Flash Engineering hits half time in Gothenburg

Postat av Johan Meissner kl 16:33

STCC 2011 reaches half time this weekend as the championship hits the streets of Gothenburg. Flash Engineering heads to the race strengthened by the success at Mantorp Park four weeks ago where Jan ”Flash” Nilsson claimed his 34th victory and recorded the fastest lap of both races.
”We were quickest at Mantorp Park. We are in the top and we are going to stay there for the rest of the season, no doubt,” said ”Flash”.

Team mate Colin Turkington had a tough weekend at Mantorp Park and scored a single point after being forced to retire from the first race after being hit by another driver. But the 2009 BTCC champion is nonetheless optimistic.
”Mantorp was frustrating in one way but positive in another. It was frustrating to retire the first race, the weekend becomes really tough then. But we were fast in testing, qualifying and especially the races where ”Flash” set two fastest laps,” said Turkington.

While ”Flash” climbed from 12th to fifth in the championship, Turkington lost from second to fifth.
”The goal is to fight back and score some solid points for the championship in Gothenburg,” said Turkington.

Gothenburg has provided mixed results for Flash Engineering in the past. The team suffered from two big crashes last year while the 2009 season saw a strong second place finish.
”We have never really got the setup right at Gothenburg and equally so for Mantorp Park. But we really got the car right in the last race and it feels like we are in the middle of a flow now. In addition to that, we had a productive test at Karlskoga last week where we got some answers that we are pleased with,” said ”Flash”.

All Swedish tracks are new for Turkington this season, but the street race of Gothenburg provides an extra challenge for the Northern Irishman.
”It will be more difficult compared to the other tracks as there is no room for mistakes with barriers all around the track. You have to respect the circuit and be within the limits and just do a lot of laps. But I have raced at Macau before and we have got a lot of testing ahead of this weekend. I am looking forward to two exciting races,” said Turkington.

Schedule – Gothenburg

Friday 17/6 [closed for public]
16.00 – Test 1 – STCC
17.15 – Test 1 – Carrera Cup
18.15 – Test 2 – STCC
19.20 – Test 2 – Carrera Cup

Saturday 18/6
09.35 – Qualifying – Carrera Cup
10.20 – Q1 – STCC
10.45 – Q2 – STCC
11.30 – Race 1 – Carrera Cup
11.55 – Gridshow
13.05 – Race 2 – STCC
13.40 – Entertainment
14.45 – Race 2 – Carrera Cup
15.35 – Race 2 – STCC

TV-schedule – STCC

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Saturday 21/5
12.30 – Race 1, STCC
14.40 – Race 1, Carrera Cup
15.15 – Race 2, STCC

Sunday 19/6
16.00 – SVT2

Weight list – Gothenburg

+40 kilo = 1225 kilo – BMW 320si E90 [6 speed SQ-box]
+40 kilo = 1210 kilo – BMW 320si E90 [5 speed H-box]
+40 kilo = 1200 kilo – Volkswagen Scirocco
+40 kilo = 1205 kilo – Chevrolet Cruze
+40 kilo = 1199 kilo – Volvo C30
+30 kilo = 1180 kilo – Alfa Romeo 156
+30 kilo = 1180 kilo – SEAT León TFSi
+30 kilo = 1160 kilo – SEAT León TFSi [Jason Watt]
+-0 kilo = 1150 kilo – Honda Accord
-20 kilo = 1120 kilo – BMW 320i E46

Further information

Click here for tickets and information on Gothenburg.
Click here for information on drivers and teams of STCC 2011.

Gothenburg one year ago

Race 1:
1 Robert Dahlgren
2 Mattias Andersson
3 Fredrik Ekblom

Race 2:
1 Richard Göransson
2 Patrik Olsson
3 Fredrik Ekblom

Fastest lap:
Robert Dahlgren – 47.685

Pole position:
Robert Dahlgren – 47.123

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