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Audi driver Fredrik Ekblom increases lead
Audi driver Fredrik Ekblom increased his lead in the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) to 23 points in Falkenberg. Ekblom, driving the Team KMS Motorsport Audi A4, was narrowly beaten by his archrival Jan Nilsson in a Volvo S60 in the first of two races. After a hard fought duel with Nilsson in the second race, Ekblom was later awarded a controversial 20-second time penalty, throwing him back to tenth position from sixth. Nevertheless, Ekblom was able to increase his lead in the overall classification as Nilsson retired due to technical problems. “We really hadn’t expected such a good result, as Falkenberg isn’t exactly our favourite circuit,” explained Team Director Tommy Kristoffersson, who finished in fourth place in both races in another Audi. “The A4 really is fantastic, especially in the corners and under braking. We are really looking forward to the next race in Knutstorp – our car is much more suited to this circuit.”