Dennis Strandberg takes overall lead after first V8 Thunder Cars races

Dennis Strandberg takes overall lead after first V8 Thunder Cars races
Joakim Tärnström

Dennis Strandberg has won a race at the opening round of the V8 Thunder Cars in Ljungbyhed, Sweden, and grabbed the overall lead

The V8 Thunder Cars (V8TC) from Sweden started the new season in Ljungbyhed. Two championship races were on the agenda at the former Air Force site. Then it was off to Skelleftea. Dennis Strandberg won three races so far and thus secured the lead in the overall standings. A total of eight drivers have competed in the Swedish Trans-Am Championship so far.

On the former runways of the military base, Strandberg prevailed over his rivals in the first race. Mikkel C finished just a blink of an eye behind the race winner’s Chevrolet Camaro. The gap was just 0.747 seconds. Conny Brorsson finished a solid third in the first race.

In the second race, Strandberg and Andreas Nilsson first pulled away at the front. However, there was a collision between the two, which is why Strandberg was pushed back from first place to sixth. Brorsson, who had a strong pace, took the lead and drove to victory. Nilsson finished second ahead of Tomas Akerlund.

“It’s obviously good to start the new season like this,” said Brorsson after the first race weekend of the 2021 V8TC season. “It felt like my car was faster than the others, which is why I was able to put Dennis under pressure. We have the pace to fight for places on the podium in the future.”

Skelleftea, another former military site, hosted the second race weekend of the 2021 season, and this time Strandberg was unbeatable. He won both races in his Chevrolet Camaro, which is why he now has a comfortable lead in the overall standings. He leads by six points over Brorsson, who still took two second-place finishes at the second race weekend.

“It felt really good,” Strandberg said after the one-two finish at the second race weekend. “I’m very happy and we just belong in the title fight. We had the pace in all conditions: In the dry, in the rain, on a lap and in the race.” The next V8TC race will be held at Gellerasen on August 21-22, 2021.

André Wiegold