On days like these… What happened the last weekend at Anderstorp turns out to be the continuation of a matchless winning streak of our team!
Already from the first stages of the first practice Jan Brunstedt and Christer Lindholm dominated the timesheets what finally peaked in the pole position.
During both races the drivers did a fantastic job without any mistakes and kept a cool head. Starting from pole position on saturday Jan and Christer scored the fourth consecutive win of this season.
The victory on saturday meant pole position for the 5th race on sunday (2nd of the event), too. Right from the start the Audi R8 LMS of JB Motorsport lead the field of various opponents and finally crossed the finish line with a lead of more than 50 seconds.
We are more than happy with the results of that weekend, the whole team including all mechanics, engineers and our families did a great job and had a good time! Nevertheless we still stay focused for more victories and for sure to go for the championship!
Next round of racing takes place on the 7th of September at Knutstorp.
Last weekend Jan Brunstedt participated in the Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia in Class B. In both races he was able to score the class victory! Because of the recent successes he now leads the Class B championship.
The races have been a good preparation for the upcoming race in Swedish GT Championship, which we are really looking forward to!
Read more race reports here Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia Website
Jan Brunstedt took his third win when Swedish GT visited Gothenburg and their City Race. The JB Motorsport qualified third behind the Ferrari´s of Italian Matteo Babalus and Hampus Rydman – the former in a 458 Challenge car and the latter driving an ex- GT2 430. But Babalus co-driver – Jerry Wiener – crashed the 458 at the end of qualifying, which unfortunately made them a non-starter.
Race day was wet and it was the Ferrari 430 of Rydman who led the field, ahead of Johan Sturesson´s Porsche and the Audi of Brunstedt. In a bid to catch the Ferrari, Sturesson lost the car in the Turn 1 and crashed into the tyre wall, bringing out the Safety Car. Brunstedt was first to react and made his pit-stop one lap earlier than Rydman and took over the lead once all cars had pitted. During the closing laps the gap between them came down from eight to five seconds, before another period behind the Safety Car, caused by Peter Wallenberg hitting the barriers in his Aston Martin GT4. Before that the slippery surface had caught out the GT4 Ford Mustang of Martin Sventén and the Chevron of Jimmy Johansson – the GR8 losing it´s rear wing which didn´t stop Johansson. After an extra pit stop he could continue and drove bravely to the finish without much rear grip.
GT4 was dominated by the Ginetta G50 of Peter Larsen/Johan Rosén, who led from start to finish. Peter Wallenberg and the G50 of Norwegian driver Aleksander Schjerpen had a good fight for second, before Wallenbergs crash, and the BMW M3 of Joakim Söderström/Milton Lundström came home third.
A thin field of only 11 cars took part, showing that street circuits are not very popular among the GT teams. Next time the grid will be much bigger as the Avon European GT4 Cup joins Swedish GT at Anderstorp on August 16-18. Before that some of the Scandinavian GT4 teams will go to Spa-Francorchamps for the third round of the European Series.
During the practice sessions we got a very famous visitor, who made us very proud. King Carl Gustaf visited our team at trackside and had a talk with Jan Brunstedt.
The JB Motorsport Audi R8 LMS with Christer “Cralle” Lindholm and Jan Brunstedt took a clear win at Mantorp Park – the second round of the Swedish GT series. Lindholm qualified the car on pole, 1,4 seconds ahead of the quickest Ferrari 458 Challenge car of Italian Matteo Belabus. Five more Challenge cars followed with Björn Grossman and Alx Danielsson very close to Belabus time. In GT4 Philip Forsman was quickest in Ricknaes Motorsport´s Porsche, followed by the West Coast Racing BMW and the PWR Aston Martin.
As expected the Audi dominated from start but behind there was some good racing between the 458 Challenge cars as well as in the GT4 class. Matteo Belabus started the car he shared with Jerry Wiener while the other Autoropa 458´s decided to run a different strategy, waiting with their fastest drivers until the final stint. Belabus chased the quicker GT3 car bravely and when the pit window opened he had a healthy margin to the other four Ferraris´, headed by Gisle Valen and Martin Nelson. Behind, Alx Danielsson took over from Christian Kinch in sixth place, and then started a drive which became the highlight of the race. He chased down Gisle Valen – driving alone in a 458 with wing kit – and passed him with five laps to go. Björn Grossman – sharing with Tommy Lindroth – tried to get third but Norwegian Valen took the final podium position. Martin Nelson/Mattias Andersson had a lonely race to fifth, losing time during the pitstop. Jerry Wiener finished the race in sixth.
Jan Brunstedt´s Audi R8 LMs was the winner when Swedish GT season started at Ring Knutstorp. He drove the 40-minutes race alone and took the flag ahead of Italian driver “Belabus” and the duo Tommy Lindroth/Alx Danielsson, both in Ferrari 458 Challenge cars. But until the last lap it looked likea victory for Hampus Rydman/Kari Mäkinen in a Ferrari 430 GT. Rydman – starting from pole position – drove away in the lead and had a healthy margin when the pit stops began.
Brunstedt, starting a bit slowly, became a real threat at the second half of the race, when he first passed “Belabus” and after that gained a lot on Mäkinen´s Ferrari. On the very last lap he was close and then tried to overtake in the hairpin behind the pit area. Unfortunately, the cars collided and Mäkinen was left on the grass, while Brunstedt could take the flag as winner, just ahead of “Belabus”.