Scott McLaughlin stepped in for Prince Carl Philip this weekend at the opening round of the Scandinavian Touring Car Champioship. The V8 Supercar driver was immediately impressive and on the pace straight away, being just two tenths from Richard Dahlgren in qualifying in second position.
Scott went on to finish second in the first race from fourth on the grid, just two seconds from race winner Dahlgren. But the second race saw him being taken out by Reuben Kressner in the hairpin on lap five after he had fought his way into the top three from ninth on the grid.
”I was hit from behind in the second race, nothing I could do about it. While that was disappointing, I am pleased with my pace in qualifying and to claim a podium finish. My goal was to break into the top three and that is what I have done,” said McLaughlin.
As the dust settles from the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship season opener, Scott McLaughlin returns to Australia and heads to Perth for the next round of the V8 Supercar championship.
”This has been an eventful and successful weekend for us. It was a shame that McLaughlin was eliminated in the second race, but he has delivered way beyond expectations and we are more than pleased with his efforts,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.
STCC Skövde Airport Race
Length: 2146 m
Lap record (STCC): 0:49.964, McLaughlin
Race 1 – Top 5
1 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 24 laps
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +1.572
3 Linus Ohlsson Saab 9-3 +15.877
4 Johan Kristoffersson SEAT León +21.144
5 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +30.564
DNF Richard Göransson Volvo S60
Race 2 – Top 5
1 Richard Göransson Volvo S60 24 laps
2 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +7.234
3 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +14.543
4 Rasmus Mårthen Ford Mondeo +16.195
5 Johan Kristoffersson SEAT León +16.417
DNF Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60
Q1 – Top 5
1 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 49.479
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.181
3 Richard Göransson Volvo S60 +0.296
4 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +0.496
5 Daniel Haglöf SEAT León +0.676
Q2 – Top 5
1 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 49.919
2 Richard Göransson Volvo S60 +0.152
3 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +0.233
4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.336
5 Linus Ohlsson Saab 9-3 +0.343
Drivers – Top 5
1 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 68 points
2 Richard Göransson Volvo S60 40 (-28)
3 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE 37 (-31)
4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 36 (-32)
5 Johan Kristoffersson SEAT León 26 (-42)