Karlskoga : Historical 1-2 for Fragus
The Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia field moved to Karlskoga last week for the 5th round of the 2016 season. For Fragus BR Motorsport, Karlskoga is a home race as the team is based directly at the racing track.
In FP1, Hansson put himself in evidence as a win contender, scoring the second fastest laptime behind Jocke Mangs and in front of championship leader Larsson. Oscar Palm, on his side, scored the 8th laptime without using his set of new tyres. FP2 was marked by rain, while the fastest drivers went out in the early stages on the session in slick tyres when the track was still in medium conditions. While Falkenberg’s winner Rantzow from Mtech was fastest, Palm was 4th and Hansson 7th.
Sky was clear for Qualifying on Saturday morning. One year exactly after his first Porsche Carrera Cup pole position, Robin Hansson scored a great double pole, setting the fastest lap in Q1 and Q2. Oscar Palm, 7th in Q1, fought for pole until the last minute of Q2, and eventually finished P4, less than +0.1s off Robin.
Hansson’s launch from P1 was good, taking the lead ahead of championship leader Larsson and his Benny team mate Jocke Mangs. In Lap 2, Hansson went off in Turn 1, dropping to P8 before making it back up to P5. Palm, starting from the 7th place, drove his way up to P4 after a good start before a small mistake dropped him to 8th.
Race 2 was an opportunity for both drivers to recover the points lost in Race 1. And they did it in a superb way. While Hansson took the lead from pole after a clean start, Palm jumped from P4 to P2 in the first lap. Resisting to both of Team Benny cars of Mangs and Larsson, Palm kept the contact with Hansson, before starting to defend off Morin after Larsson went off and Mangs suffered a drive-through for jump start. Loosing 2nd place at the end of the straight to Morin’s benefit, Oscar overtook again the driver from Cirkus Karlson a couple of corners later. Hansson, who has never been worried during this race, navigated easily to the chequered flag while his team-mate crossed the line in 2nd position, scoring a historical 1-2 for Fragus BR Motorsport in its home race.
This result place Hansson 3rd in the championship standings and put him back in the title hunt with Morin and Larsson. In teams’ standings, Fragus closed the gap on Team Benny, with 3 races to go at Solvalla and Knutsturp