The 2015 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship title battle resumes this weekend at Karlskoga after the summer break with changed conditions. Volvo Polestar Racing driver and championship leader Thed Björk will carry 30 kilos of penalty weight.

”There is not too much to say about the changed regulations. I am here to deliver and win races. I am just going to focus on my work and I’m in the best possible team that are ready for everything. I am as usual going to go all in to win,” said Björk.

Team mate Fredrik Ekblom closed in on Björk after the previous race at Falkenberg and is just nine points behind ahead of this weekend at Karlskoga where he will carry 20 kilos of penalty weight.

”The new weights might not have that big impact this weekend, but will certainly have it at Solvalla where one of us in the top could get 60 kilos with a strong result at Karlskoga. But I will keep my head down and continue to focus on gaining on the championship lead. Karlskoga is one of my very favourites and we are going to have a good fight,” said Ekblom.

Prince Carl Philip scored a sensational maiden STCC victory in the previous race at Falkenberg and will carry 10 kilos of penalty weight.

”I have still got a good feeling after the victory that I will carry with me this weekend. I really like Karlskoga, I have had strong results here in the past and I hope to continue scoring strong points this weekend,” said Prince Carl Philip.

The regulations have been changed ahead of the final three races with penalty weights being introduced, based on the standings of the championship and the results of the previous race weekend according to the following system:

Championship standings:
1st: +30 kilos
2nd: +20 kilos
3rd: +10 kilos

Previous race weekend:
Most points scored: +30 kilos
Second most points: +20 kilos
Third most points: +10 kilos

Penalty weights for Karlskoga:
30 kg – Thed Björk
30 kg – Fredrik Larsson
30 kg – Richard Göransson
20 kg – Fredrik Ekblom
10 kg – Carl Philip Bernadotte

Should a driver score the most points at Karlskoga and lead the championship, he or she will carry 60 kilos for the coming race at Solvalla in Stockholm.

The STCC weekend in Karlskoga starts on Friday with two test sessions, followed by two qualifying sessions and races on Saturday.

STCC Karlskoga
Circuit: Gelleråsen
Length: 2400 m
Lap record (STCC): 1:04.683, Thed Björk (2013)

Friday 14/8
14:55–15:25 Test 1
17:25–17:55 Test 2

Saturday 15/8
09:25–09:40 Q1
09:45–10:05 Q2
14:05–14:30 Race 1
16:15–16:40 Race 2

Championship standings – Top 5
1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 208 points
2 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 199 (-9)
3 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR 188 (-20)
4 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 128 (-80)
5 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE 118 (-90)

10 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 36 (-172)

TV Schedule
TV: SVT2 16/8 18:00

2015 STCC Calendar
08-09/05 Skövde Airport
29-30/05 Anderstorp
25/06 Mantorp Park
10-11/07 Falkenberg
14-15/08 Karlskoga
11-12/09 Solvalla
25-26/09 Knutstorp