The TTA – Racing Elite League hosts its second ever race this weekend. From the small and twisty Karlskoga to the former Formula One track Anderstorp. Completely different conditions for the drivers and team which leaves the top fight more than wide open.
“The premiere is done and the drivers are starting to get to know the cars better, the season starts for real now,” said BMW driver Richard Göransson.
Anderstorp with its long straights and fast sweeping, banked corners means that the drivers will be on a completely different setup compared to Karlskoga. Tyre wear is also a factor that is going to affect the drivers a lot more at Anderstorp. BMW Dealer Team WCR dominated the two test days at Anderstorp in early May with Fredrik Larsson first and Göransson second.
“We were fastest last time out, so we have got a good base for the weekend. I am longing to Anderstorp and I am really looking forward to get going, especially as we didn’t get it completely right in the last race. I think it is going to be even closer at Anderstorp as people are far from where they want to be in the settings still,” said Larsson.
Linus Ohlsson, Saab, and Fredrik Ekblom, Volvo, were the men to beat at Karlskoga, with Ohlsson becoming the first ever winner of a TTA race.
“I am going for the win, anything else would be a disappointment. But the pressure is on me after the victory last time and the others won’t exactly be nicer to me this time,” said Ohlsson.
While most teams had an even spread of results at Karlskoga, the Volvo Polestar Black R-team had the worst possible start to the season with Robert Dahlgren retiring due to clutch failure in the start and Tommy Rustad colliding with Citroën driver Viktor Hallrup later in the race.
Dahlgren and Rustad are two of the drivers that were lost from the race fight at Karlskoga but that shouldn’t be counted out from Anderstorp. Another driver that shouldn’t be disregarded from the top fight is Flash Engineering driver Robin Rudholm. The triple Carrera Cup Scandinavia champion was on top in pre-season testing, but only managed sixth in the premiere.
“I wasn’t pleased with Karlskoga at all, a poor qualifying session with a lot of traffic haunted us through the weekend. I know that we’ve got the speed and the goal for Anderstorp is without a doubt top three,” said Rudholm.
The championship has got two new drivers for this weekend with former Radical Sweden runner-up Markus Nordenström and ex World Series by Renault champion Alx Danielsson joining Citroën team Brovallen Design. Both drivers have the potential to spring a surprise.
With the championship still being just one race old and with the drivers having limited experience of the new TTA cars, Anderstorp is a wide open story still. First indication will arrive on Friday as the first official test session starts at 14.00 CET.
TTA Drivers’ Standings after Karlskoga