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!