Martin Öhlin retires in second race

Postad av Mediaempire 2011-07-02 17:07

The second race in Falkenberg gave fewer points than the first race for WestCoast Racing. Richard Göransson finished sixth and Martin Öhlin retired after gearbox problems.
”What a boring race to be honest. I got caught behind Rydell’s Chevrolet and we have not chance on the straights behind that car and the Volkswagens. We are much quicker but can pass when they get away from us on the straights and you can’t do anything but just tag along,” Richard says.

The high temperatures in the cockpit got even worse for Richard when he was hit from behind which cracked the exhaust.
”It got a bit too hot and I burnt both my hands and my feet so the final laps were a struggle. Even so we had a decent weekend, we got another podium here and collected a lot of points again. My goal for the rest of the season is to win my own championship. It started in Gothenburg last race weekend and ends at the final race at Mantorp. We’ve had two good point weekends so far,” he finishes.

Martin Öhlin got a great start from 12th position and was up to ninth, just two spots behind Richard Göransson. After having had the second best lap time in the first race he showed that was no coincidence as he was fast yet again in this race. His race ended however when he no longer had fifth gear.
”Apparently you need that to be fast here. I got a great start and felt we yet again had strong race pace. Unfortunately it ended much too soon. I’m very happy with our race pace but I really must start qualifying better,” Martin says.

STCC now take a break for the summer before the action returns at Karlskoga August 12th and 13th.

Result top eight, heat 2 Falkenberg:
1: Jan Nilsson, BMW 25 laps
2: Johan Sturesson, BMW + 0,455
3: Colin Turkington, BMW + 1,972
4: Patrik Olsson, Volkswagen + 4,154
5: Rickard Rydell, Chevrolet + 4,486
6: Richard Göransson, BMW 4,923
7: Tommy Rustad, Volvo + 5,393
8: Fredrik Ekblom, Volkswagen + 7,654

Martin Öhlin DNF