lestrup Racing Team for a great season,” said Oliver Söderström, who finished fourth in the drivers’ championship.

Robin Knutsson fought hard to three top ten finishes, finishing ninth overall in his first ever STCC season.

“It was a tough end to the season, we didn’t really get the results we wanted. We had the speed, but a lot was down to my inexperience as a rookie. But I feel that I have taken big steps forward and with more kilometres comes consistency which I think will make it possible for me to be in the top moving forward. I am really happy with the season and the team that has helped me to develop greatly,” said Robin Knutsson.

Results Ring Knutstorp
Race 1
Race 2
Race 3
Championship standings

Oliver Söderström lands double top five in final STCC qualifying of 2021

Oliver Söderström headed the Lestrup Racing Team trio in the final STCC TCR Scandinavia qualifying session of 2021 at Knutstorp with a pair of fourth place finishes.

“I’m a bit frustrated, we only had a couple of hundredths up to second place. I just didn’t get it right. We will have to fight back tomorrow,” said Oliver Söderström.

The 23-year-old heads the junior championship ahead of the final three races tomorrow, 33 points ahead of Hugo Nerman and 38 points ahead of team-mate Robin Knutsson.

Mikael Karlsson qualified sixth and seventh while Robin Knutsson was eliminated after Q1 with a margin of just five thousands of a second. The 19-year-old will start ninth in both races.

“I’m really pleased to get it together and it felt like I got much more out of the car than what I’ve been able to before. That Oliver was faster on his home track was something I expected and it will be interesting to see what we can do in the races tomorrow,” said Mikael Karlsson.

“I’m disappointed, we didn’t really have the speed and that’s tough as I had rather high expectations. My goal is second place in the junior championship and I still feel that it’s within reach, I will go all in tomorrow,” said Robin Knutsson.

The STCC finale at Knutstorp is broadcast LIVE on: plus.stcc.se

Results Ring Knutstorp
Qualifying 1
Qualifying 2

Schedule Ring Knutstorp
Saturday 9/10
10:35 – Race 1
13:25 – Race 2
15:35 – Race 3

Lestrup Racing Team continues hectic schedule with STCC finale at Knutstorp

Lestrup Racing Team has spent less than 48 hours in the Stockholm workshop after the STCC TCR Scandinavia races at Mantorp Park last weekend, now heading to Knutstorp for the season finale.

“Everyone has really pulled together and secured that everything is ready for the finale. Knutstorp should be a track that suits us a lot better than Mantorp and we’ve got really fond memories from last year when we secured the titles there,” said Fredrik Lestrup, co-owner of Lestrup Racing Team.

“Our goal is set on the top three positions in all races this weekend and to secure the runner-up spot in the teams’ championship.”

Oliver Söderström, who claimed a podium finish at Mantorp Park, heads to the season finale in fourth position in the drivers’ championship and in the lead of the junior championship.

“I’m heading to Knutstorp aiming for the junior title, as well as climbing into the top three of the overall standings. I definitely think we can challenge for the race wins at Knutstorp, a circuit that I really like,” said Oliver Söderström.

Team-mates Robin Knutsson and Mikael Karlsson had a mixed weekend at Mantorp Park, aiming for a strong turnaround at Ring Knutstorp.

“I wasn’t happy with the results last weekend. But my confidence is still there and I think we will be in a much better position at Knutstorp where I hope to push into the top five again,” said Robin Knutsson.

“We found an issue with my car that has been fixed ahead of this weekend. I just want to end the season in the best possible way and I think we are in a good position for that,” said Mikael Karlsson.

The STCC finale at Knutstorp is broadcast LIVE on: plus.stcc.se

Schedule Ring Knutstorp
Friday 8/10
10:45 – Test 1
13:55 – Test 2
16:05 – Q1
16:35 – Q2

Saturday 9/10
10:35 – Race 1
13:25 – Race 2
15:35 – Race 3