Linus Östlund remained calm and collected throughout the weekend, quietly gathering points in the build-up to the finals before besting his rivals and mastering the car, circuit and sweltering conditions to take his first Nordic victory of 2019 after pole-sitter Ben-Philip Gundersen picked up a puncture.
“This is unbelievable, it’s amazing!” the Swede smiled. “He (Gundersen) got a puncture so I got a bit lucky, but I kept cool and made it to the goal – I am so happy! This is wonderful news for the championship, and I’d like to thank all of my supporters, Olsbergs MSE and everyone who has helped me.”
Östlund was joined on the podium by Mats Oskarsson and Anders Michalak, both drivers taking their first top three finish of the season, with Michalak holding off a late attack from the charging Petter Nårsa.
Whilst the top three shone, the local favourite was out of luck. Gundersen looked set to dominate the weekend after going quickest in the first three rounds of qualifying, but punctures in Q4 and the final dashed his hopes of home glory.
Kouvola Circuit in Finland will host the penultimate round of the RallyX Nordic campaign, and there will be plenty of local drivers wanting to put on a good show for the enthusiastic Finnish fans. Round six of the 2019 championship takes place on 24/25 August.
Supercar Lites Final Result
1. Linus ÖSTLUND (SWE) Olsbergs MSE 5 laps
2. Mats OSKARSSON (SWE) Oskarsson Motorsport +3.099s
3. Anders MICHALAK (SWE) Michalak Motorsport +7.071s
Supercar Lites – Championship Standings
1. Ben-Philip Gundersen (NOR) 129 points
2. Linus Östlund (SWE) 119 points
3. Sondre Evjen (NOR) 104 points
4. Thomas Holmen (NOR) 92 points
5. Anders Michalak (SWE) 72 points
6. Jimmie Walfridson (SWE) 71 points
2019 RallyX Nordic Calendar
May 17-19 Rounds 1/2 Höljes, Sweden
June 1-2 Round 3 Nysum, Denmark
July 20-21 Round 4 Riga, Latvia
July 27-28 Round 5 Finnskogbanen, Norway
August 24-25 Round 6 Kouvola, Finland
September 21-22 Round 7 Tierp Arena, Sweden