Banishing the bad luck that has plagued him over the past three years, Simon Olofsson sped to an emotional Supercar Lites class victory ahead of #YellowSquad’s Henrik Krogstad – the Norwegian returning to action following a season on the sidelines – and local hero Linus Östlund.
Olofsson is unquestionably one of the fastest Supercar Lites drivers around, but for one reason or another, he has tended to find himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Today, the Swede was in exactly the right place at exactly the right time and, when Q1 and Q2 pace-setter Jesse Kallio (Olsbergs MSE) picked up a gearshift issue in Q3, it was his STS RX rival that leapt to the top of the intermediate standings.
From there, Olofsson successfully fended off Östlund in a cat-and-mouse duel in both the semi-final and final to register his first win since 2017, with Krogstad bouncing back from a torrid run through the qualifying races to steal second place late on. The home hero took the chequered flag third, ahead of Jimmie Walfridson (JC Raceteknik), class rookie Nils Andersson (TiKRX) and #YellowSquad’s Dan Skoçdopole.
Meanwhile, Marcus Höglund’s ill-fortune from last year’s ‘Magic Weekend’ returned to haunt him, as the Swede – fifth in Q1 and third in Q2 – pulled suddenly off the circuit in the second semi-final just as he was poised to relieve the ailing Kallio of the lead.
Simon Olofsson said: “This is amazing. Honestly, the past few years have been so difficult and racing really wasn’t much fun for me anymore. I wasn’t even planning to drive this season, but then we decided in the end to enter a few races.
“I think the extended winter break has really focussed my mind. When I came here for the #RXQuarantine event in May, I had the same feeling as I had in 2016 – it was the first time since then that I’ve sat on the grid genuinely believing I can win. This is such a special weekend and this victory really means a lot to me. We’re back in the game!”