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Rydell tops all-Chevy podium

Rickard Rydell took a victory on the very last lap from teammate Nicola Larini to head a Chevrolet 1-2-3.

Once again conditions and tyre choice came into play at Anderstorp. The race started on a wet track after several rain showers but with no further rain in the air. The top drivers started on rain tires and was quick in the beginning, but slicks was faster in the second half of the race. Rickard Rydell went for slicks from ninth place on the grid. He was very quick in the second half when the track was almost completely dry. He passed several cars and chased down teammates Nicola Larini and Alain Menu in the lead. On the very last lap he overtook them both and scored a popular yet controversial victory.
“Slicks was definetly the right choice for me. The key was the opening phase when I could stay with the cars on rain tires. When the track dried the car was very, very good.”

Rickard doesn’t think he did anything wrong overtaking his two teammates.
“I helped them in the first race letting them pass me. I don’t wanna give any more comments on it, but I took the right decision for this race.”

Nicola Larini finished second after having led all laps but the final one. He started on rain tires and headed teammate Alain Menu on the way to his first win with Chevrolet. He wasn’t too pleased afterwards.
“I don’t regret my choice of tires. For the rest I have no comment.”

Alain Menu also chosed rain tires but knew already on the formation lap it was a mistake.
“I knew immediately that it was the wrong choice. With slicks I think I could have won but I’m pleased anyway. To have an eight and third place after qualifying 16:th is pretty good and I’m happy it’s a Chevrolet 1-2-3.”

Robert Dahlgren finished eight in the Bio-Ethanol Volvo after gaining a lot of places in the final laps on slicks. Since he was not eligible for points the final point went to Augusto Farfus who scored BMW:s sole point this weekend, summarizing a disappointing weekend for the German manufacturer.