Niclas Lindström shines at Mantorp Park in Swedish Ginetta GT5

Niclas Lindström shines at Mantorp Park in Swedish Ginetta GT5

Swedish Ginetta Champion Niclas Lindström started the season in good form and was quickest in both free practice and qualifying at Mantorp Park last weekend.

Bror Ellfolk´s similar G40 took second on the grid ahead of Jesper Prytz and newcomer Niclas Harbig. Best of the G20´s was another series debutant - former karter Robin Lassander.  Of the 18 cars entered, 16 took the start for the first race on Sunday morning. Niclas Lindström made the best of his pole position and pulled away during the race to finish eight seconds ahead of Jesper Prytz with Bror Ellfolk in third. Robin Lassander was amazingly quick in his G20 and finished in fourth overall. Next best in the G20 Cup class was Joakim Strid.

Bror Ellfolk made a good start in the second race but spun in front of the rest of the field. Niclas Lindström had to use the gravel to avoid contact and was down in 12th position after the first lap. Jesper Prytz headed the quick starting G20 of Robin Lassander and the G40 of Niclas Harbig. Bror Ellfolk came back from his spin and made good progress, finally finishing in 9th.

The battle for the lead was close but soon all eyes were on Niclas Lindström, who by margin was the quickest driver in the field. With two laps remaining he was up to sixth and entering the last lap took third position from Lassander. He rapidly closed on Prytz and Harbig and took the flag only two seconds behind the winner. Robin Lassander impressed once more but this time Joakim Strid put pressure, only half a second separating the two G20´s.

A second place in race one and victory in race two means that Jesper Prytz leads the championship with Niclas Lindström two points behind. Lassander leads the G20 Cup with Strid second and Daniel Axelsson in third.

In the Modsport class Hampus Rydman won Class 2 and was third overall in both races. Rydman´s Ginetta G50 even took pole position overall in the wet. Norwegian Håvard Kollen in another G50 came second in Class 2. An impressive field of 28 cars started in the Modsport class and more G50´s are expected for the next race at Kinnekulle Ring on May 30-31.