One of the most eagerly anticipated championships on the Swedish motorsport arena this year, the new Formula Renault Sweden series, left nobody disappointed after a hectic season-opener in Karlskoga this weekend. Running as one of the support classes to the Swedish Touring Car Championship, the single-seater category attracted a full 19 cars – and Felix Rosenqvist got off to a decent start by finishing second in both races contested at the event. Additionally, the Team BS Motorsport driver got the fastest lap in the rain-hit first race and started from Pole Position in the second.
“These were my first real races in Sweden, not counting the karting years, and I have to be satisfied with the outcome,” Rosenqvist (who saw his team mate Daniel Roos win both races) says. “We knew we were fast in dry conditions, but since it rarely rained in Asia I don’t quite have the experience of racing in the wet as some of the others in the field, which was a concern ahead of the weekend. I managed to squeeze past Henri Karjalainen on the final lap in Race 1 and am happy with my two second places. Well done to Daniel and Team BS Motorsport for an outstanding performance”.
As in the Formula Renault NEZ curtain-raiser in Finland last weekend, qualifying in Karlskoga proved to be highly dramatic. Rain flooded the track and it was difficult to find space for a clean lap, but despite not being entirely pleased with his effort, Rosenqvist ended up in third place. After fighting with Karjalainen since the start before overtaking him on the final lap, second place was a good reward in the first race. In Race 2 – which was the only session run under clear skies this weekend – Roos took the early advantage and Felix never really got close enough to overtake his 20-year-old team mate.
“There were a lot of talented drivers here, even more so than in Finland, and it’s good to know that the speed is there,” Rosenqvist concludes. “I’m actually particularly pleased with my fastest lap in Race 1, as it proved things are looking good for future wet races. Daniel was a little too fast today, but I’ll do my best to make sure that isn’t the case next time out!”
The next round of the Swedish Formula Renault championship takes place in Anderstorp in two week’s time.