The finale of the Swedish Ginetta GT5 Challenge coincided with the end of the UK Ginetta GT5 challenge last weekend, and it was Ginetta G40 driver Niclas Lindström who took his second title in as many years at Falkenberg circuit.
Lindström’s closest rival Jesper Prytz had to be ahead of Niclas in both races to be in with a shot at the title, but having only finished second on the road, takes a respectable vice-championship.
Niclas Harbig took third overall and in the G20 classification Joakim Stridh repeated the success from last year, ahead of newcomers Otto Gullberg and Robin Lassander.
Niclas won five of the ten races - but it could have been more. After winning the first race at Mantorp Park in May, he had to avoid a spinning Bror Ellfolk in the second and fell back to 12th. He then produced a number of fastest laps to get up to third, just two seconds behind winner Jesper Prytz. At Falkenberg in June it was even worse when he took the flag as winner, but was excluded after overtaking the Safety Car.
The real challenge for Niclas came at Karlskoga, when former champion and successful British-based racer Dennis Strandberg made a sole appearance. Niclas took pole - 8th hundred of a second ahead of Dennis - but had to settle for second in both races. In the first they traded new lap records with Dennis just over a second ahead at the finish.
Ginetta GT5 Challenge has become stronger this year with 23 drivers taking part. More to come and series promotor Leif Lindström expect grids over 25 cars next year - almost equally split between G40´s and G20´s.
Niclas team-mate in The Double H Motorsport - Hampus Rydman - was dominant in the ModSport category with a G50, claiming the title before the last rounds at Falkenberg.