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Prince Carl Philip claims first racing win

Prince Carl Philip claims first racing win

Published: 03 Aug 2010 14:49 GMT+02:00
Updated: 05 Aug 2010 10:09 GMT+02:00

Two years after realizing a boyhood dream to become a racing car driver, Sweden's Prince Carl Philip has something to cheer after claiming his first career win at the Kinnekulle track in western Sweden.

Prince Carl Philip, who is the second child of King Carl XVI Gustaf, managed to squeeze past Niclas Olsson with only a couple of laps remaining to win the GT Endurance event, according to a team newsletter.

"If feels great! Everything clicked today, I made a really good start and I am happy with my tempo in the race," the prince said.

Carl Philip started the race in fourth and immediately entered the race for the lead, alongside Sveinung Tinnes-Mork who was passed by Olsson in the early stages of the race.

After a tricky pit stop the prince was left trailing Olsson by 15 seconds but managed to claw his way back into the race and take advantage of an error to claim the lead and hold on for victory with a four second margin.

"I passed easily, his tyres seemed done for. After that I could pull away and the feeling when I drove over the finishing line in the lead was fantastic," the prince gushed.

The prince praised him team at Flash Engineering who he said had worked hard all weekend to prepare for the win.

Prince Carl Philip turned his hand to racing with a debut in the Porsche Carrera Cup in Knutstorp in southern Sweden in April 2008. He claimed his first points in the competition in June 2008.

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18:31 August 3, 2010 by McChatter
"I drove over the goal line..."?

What kind of a race was this and where was it held, on a fotball pitch?
09:44 August 4, 2010 by salalah
Looking at his jacket, I got a new idea for the funding of the Royal family - let them all wear clothes with labels from different companies. The king can have a toyota label on the front of his get-up and coca-cola on the back. When they appear in public, they can exercise different product placement strategies - Victoria holding a wrench while getting into a car and saying: "Mekonomen - vi gör ditt billiv enklare"
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