Robin Knutsson set for STCC debut with Lestrup Racing Team
Robin Knutsson is going to make his STCC TCR Scandinavia debut with reigning champions Lestrup Racing Team this season.
“I’m thrilled to join reigning champions Lestrup Racing Team and to take the step up to the STCC TCR Scandinavia,” said Knutsson.
The 19-year-old has raced in go-karts for the past five years and completed a first test with the team in November last year.
“This is a bigger step than I had first imagined as young drivers usually go from single seaters or a support class to the STCC rather than straight from go-karts,” said Knutsson.
“But this spurs me on and I can’t wait to get properly started, especially after my first test that went really well.”
Knutsson has been part of the Young Driver Programme of Lestrup Racing Team and has never before raced a TCR car.
“This is a key milestone for our junior programme and we are delighted to have Robin with us, he has shown impressive form during testing,” said Fredrik Lestrup, co-owner of Lestrup Racing.
“He drove more than 100 laps at Mantorp Park last year and showed impressive speed.
“The day started with freezing temperatures and rain, but he didn’t put a wheel wrong all day and set a competitive pace when the circuit finally dried up. We will work closely throughout the season to give him all the tools to take the step from go-karts to the STCC in the best way possible.”
The team has stated that further news on its 2021 line-up will come “during the coming month”, also hinting a potential expansion on the number of cars compared to last year.