Henrik Krogstad was the main man in Supercar Lites at Arvika, as the Norwegian delivered #YellowSquad its first victory in the category with a dominant performance. After leaving his rivals eating his dust in the opening three qualifiers, Krogstad was denied a clean copybook in Q4 when Linus Östlund narrowly pipped him to the post – but he would not allow any of his adversaries the same opportunity in the semi-final or final.
His second Supercar Lites win – and first since his competitive comeback this year – vaulted Krogstad to the summit of the championship standings, tied on points with Jesse Kallio, who took the chequered flag second at Westombanan despite having to drive with a bandaged-up wrist following contact in Q4.
The Finn benefitted from a suspension breakage for OMSE team-mate Östlund to inherit the runner-up laurels, although the latter could console himself with the Swedish Championship (SM) crown. He also remains firmly in the hunt for the RallyX Nordic title, just two points adrift of the top of the table.
An impressive Martin Enlund made it a double podium celebration for OMSE in third – the Swedish teenager’s maiden top three result in the class in only his fourth start – ahead of Gustav Johansson, for whom Arvika marked a tremendously positive weekend. Fellow finalist Mats Oskarsson pulled off the track at mid-distance with a punctured tyre.
The most frustrated driver leaving Westombanan, however, was undoubtedly Simon Olofsson. Championship leader going into the weekend, the STS RX ace was in the mix throughout the qualifying stages but a mistake in the semi-final saw him hit the barrier exiting the joker, breaking his right-rear wheel and ruling him out of a spot in the all-important final.
Henrik Krogstad: “This feels so good – it’s the best racing weekend I’ve ever had! Right from the start of Q1, I was properly in the zone and had a lot of fun – there wasn’t a single lap all weekend that I didn’t enjoy. It’s an emotional result. It’s my first win since returning from a year away and #YellowSquad’s first win in Supercar Lites, and everybody involved fully deserves this success for all the hard work that has gone into the project – that hard work is now paying off.”
Arvika Supercar Lites Results:
1. Henrik KROGSTAD (NOR) YellowSquad 5 laps
2. Jesse KALLIO (FIN) Olsbergs MSE +4.
3. Martin ENLUND (SWE) Olsbergs MSE +4.
4. Gustav JOHANSSON (SWE) VGracing +6.
5. Linus ÖSTLUND (SWE) Olsberg
6. Mats OSKARSSON (SWE) MORX +2 laps
Championship Standings after Arvika:
1. Henrik KROGSTAD (NOR) 71 points
2. Jesse KALLIO (FIN) 71 points
3. Linus ÖSTLUND (SWE) 69 points
4. Simon OLOFSSON (SWE) 65 points
5. Mats OSKARSSON(SWE) 44 points
6. Jimmie WALFRIDSON (SWE) 42 points