The Scandinavian Touring Car Championship makes its first and only visit outside of Sweden this weekend. Jyllandsringen in Denmark is the host of the sixth round of the championship and points leader Johan Kristoffersson is eager to get going.
“I am looking forward to the race at Jyllandsringen. We are most likely going to face tough opposition, but we have got a small advantage as none of our competitors have driven on the track with their new cars,” said Kristoffersson.
Rydell is eight points behind Kristoffersson and while he raced at Jyllandsringen twice last year, the Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T has never before taken on the track.
“We are four drivers in the fight for the title, my self, Michel [Nykjaer], Johan Kristoffersson and Tomas Engström and the races in Denmark will be very important. We are a strong team and Jyllandsringen should suits us well, but we need a bit more luck than we’ve had recently and I need to regain the points I’m behind,” said Rydell.
While Rydell is the best placed Chevrolet driver in the championship, the Danish crowd will cheer on his team mate Michel Nykjaer.
“It is going to be great racing in STCC on home ground. I need a good weekend to stay in the title fight and I will do everything to give my home crowd as much as possible to be happy over,” said Nykjaer.
Honda driver Tomas Engström passed Nykjaer in the championship after his double victory in Östersund and is currently 27 points from championship leader Kristoffersson.
Niclas Olsson, driving a naturally aspirated SEAT León, is still on top of the privateers table after winning all but two races this year. Brothers Andreas and Joakim Ahlberg are closest in second and third, but 34 and 76 points behind respectively.