Robert Dahlgren extends his lead despite losing his victory

Robert Dahlgren leaves Falkenberg with a slightly extended lead in the drivers’ standings, now up to nine points instead of six ahead of Brink Motorsport’s Andreas Wernersson, despite losing out on his Race 1 victory.

The PWR Racing driver was judged to have made unnecessary contact with Tobias Brink’s Audi in Race 1, while in Race 2, the 39-year-old charged from eighth to third without incident, only becoming stuck when he caught the rear of Mattias Andersson’s Honda Civic TCR.

“I had a great car on race day,” said Dahlgren to TouringCarTimes.

“The guys and girls in the team have done an awesome job, you don’t even need to drive perfect for it to go quick.

“I’m happy with my drive in Race 2, I didn’t touch anybody as I made my way though, I just picked my opportunities and hoped they’d see me.”

When he caught Andersson’s Honda, his drive through the field faltered, just as his title rival Andreas Wernersson’s had in Race 1, when the Audi driver was stuck behind the veteran touring car racer for 24 laps.

“I’ve raced Mattias so many times, and he has the widest ass on a race track,” said Dahlgren. “I say it with respect, it was like watching a beautiful painting, he closed the door perfectly everywhere – but it was frustrating for a while.”

Despite missing out on a win at Falkenberg after topping every session, including the warm up, the Cupra driver is proud of the team’s achievement.

“I’m so happy with what we’ve done,” he said. “We’ve made a few changes and achieved so much before this race without any testing.”