Lotus Cyan Racing drivers Prince Carl Philip and Thed Björk claimed a podium finish in the first Swedish GT race of the weekend, fighting treacherous conditions as heavy rainfall hit the Gelleråsen Arena circuit moments before the start.
The race day was affected by a tragic incident in a test session earlier today where a marshal succumbed to his injuries.
“We couldn’t challenge for the win in the wet conditions today, something we had our target set on after a strong qualifying session. We fought hard for second place, a result I am pleased with. But it is difficult to be happy after the tragic incident that happened earlier today, our thoughts are with the family of the marshal that passed away,” said Prince Carl Philip.
Thed Björk started the race from class pole position but dropped one position before the pit stop. The duo was able to hold onto second place despite a hard fight with Maserati drivers Lilja and Mäkinen.
“We didn’t have enough rear grip today to fight for the win, but we managed to secure strong points and that was our objective. We are going to work hard with the car to find a bit more for the second race tomorrow. Usually a podium finish on my home track is something to be happy about, but that is difficult today with the tragic loss of a valued marshal,” said Thed Björk.
The second race of the weekend at Gelleråsen Arena starts at 13:25 CEST tomorrow.
Race 1 – GTB Top 5
1 Gullberg/Mörner Ginetta G55 29 laps
2 Björk/Bernadotte Lotus Evora GT4
3 Lilja/Mäkinen Maserati GranTurismo MC GT4
4 Simon Sjöö Porsche Cayman GT4
5 Ros/Ricknäs Porsche Cayman GT4
Qualifying – GTB Top 3
1 Björk/Bernadotte Lotus Evora GT4 1:07.975
2 Mörner/Gullberg Ginetta G55 1:08.669
3 Ros/Ricknäs Porsche Cayman GT4 1:09.077
Schedule – Gelleråsen Arena
(Times in CEST)
16:35 – Test
11:15 – Qualifying
17:20 – Race 1
13:25 – Race 2
Championship standings GTB – Top 5
1 Gullberg/Mörner 111 points
2 Mäkinen/Lilja 75 (-36)
3 Carl Philip Bernadotte 71 (-40)
4 Håkan Ricknäs 57 (-54)
5 Thed Björk 46 (-65)
2018 Swedish GT Calendar
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About Cyan Racing
Founded in 1996 and today known as Cyan Racing, the privately owned and operated company has been appointed Geely Group Motorsport’s official motorsport partner. Cyan Racing has previously been official motorsport partner to Volvo Cars and Polestar since its conception in 1996 and has claimed multiple titles, most recently the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship titles for driver and team.