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At least five teams ready for the STCC in 2017

This is Swedish racing driver Tomas Engström putting the pedal to the metal in a very fast Honda Civic, back in 2012 at Mantorp circuit in Sweden. I’m looking forward seeing at least one Honda on the grid! Photo by Johan Åhlund

The cars will be TCR-cars, and hopefully it will be more cars on the grid than before. Last year was not the finest moment in Swedish racing history. Don’t get me wrong, the racing was great, the drivers phenomenal, and we have some great tracks here. But we need larger grids, and cheaper cars that do not cost an arm and a leg to run. Last year there were way too few cars competing. At Falkenberg racetrack I watched a race with just five cars finishing (ok there was some carnage, but what the heck). That has got to change; otherwise the audience will stay at home.

The former STCC cars were extremely expensive, it’s very important that the new cars will be cheaper to run and maintain. If there are less cars racing next year, the sport will lose its attraction to many fans. Fortunately the former STCC-cars will race in the GT-series.

SEAT Leon TCR during the first shakedown. It sounded fantastic and looked quite fast. Photo : Johan Åhlund

Lets hope for several new teams in the STCC this year

In May, I visited the Mantorp Park circuit at a sports car event and watched the testing of the new Seat Leon TCR-car. Man, it did sound awesome. And it seems to behave very well on the soaked track. I was actually surprised by the performance and sound, it did look fast and I imagined in my mind a starting grid with a bunch of other cars like it. That would be great to watch.

This is the new Volkswagen Golf TCR, a car that will be driven by at least two teams in the STCC next year. Photo: Lestrup Racing Team.

When im writing this, only five teams are presented for 2017. That is alarmingly few. However, STCC driver Markus Annervi just signed on to run a Honda Civic TCR, and Greger Petersson, head at Sportpromotion just said to STCC.se that he has two more JAS-built Honda Civics available for other drivers to rent. PWR Racing Team will run at least two Seat Leon cars. LMS Racing will enter with the Audi RS3 TCR, and Fredrik Lestrup at Lestrup Racing Team and Experion Racing Team will race join the others in the very popular VW Golf TCR.

It sure will be exciting to see how many cars will be joining the grid on Ring Knutstorp the fourth of May. Hopefully the grid will hold at least 12 cars, that would be great. More info as always on STCC.SE.

Text and Photo : Johan Åhlund
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The Volkswagen Golf Country Syncro

This is a rare sight, the mighty Golf Country Syncro. Photo by Johan Åhlund

You might describe it as the little mountain goat version of Volkswagen´s ûberpopular Golf.

This is a 1991 Volkswagen Golf Country Syncro. Yes, that’s right; it’s not just a car. It’s also a country. It has four wheel drive (syncro, in Volkswagens own vocabulary), higher suspension travel, a skid plate and some intimidating looking cattle pushers (more like bars to protect the headlamps, but the word cattle pushers sounds so much meaner). But hey, it’s not recommended to push cattle, not even with this car.

You might say it’s a car for the adventurous type. Made for bearded fearless blokes, that gladly spends a weekend in a swamp or wants to roam around in the forest. If you get a flat tire while climbing mountains, no need to panic. There is a spare wheel mounted on the back. Guys like Bear Grylls and Sir Ranulph Fiennes would have loved this car (i think).

This is not a Golf Gti

Unfortunately it is not as powerful as the popular Golf Gti. I guess many owners would have preferred the Country with a bit more oomph. Instead this car has a 1.8 liter petrol engine, with a 98 bhp. It’s not a rocket, but it’s funky and quite charming. A little bit like a posh Lada Niva.

Taking a closer look, this example is actually quite nice. Ok, it might need a little tender love and care, but it’s in ok condition. It has grey leather seats, electric and heated mirrors, flashy graphics that looked old even when new, funky wheels, four doors and a sun roof. What more could you want, back in 1990?

Compared to a standard Golf, this is way cooler. Unfortunately Volkswagen only made 7735 of these. It’s a shame that they only was made in 1990-1991. Therefore tidy examples now are starting to increase in value. When I took this picture at a classic car meet, people loved it, and it got a lot of attention. I actually kind of like it.

Text and Photo : Johan Åhlund
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