Göransson and Öhlin ready for second half

Postad av Mediaempire 2011-08-10 09:30

WestCoast Racing drivers Richard Göransson and Martin Öhlin are feeling relaxed and ready after the summer break and are hungry for success in the last eight races of the season in STCC. Coming up first is Gelleråsen outside Karlskoga this weekend and Richard Göransson looks forward to return to his home track.
”It’s my home track coming up next and I’ve won there many times. I always enjoy driving there and there are a lot of friends, fans and partners there to give me some extra support.”

Richard has had a very different season after his serious injury in Denmark and a long break before he returned to STCC in a victorious fashion at Gothenburg and claimed another podium two weeks later at Falkenberg. It took a lot out of him and he now feels recharged for the second half of the sason.
”It’s been very different for me and I also returned earlier than planned after my injury. The races in Gothenburg and Falkenberg were very eexhausting both mentally and physically and the break has been good to me after those two weekends. I’ve had a nice and relaxed vacation together with my daugther and my family.”

The weekend in Karlskoga starts with an official STCC-test on Thursday followed by practice and qualifying in Friday and the two races on Saturday. Richard heads to Karlskoga with a clear goal in his mind.
”Of course I go there to win, my goal is to win at least one race and advance in my own championship table which started in Gothenburg,” Richard finishes. He’s scored 55 points in the last four races.

Martin Öhlin also looks forward to return to the cockpit of his BMW after a long summer break. Although based in Stockholm the Gelleråsen track 250 kilometres away is in many respects his home track as well and he is feeling recharged a motivated for the weekend.
”I’ve managed to use the break for not thinking about racing at all and I have relaxed by doing a lot of other sports instead. I feel I will come to my own favourite track with a lot of new energy. I usually go well there and I look forward to see what I can manage to do there in the STCC-car,” Martin says.

He’s had a tough rookie season in STCC so far which hasn’t really turned out as planned. There’s been no question about his speed bu so far he has not managed to turn that into any results he is happy with. He plans to change that now.
”My start has definetly been kind of mixed. I have the speed but I would like to get some results now as well. We will use the Thursday test to get up to speed and I know that if I can just get qualifying right I will managed to drive good races. My expectations this weekend is to get paid in results for the speed we’ve had all year.”

Even though there’s been a summer break for Göransson and Öhlins since the last race in STCC, WestCoast Racing has not taken a break. The team has continued racing in GT where WestCoast Racing now heads the drivers and the team championship in the Swedish GT league. Team manager Dick Jönsson Wigroth is happy to see the team start the STCC-programme again.
”With dual programmes this year we’ve not had a break and have contiuned racing as usual. Our STCC-season this year is very different compared to previous seasons with Richards injury in Denmark and a tough start to the season. We could return to the winners circle in Gothenburg and we will start getting the victories and the points in the remaining races. Richard and Martin has had a chance to take a break and recharge and we are looking forward to an exciting autumn for us,” Dick concludes.

FACTS – STCC-weekend at Karlskoga


Time schedule, STCC Karlskoga August 11th – 13th

August 11th
Official STCC-test

August 12th
14:05 STCC, test
17:20 STCC, qualifying
17:45 STCC, qualifying 2

August 13th
09:40 STCC, warm up
11:50 Gridshow/lunch
13:05 STCC, heat 1
15:35 STCC, heat 2

TV-schedule, STCC Karlskoga:

Viasat Motor Saturday August 13th:
12:30 Race 1
15:15 Race 2

SVT Sunday August 14th:
16:25, SVT 1

WestCoast Racing at Gelleråsen 2010:

May 22nd:
Q1: Richard Göransson P8
Q2: Richard Göransson P8

Heat 1: Richard Göransson, P6
Heat 2: Richard Göransson, P3

August 14th:

Q1: Richard Göransson P5
Q2: Richard Göransson P4

Heat 1: Richard Göransson, P5
Heat 2: Richard Göransson, P4

Richard Göransson, STCC Gelleråsen:
7 victories & 7 podiums

Martin Öhlin, STCC Gelleråsen:
STCC-debut 2011
2 victories & 3 podiums in Carrera Cup Scandinavia