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Anderstorp - built in 1968 and home of the F1 Swedish Grand Prix from 1973 to 1978 - is not a new venue for the FIA European Touring Car Championship. In the past the Scandinavian Raceway was included three times in the ETCC calendar, from 1985 to 1987, with Volvo winning two editions out of three of the 500 km race. In 1985 the Eggenberger-built 240 Turbo of Italian Gianfranco Brancatelli and Swede Thomas Lindström came home first from the Magnum Racing sister car of Ulf Granberg, Anders Olofsson and Ingvar Carlsson; it was the first win of the season for Brancatelli and Lindström who later proceeded to claim the drivers championship. In 1986 Lindström repeated his success sharing a RAS 240 Turbo with Ulf Granberg; they beat the TWR Rover Vitesse of Brancatelli-Hahne. In 1987 on the FIA ETCC’s latest appearance in Anderstorp, the race was won by German drivers Winfried Vogt and Altfrid Heger at the wheel of a Linder Motorsport BMW M3, but Volvo claimed another strong finish with the third place of Per Sturesson and Anders Lindberg’s 240 Turbo. This ETCC’s return to Anderstorp will be a special occasion for the Swedish fans. Not only is Volvo aiming for a first win in the season, but three local drivers will take part in the races: Rickard Rydell who is probably the most popular Swedish driver today, 1998 national Touring Car champion Fredrik Ekblom and newcomer Jens Edman. Tommy Rustad might be from neighbouring Norway, but he has a number of fans having won the Swedish Touring Car title in 2000. In the picture: Volvo in the lead at the start of the 1985 ETCC race.
 
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