Volvo driver Fredrik Ekblom heads in to the summer break of the TTA – Racing Elite League 2012 as championship leader.
“I am really pleased with the first half. We haven’t been outside the top five once and I have claimed fastest lap in three out of four races,” said Ekblom.
Ekblom had a tough weekend at Falkenberg with sixth in qualifying, his worst result so far this year, a position that he improved by two positions in the race.
“This weekend was tough for us, but fourth isn’t a disaster and we got important points with us. The car got worse towards the end of the race and that is the opposite of how it has behaved in the previous races. We are going to analyze this ahead of the next race,” said Ekblom.
His main championship rivals Linus Ohlsson and Richard Göransson finished ahead of him, reducing the gap in the points. But Ekblom says he is not worried.
“You have to take these weekends, there will always be things like this during a season. I got spun around in Gothenburg and still managed to fight back up and I gained two positions in this race. The important thing is to still score points in these weekends when things does not go as planned,” said Ekblom.
Despite the modest results at Falkenberg, Volvo Polestar Racing heads all three championships after the first half of TTA 2012 with Ekblom in the lead of the drivers’ championship, Polestar Racing in the teams’ and Volvo in the manufacturers’ standings.
“We were unable to to get that last percent this weekend but the team and drivers continued to push hard and secured as many points as we could today. The hard work and never give up attitude enables us to take a short and well-needed rest in the lead of all three championship,” said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director of Volvo Cars.