New season, new car, not the best possible start

The season started quite late for PWR Racing team. Cooperation with a new car manufacturer in STCC, SEAT, came public really late, so the team and it’s partners Combitech and Cliff model did a massive job to get three cars up and running to the first race weekend of the season.

It meant no testing with the car before the premier and two times 30 minutes test sessions before time qualifications were not enough to solve out some setup and technical issues. I must say that Skövde race weekend was absolutely the toughest in years… it really felt like everything was going wrong all the time. As I said, we had some technical issues, setup issues, and i must admit that my concentration wasn’t at the best either due to personal worries during the week.

In addition to all the tough occasions, our car crashed with a deer on the way to the hotel on Saturday night (time qualification day)… My engineer and I were fine but I couldn’t say the same about the deer nor the car. The time was about 1am when I was in bed and I had to wake up at 6:30am on a raceday. I don’t know if the short night sleep was the reason for my little mistake during race one when I turned the car into the first corner a bit too early trying to decrease understeering and hit just a bit the inner wall where the car just jumped to the outside wall which was really near.

I couldn’t continue the race and my mechanics did a massive job to get the car fixed to the next race. Unfortunately we were a bit too late on the grid so I had to start last (i should have started 4th). We didn’t have time to put the car on the scales before the race so when I was braking hard for the first time end of a long straight, my right front tyre locked up really badly because of the imbalance of the car and damaged the tyre heavily. I miscalculated the damage and thought I could continue with the tyre but when I was braking into the first corner, the wheels locked again and there was absolutely nothing I could do to save it because there was concrete walls all over. I crashed onto the wall very heavily.

What can I say… just absolutely unbelievably shit weekend. Something I definitely want to forget now that I’ve dealed with it in my head.

Luckily there are such great fans, supportive people and family all around me who are believing in me and supporting me. My racing family PWR Racing did a great job fixing the car but it just was a tough weekend for all of us. I’m just really proud of the team and its partners that we even had 3 cars at the first race weekend. The last car was ready on thursday morning at 5am… we will definitely be more prepared in Mantorp after 3 weeks and get on the highest step with good consistent job during the season.


Hope and some glory at Solvalla

There was a lot of hope and also some glory at Solvalla! What a race, a great  atmosphere and a great event for PWR Racing Team!

I have seen a couple of videos after the race and how the audience cheered for me… absolutely fantastic! It really brings tears to my eyes to see that racing can be so emotional to people and they feel as passionate about it as I do.

I did put on a show at the track with some nice overtakes and drama. My car wasn’t in the best shape after race one, I must admit. I drove myself up to 5th place from 8th with some nice overtakes.

I was pushing hard from the first lap. My car was destroyed in the beginning of the race and little by little more peaces fell off. My tires didn’t work for the first 5 laps, but after that I could push really hard even if some parts where not quite on place… Sorry guys.

In the second race I started 5th and drove myself up to second place when I overtook Richard Göransson. With two laps left it started to rain and I estimated the grip a bit wrong, locked my wheels when braking, drove out and came back to track in P4.

I really put on a great fight in the last lap but I wasn’t able to get myself up to 3rd. That was a great pity but that’s racing.

In Solvalla I had a good car and I was able to show everyone what Finnish Sisu means.  I’m so hungry for my first STCC victory in two weeks time at Ring Knutstorp.

A big thanks to our great team and all of our awesome partners!


Congratulations Carl Philip

The STCC race at Falkenberg marked a new milestone when prince Carl Philip won the second race on Saturday. Carl Philip proved that he is a true racing driver. He made no mistakes under pressure and showed good speed all weekend. I would like to congratulate him for a well deserved win. But now it is my turn to achieve a milestone, my first win.

Looking back at Falkenberg it was a trouble filled weekend. On Friday we tried to find a good setup, but it was difficult. I managed ninth in qualifying, a position I can’t be happy with.

In race one a minor crash and contact damaged my front, so the hood just went off and my car looked like a stock car. With no ground effect left it was impossible to race, but I finished ninth and saved some points.

In race two I started second on the grid. I had a discussion with Carl Philip before the race and we agreed to try to make it through the first corner without any damage. He made it but I hit my team mate Daniel so my tape fixed front body gave up and the front light was stuck between the wheel and the chassis.

I had to pit after the safety car came in and my race was pretty much there. Again I managed to take the car home and save a couple of points, but the race was not what I had hoped for. Last year I was second, an achievement I would have liked to top this year.

We learned a lot at Falkenberg, but we ran out of time trying to figure out a good setup. I still feel we are getting closer of finding a setup that will help me win my first race. So not a lot memorize layer from my point of view from Falkenberg but I am happy that Poker and Daniel won in the GT:s and our junior team presented well!

Next up is Gelleråsen in August. I will try my best to win. But I need a good car. We are getting there. I feel it.


Second podium in a row!

I had high hopes for the evening race concept at Mantorp Park. The day turned out to be as good as I expected. I got my second podium in a row and my third in STCC.

But it was a though day. We started early and the second race finished late in the evening. We did everything in one day that we usually do in two.

A total of five maximum attacks during the day and 50 degrees in the car with full gear was quite an effort. It was important to keep hydrated and keep care of the energy level during the day. I must say, I was really tired and really happy when the second race was over.

But I like the evening race concept, hope to see it next year again in STCC.

I was quite happy with my qualifying speed. We are getting there. Fifth in Q1 and Superpole show that we are finding the speed to challenge for top 3. But to be honest, I ruined race one with a bad start. The STCC-car is not meant to do burnouts with, but that is what I did. I did a solid race though and finished 7:th, just behind team-mate Daniel. So we got some really valuable points.

The second race with the turned starting grid was typical for STCC. A lot of drama and close racing.  Again I missed the start and could not defend my position. But I decided to drive tactically and stay out of trouble. It paid off, big time. With only 5 laps reaming the safety car gathered the field. My team radioed that – Emma, you are third. I could not believe it.

The last lap was a thriller. Fredrik Larsson chased me to the finish line. What an ending to a though day. Third felt like victory!

Now I am looking forward to Falkenberg next week. It is one of my absolute favorite tracks. And remember, I almost won there last year!


Great feeling to be on the podium again!

It is always a great feeling, the feeling of being on the podium. Third place in race two at Anderstorp Raceway was almost more than expected. I am really happy.

The team did such a great job. They worked hard and even though we had problems finding the right setup I had a great car on Saturday, being able to push and race hard in though conditions.

My team mate Daniel helped be defend the third place making it difficult for Thed Björk and Richard Göransson to catch me. In fact, I could pull away from Björk and that was really a proof that we are able to challenge for wins this season.

Anderstorp is legendary racing ground. It was here Ronnie Peterson and the other Formula 1 drivers competed in the 70s. On Friday I was far from happy to be at Anderstorp. I was feeling awful, miserable to be honest. I had fever and my body was far from ready to go racing.

I managed to secure sixth place in qualifying. But the gap to the front row was too big. I was far from happy.

I had a good night sleep and I felt better on Saturday morning. Then came the rain and again we had to change the setup. The compromise we decided to keep was pretty okay. The track conditions were tricky, but I felt I had a good car.

In race one I missed the start a little bit. But I overtook some cars and the settled to secure my fifth place and valuable points. I was really tired after the race. I went almost straight to the trailer and felt a sleep. They woke me up just before the second race. I almost felt I did not want to race. But I am happy I did.

It was a hard fight. I lost some places in the start again, but I pushed hard and overtook a couple of cars. I was able to overtake Richard Göransson and when I caught Daniel he did not keep me behind for long. He saw I was faster, so no use keeping me behind. I had a lot of close moments, four wheel slides and braking points just pushing the car in wrong direction.

I could not catch Fredrik Larsson or Fredrik Ekblom, but I am really pleased I could keep the rest behind me. My second STCC career podium. Now I have a second and a third place. Try to guess what the next aim is, YES the WIN! That is what we will achieve soon, really soon!


Scored points, but there was also drama

Then it is completed, the 2015 STCC season opening.

I finished 6th in the first race, which is ok, and especially when I lost my front breaks in the end of the race as well as the gears didn’t work either as they should have.  I settled for sixth and some valuable points.

In the second race, where I started 4th, I was hit by Richard Göransson in the first lap. He missed braking and lost the car and hit me after a long straight with high speed. I think the back of my car went in like 20cm and front was destroyed as well when I hit someone in front of me. So very frustrating.

What is encouraging is that we have good speed in the car. Without the technical problems I could push hard and challenge for top positions. Last year was though because I was coming back from  a 4 year break from racing. Now I have more mileage in the car, I have the confidence and I understand how it all works in STCC. I really feel I can be historical this year and take the first win.

In the end of May we’ll take a rematch, that’s for sure. Really looking forward to the Anderstorp race, historical F1 ground!


What’s happening during my offseason?

I’m really happy to continue racing also this year in STCC in cooperation with PWR Racing Team. We had a good season with ups and downs. I’m absolutely sure we will do fantastic results this year and I hope to get my first win in the series! It wasn’t the easiest part to come back after four years because even though the talent still existed, the body wasn’t quite there yet. Trust in the car and myself was sometimes missing. Of course it was a totally new situation for me because I had been driving only formula cars before and the racing is cleaner there but I learned A LOT last year. About everything, mostly about myself and the car. Now I’m prepared for the season and thousands times better than I was last year!

A lot has happened during the offseason as well. I’ve been working as a safety and eco driving coach and wrote a book (which came out of the book printing house today btw and will be published for the Finnish media next week!!) for women about owning and taking care of a car as well as driving it. It’s called a Woman’s driving guide (Naisen autoiluopas) and maybe we’ll translate it to Swedish as well. Time will show. In addition I became a radio show host for the biggest commercial radio channel in Finland, Radio Nova. I’m doing a four hour show, three days of the week. And that’s not all of it. I became a Formula 1 commentator as well for Finnish F1 TV-team for MTV. It’s pretty awesome.

I’m also taking part to the Finnish Masterchef VIP tv-program and showing my knowhow in kitchen. Will see if I become the first Finnish celebrity Masterchef… One stage down, more to come because I won my own heat 😉 Masterchef VIP airs on Finnish Nelonen on tuesdays at 8pm.

But I’m most exited about the upcoming racing season. I’m training physically hard 5 times a week to be fittest I can for the season. Doing a lot on the mental site as well.

What else, well I’m really happy. My daughter is going to be 2 years old soon and she is absolutely great! And my husband is lovely as always. Life is gooooooood!

x Emma


End of a dramatic season!

What a first season in the STCC series!

I hit the headlines big time after I crashed with the prince, Carl Philip in the first race. It continued with a huge crash in Göteborg, not my fault, where my Saab was badly damaged.

After my second place in Falkenberg I thought I could turn around the season, but again, technical problems and minor crashes made it impossible to step up to the level I would have wanted to reach this season.

Of course, I have to be realistic. Four years absent from racing and no testing have made it very difficult, to be honest impossible, to challenge the top drivers. I have the speed, and when we get everything right with the team, we are able to drive for the podiums.

I was really looking forward to the season finale at Mantorp. On Friday it all started to go wrong. I could not take part in the test sessions because of a electricity problem in the engine. The team worked like crazy and got the car ready for qualifying, but without any testing the setup was far from optimal. Also the fact that I had been at Mantorp 7 years ago, made the qualifying quite interesting without any testing. I managed to set the 11th fastest time, something I can’t be pleased with.

In the races I finished 10th and 9th. I took the car home in one peace in both races and we managed to find a better setup for the second race, that I’m happy about because we have again learned something new. But unfortunately there is not so much to do from the 11th place.

My goal for the weekend was to have a big smile on my face. I admit, I did not fully succeed with that, but when I crossed the finish line in the race two and the car had been good, I felt that I want to come back as soon as possible. Get some more time in the STCC car, learn more about the setup, work with the boys in the team and set some good results.

It has been an challenging but fascinating season. I want to thank Daniel, Poker and the PWR Racing Team for believing in me. I am disappointed I could not deliver the results I had hoped for. But this has been a learning and build up season, both for me and the team. We managed to get the second car on the grid and that is a huge step forward. I really hope I can be part of the PWR Racing 2015 assault because we are really stepping up to a whole new level, that’s for sure!


Let’s put up a great show at Mantorp!

I have to admit that I had high hopes for the Solvalla STCC-weekend in Stockholm. When I saw the track for the first time on Thursday I realized that the racing could be tricky. STCC had done a huge job getting everything ready in just one week, but new asphalt and a lot of dirt is always a challenge for racing cars. And it was.

If STCC had done a huge job, the PWR Racing Team had done an amazing job getting a second car ready for Solvalla. Daniel Haglöf, my team boss, took the wheel for the first time this season and it was a historical moment lining up two PWR Racing Saabs.  Because of the second car I got a new engineer for Solvalla. I love working with him. Solvalla was the first race this season when we really thought outside the box and tried different setup options, and I learned a lot about the car.

Pole position in race one. I felt I had a good lead turning in to the first corner, but there was no room, a Kia was squeezed between the wall and my Saab. To avoid a crash I had to leave room. A couple of laps later I was hit again, dropping a few places down. I continued racing but two corners after, at the same lap, I was hit again, this time forcing me to retire from the race.

I had to retire from race two also, when my engine blew up and caught fire. But before that I did some really good lap times and my pace was really encouraging.  We are racing drivers ready to put up a good show every race.  The racing has been very though this season. It’s a shame when drivers have to retire from races. Close racing is one thing, but wrecking cars is another. I have been quite often the one getting hit this season, but it is part of the game, obviously.

Solvalla was from the racing perspective a though weekend. We put up a good show for about 20.000 spectators. The team had over 100 guests and they all had a really good time. I want to return to Solvalla, I absolutely love the venue.  My focus is now on the Season Finale at Mantorp Park. I want to finish the season with a big smile on my face.

I hope the racing at Mantorp will be fair. So boys, let’s put up a good show and finish the season on a high, at east I will!


The car is in one piece, and I got some points

What a dramatic race weekend again. There was a lot going on in both races, but for once I wasn’t fully involved. I did not wreck the car, it is in one peace. I also got some points, for finishing sixth in race one and seventh in race two.  So in overall, the race weekend at Ring Knutstorp was OK.I started fourth in race one but I missed the start, my mistake, and fell down to eight. I had a good pace and the car felt really good. Then it started to happen. Linus Ohlsson tried a “mission impossible” move on Richard Göransson. Suddenly there was cars all over the place. I was hit from behind by Mattias Lindberg, I spun and ended up on the grass. The car was ok, I started the engine again and continued driving, but I dropped to last.

The Safety Car came out and we did quite many laps behind it. I had a good restart and pushed hard to overtake Carl Philip. It’s very difficult to overtake at Ring Knutstorp and he did a good job, but I passed him and finished sixth.

In the race two I was fourth coming in to the first corner. I chased Thed Björk, Fredrik Larsson and Philip Forsman. I dived in on Forsman and tried to overtake him on lap five. The track was very slippery and I had to put my right front wheel on the gravel, I locked it and slid to the side of Forsman’s car. It was not a hard, but enough to push Forsman off track. I was penalized with a drive trough and I think I deserved it. After that I found myself in seventh place back on track, behind Carl Philip.

The reminding laps I tried my best to overtake Carl Philip. I did not succeed, I tried on the inside and outside, but he closed every door effectively. All credit to Carl Philip, he deserved sixth place. I can’t be too disappointed, but without the incidents I could have finished higher, at least in race two. We fought well again and learned some more about the car.

I can’t wait for the Solvalla race, it is a narrow track, so everything is possible again. I will do my best to put up a great show for all the fans, and hopefully get a new podium and THE FIRST WIN!I hope to see many fans at Solvalla,
Stockholm because it’s going to be a
special event!