Scandinavian Situation
The Scandinavian GT and prototype scene is going through turbulent times – writes Johannes Gauglica. At the end of last year, it looked as if the Swedish-Norwegian joint venture called the Nordic SuperCar Challenge would easily fill the void created by the demise of the Swedish GT Championship. Now things are not so clear. An initiative by the SuperCar organisers to forge an alliance with the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC), for its Swedish rounds, was met with a lukewarm response by the STCC and the Swedish motorsport authority (SBF), which would not sanction the new series' regulations. Scandinavia's most popular motor racing series, instead of taking a chance with a startup venture, and grids of unknown quantity and quality, decided to play it safe and accept the Scandinavian Porsche Cup as a support category. This is also a new series, but a product that has already proven its worth in other markets. From the initial announcement last year, it seemingly has not gained as much momentum as the factory would have hoped, but will go ahead regardless.

dailysportscar.comMeanwhile, the SuperCars have now regrouped around the Norwegian part of their schedule, which had never been in doubt, with the Norwegian motorsport federation backing the series all the way and granting it Championship status. Norway's silhouette "Thundercar" contingent (photo), along with those Swedish GT competitors who don't feel like switching to a Cup Porsche, should guarantee a healthy field of entrants. Ironically, the SuperCars will, in their role as a Norwegian series, share a weekend with the STCC at the Norwegian Moi Rana circuit. There, the Swedish Touringcar officials will have an opportunity to have a closer look at the new series, and see if it should be given a chance in 2005.

The mighty STCC has retained an option of inviting the SuperCars along to selected rounds next year; so the SuperCars now have to prove their worth. According to series organiser Haavard Lien, their goal is to "show the STCC they have made a mistake" turning them down this year. In the long run, the Nordic SuperCars intend to "become the series which, along with STCC, creates the most entertainment value and attracts the most interest from motor racing fans and the media".

dailysportscar.comIn recent years, the STCC package has also included the open sports prototypes of the Sportscar Challenge. For 2004, the sportscar format was changed to a one make formula exclusively for the motorcycle-engined Radical barchettas. As a response to this, the Swedish Racing Sportscar Club has announced the formation of its own tour, ambitiously named "RS Le Mans". Under the tag line "Sweden's fastest racing", it incorporates the Sportscar Challenge, with reigning Champion Petter Johansson (photo), and the historic championships organised by the Swedish SHK historic racing club. As a bonus, this package will also race at Anderstorp, one of Scandinavia's most renowned and popular tracks, and for political reasons currently "off limits" to the STCC and its support series. Also, the series may venture as far south as Germany for one of its "away games", and an encounter with the Sports Car Challenge at the Eurospeedway Lausitzring.

 

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