Photo: STCC/Anders Helgesson

Oliver Söderström completes Lestrup Racing Team line-up

Lestrup Racing Team has confirmed that Oliver Söderström joins Andreas Bäckman for its 2022 STCC TCR Scandinavia line-up and the 23-year-old is aiming high.

“I am aiming for the title, it is the logical next step forward for me and the team,” said Söderström.

“We had a season of ups and down last year, but I see that as something positive as we know where we need to improve for this season. I feel really motivated and I know that we have the pieces of the puzzle to challenge for the title on a new level.”

Söderström finished fourth overall last year and will start his fourth STCC season with the team this year.

“Oliver crowns our strengthened programme for 2022 and the entire team is just as motivated as him to take on the titles this year,” said Fredrik Lestrup, co-owner of Lestrup Racing Team.

“We are delighted with our line-up, to have Oliver joining Andreas Bäckman, and we are confident that we have one of the strongest line-ups of the championship this year. And that will be needed as we’re facing a really tough field.”

The Swede finished fourth overall last year behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, a car that he will not drive this year as the team is yet to confirm which manufacturer it will switch to for 2022.

“The new car is a real boost for us as we struggled in some areas with our old car last year,” said Oliver Söderström.

“There are of course additional challenges in switching to a new car. But we struggled a lot in qualifying and on the straights last year, something we should not do this year. I’m really excited ahead of when we reveal the new car.”