January 7, 2020

Joona Haatanen doubles at JC Carpet Challenge

The JConcepts Carpet Challenge was held in Stockholm, Sweden last weekend with some big names from Northern Europe in attendance. The man to beat was Team Associated’s Joona Haatanen who was hotly contested from new AE teammate, Alexander Landen who was able to TQ two rounds of 2WD qualifying. The overall TQ honours however went to Joona thanks to a quicker tie-breaker. The finals were all preceded by a super pole, so the start order was set by a one lap shoot-out before each round. Alexander managed 2nd place in both the first finals behind Haatanen, and was en route to win the last round after a mistake by Joona, but problem with a lapped car that decided to immediately try to un-lap itself meant that Joona could catch up and make the overtake of the weekend with a huge jump before the straight meant that Alexander had to settle for 2nd in that final as well. Overall and behind Joona and Alexander it was Schumacher’s Pekko Iivonen with the final podium spot.

2WD final results:
1. Joona Haatanen – Team Associated
2. Alexander Landén – Team Associated
3. Pekko Iivonen – Schumacher
4. Wilhelm Skjöldebrand – Team Associated
5. Karri Salmela – Team Associated
6. Lukas Larsson – Team Associated
7. Arttu Syrjänen – Team Associated
8. Nils Gustafsson – Team Associated
9. Martin Johansson Nielsén – Xray
10.Joona Lempiäinen – Team Associated

In 4WD Buggy it was again Joona who set the pace and by taking the opening two A-mains, he took his second title of the weekend. In the last A-main Alexander Landen managed to get into the lead by almost half a lap over Karri Salmela and looked to be on his way to secure 2nd overall when a broken-down car rolled over from the infield right onto the straight when Alexander was passing, with Landen hitting it straight on, breaking his car’s steering, meaning he had limp the buggy home in 2bd place behind Karri, who then took 2nd overall with a 1st and a 3rd place compared to Alexander’s double 2nd place finishes.

4WD final results:
1. Joona Haatanen – Team Associated
2. Karri Salmela – Team Associated
3. Alexander Landén – Team Associated
4. Pekko Iivonen – Schumacher
5. Wilhelm Skjöldebrand – Team Associated
6. Arttu Syrjänen – Team Associated
7. Martin Johansson Nielsén – Team Xray
8. Nils Gustafsson – Team Associated
9. Frank Holmgren – Xray
10.Filippa Plyhm – Xray

Thanks to Alexander Landen for the report.


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