Flash Engineering

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Flash Engineering
Flash Engineering
Motor racing team
Founded 1996
Country Sweden Sweden
Team Principal(s) Jan "Flash" Nilsson
Current series STCC
Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia
Former series ETCC, JTCC, Volvo S60 Challenge
Drivers
Drivers' titles 3 (1996, 1997, 2008)
Teams' titles 1 (2007)

Flash Engineering is a Swedish motorsport team based in Karlstad[1] founded and owned by two-time Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) winner Jan "Flash" Nilsson. The most recent time the team won the STCC-title was in 2008 with driver Richard Göransson. Flash Engineering was affiliated with Volvo until 2005, when Nilsson sold the team to Christian Dahl, and reincorporated it as a new, independent racing team, running BMW and Porsche cars.

History[edit]

The Swedish Touring Car Championship was created in 1996 as a copy of the successful British Touring Car Championship. Nilsson founded Flash Engineering that year to compete in the championship. Volvo, which had been competing in the BTCC since 1994, partnered with the newly founded Halmstad-based racing team, and provided financial support and the cars. The team initially raced a Volvo 850, and moved to a S40 in 1998. In 2000, the team moved to Karlstad. The team raced a Volvo S60 from 2001 through the 2004 season.

In 2005, Nilsson sold the team to Christian Dahl, who named it Polestar Racing. Nilsson kept the name "Flash Engineering" and formed a new, independent team, running BMW's. Porsche appointed Flash Engineering as promotor for the one make-series Carrera Cup Scandinavia in 2005.

Achievements[edit]

Flash Engineering won the STCC-title in 2008 with Richard Göransson. Jan Nilsson won the STCC in its inaugural season (1996), as well as 1997. Fredrik Ros won the 2006 Porsche Carrera Cup for Flash Engineering.

Recent Seasons[edit]

In 2010, the team ran two BMW 320si in the STCC and three cars in Carrera Cup Scandinavia. One BMW is driven by Nilsson, the other by Thed Björk. Björk finished fifth in 2010 and second overall in 2009 on the same points at champion Tommy Rustad after a controversial finish to the season.[2] The team also races a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in the Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia, driven by Prince Carl Philip of Sweden [3] who is a licensed race driver, one Porsche for Norwegian Roar Lindland and one Porsche shared by Linus Ohlsson and Matte Karlsson.

Current Season[edit]

Carl Philip driving a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup in Carrera Cup 2008
Photo: Erik Andersson

For 2011 the team is joined by BTCC 2009 champion Colin Turkington.[4] The 28-year-old is going to drive a BMW 320si alongside team mate and team owner Jan "Flash" Nilsson. The team is also going to run three cars in Carrera Cup Scandinavia for Price Carl Philip, Roar Lindland and Matte Karlsson.

Carrera Cup Scandinavia[edit]

Flash Engineering is the official organiser of the Porsche one-make series Carrera Cup Scandinavia and the official Scandinavian Porsche Motorsport dealer. The team took over the series in 2005 when the series was close to bankruptcy. In 2009 the series became the biggest Carrera Cup-series in the world with 35 entries.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flash Engineering AB". Business Week. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  2. ^ Meissner, Johan (26 September 2009). "Tommy Rustad is the new champion". TouringCarTimes.com. Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
  3. ^ Lindblad, Anders (12 April 2008). "Kungen - på motorbanan". Svenska Dagbladet. Retrieved June 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (10 February 2011). "Turkington to race in Scandinavia". Autosport. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ Åhman, Michael (4 April 2009). "Carrera Cup Scandinavia - störst i världen!". Auto Motor & Sport. Retrieved April 4, 2009. 

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