Swedish Touring Car Championship

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Swedish Touring Car Championship
Stcclogo.PNG
Category Touring cars
Country Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden, Flag of Norway.svg Norway
Inaugural season 1996
Folded 2010
Last Drivers' champion Flag of Sweden.svg Richard Göransson
Last Teams' champion Polestar Racing
Last Makes' champion Volvo
Official website stcc.se

Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) was a touring car racing series based in Sweden, but also with rounds in Norway. They began operating in 1996, heavily influenced by the British Touring Car Championship and the success of BTCC racing on Swedish television. There are also a number of support classes that compete with their races alongside STCC; Radical, the Camaro Cup, Superkart, Pro Superbike, the JTCC and the Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia. The final STCC season was in 2010, as the series merged with the Danish Touringcar Championship to form the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship. [1]

Contents

Rules

The cars are built according to the Super 2000 rules used in the FIA WTCC. A national counterpart, N2000, also exists to encourage teams to build their own cars without having to have them homologated by FIA. So far Audi, Volvo, Opel, and Mercedes have constructed their own cars.

Points System (as of 2006)

Position1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th
Points108654321

Qualifying & Race
Every racing weekend consist of the following:

TV Coverage

STCC was first aired in 1997 on SVT, featured in the program called "Race" along with the British Touring Car Championship. BTCC was dropped by SVT at the end of the 1999 season and was replaced by CART, while STCC stayed. When BTCC, which had been the main focus of Race, was dropped, STCC was upgraded to be the series which the program had its focus on. Previously when BTCC and STCC clashed, the STCC races were shown in-between the two BTCC races. This was changed for the 2000 season, and now CART was shown in-between the two STCC races. In 2002 VEIDEC Trophy, a motorcycle class that raced on the STCC-weekends, replaced CART on the program. All Race programs were either 30 or 45 minutes in length, depending on if one or two series were featured.
In 2003 STCC coverage moved from SVT to TV4. The program was now shown on TV4 Plus, a channel which not everyone had access to (at the time only SVT1, SVT2 and TV4 was available to all viewers for free). TV4 only kept STCC for a year, selling it to TV3. The races appeared again in a highlights format on TV3 during 2004, but in 2005 the coverage was extended to include several hours of live coverage from each race weekend on the TV3-owned sports channel Viasat Sport.
In 2006 STCC returned to SVT and Race, again being available to all viewers, but coverage was cut down to only a 30-minute highlight program. Nowadays the competition is broadcast by another TV3-owned channel, Viasat Motor.

Car brands

The cars competing in the STCC are (as of 2010): Alfa Romeo, BMW, Chevrolet, Honda, Opel, Peugeot, Seat, Volkswagen and Volvo.

Champions

SeasonChampionshipIndependent
DriverManufacturerTeamDriverManufacturer
1996 Flag of Sweden.svg Jan Nilsson Volvo Flash Engineering none
1997 Flag of Sweden.svg Jan Nilsson Volvo Flash Engineering none
1998 Flag of Sweden.svg Fredrik Ekblom BMW WestCoast Racing Flag of Sweden.svg Pontus Mörth Opel
1999 Flag of Sweden.svg Mattias Ekström Audi Kristoffersson Motorsport Flag of Sweden.svg Kim Esbjug BMW
2000 Flag of Norway.svg Tommy Rustad Nissan Crawford Nissan Racing Flag of Sweden.svg Magnus Krokström Audi
2001 Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Colciago Audi Kristoffersson Motorsport Flag of Sweden.svg Tobias Johansson Audi
2002 Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Colciago Audi Kristoffersson Motorsport Flag of Sweden.svg Tobias Johansson Audi
2003 Flag of Sweden.svg Fredrik Ekblom Audi Kristoffersson Motorsport none
2004 Flag of Sweden.svg Richard Göransson BMW WestCoast Racing Flag of Sweden.svg Johan Nilsson Volvo
2005 Flag of Sweden.svg Richard Göransson BMW WestCoast Racing Flag of Sweden.svg Johan Nilsson BMW
2006 Flag of Sweden.svg Thed Björk BMW Kristoffersson Motorsport Flag of Sweden.svg Joakim Fridh BMW
2007 Flag of Sweden.svg Fredrik Ekblom BMW WestCoast Racing Flag of Sweden.svg Joakim Fridh Opel
2008 Flag of Sweden.svg Richard Göransson BMW Flash Engineering Flag of Sweden.svg Tobias Johansson Mercedes-Benz
2009 Flag of Norway.svg Tommy Rustad Volvo Polestar Racing Flag of Sweden.svg Viktor Hallrup BMW
2010 Flag of Sweden.svg Richard Göransson BMW Polestar Racing Flag of Sweden.svg Andreas Ebbesson BMW

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References

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