Ahlberg wins Race 2 in Denmark from Brink and Dahlgren
08 September 2019
Andreas Ahlberg took his second victory of the season in an eventful TCR Scandinavia’s Race 2 at Jyllandsringen. The Micke Kågered driver crossed the finishing line ahead of Tobias Brink and Robert Dahlgren in a result that made the battle for the title even closer.
Hannes Morin made a poor start from the pole and so Ahlberg led the field into T1 from Brink, Andreas Wernersson, Morin, Casper Elgaard and Dahlgren; behind them, Kim Lund Johanson and Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky came together, the Dane lost control of his CUPRA and collected the Alfa Romeo Giulietta of Martin Jensen. Both cars remained stranded in the gravel trap at T1 and the safety car deployed.
The race resumed on lap 4, and Mattias Andersson overtook Åhlin-Kottulinsky for P7; soon afterwards Wernersson looked in trouble with the handling of his Audi and dropped from third to fifth, before losing another two places to Andersson and Åhlin-Kottulinsky.
The fight for the lead was very close, with Ahlberg, Brink, Morin, Elgaard and Dahlgren covered by less than two seconds. On lap 10, Dahlgren passed Elgaard for P4 and then began chasing Morin at each braking point. They made contact once on the pit straight and in lap 13, Elgaard joined the fight and tried to pass both at the end of the straight. However, as Morin closed the door, the Dane braked on the wet part of the track, his Honda skidded out of control and hit Morin’s Audi. Both cars went off onto the gravel, while Dahlgren safely went through to finish in third position behind Ahlberg and Brink.
In the standings, Dahlgren has retained his leadership with a margin of 21 points over Brink, while Ahlberg has climbed to third, a further ten points adrift. Wernersson finished the race in sixth position and dropped to fourth in the championship, 38 points behind the leader.
The final event of TCR Scandinavia will take place at Mantorp Park on October 4th/5th.
1. Andreas Ahlberg (Micke Kågered Racing, Volkswagen Golf GTI), 16 laps
2. Tobias Brink (Brink Motorsport, Audi RS 3 LMS), 0.806
3. Robert Dahlgren (PWR Racing, CUPRA), 6.270
4. Mattias Andersson (Honda Racing Sweden, Honda Civic FK2), 9.957
5. Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky (PWR Racing, CUPRA), 10.213
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