Racing against fellow Swedish countrymen and other Scandinavian iRacers, Karl Modig captured the Club Scandinavia season 2 championship in a campaign marked by great consistency, even despite changing vehicles midway through the season.

While this season was his most successful yet, it wasn’t Karl’s first foray into club championship racing. In the past, he competed in the popular Swedish SSR iLeague that included the likes of world championship drivers Markus Johansson and Emil Henriksson.

When Club Scandinavia sanctioned its own league featuring drivers from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland, Karl returned to action earlier this year for a handful of races in the HPD ARX-01c, winning a race at Silverstone after a race-long battle with club captain Carl Fredrik Hersoug and series organizer Hans Gunnar Hansen.

Karl leads at Silverstone en route to a victory during Club Scandinavia’s 2016 season 1.

Karl leads at Silverstone en route to a victory during Club Scandinavia’s 2016 season 1.

For season 2, the Club Scandinavia league made the switch from prototypes to GT3 machinery, and with years of experience in the McLaren MP4-12c, Karl was well-prepared for the new season.

The first race was at Sebring, and it came on the heels of iRacing’s 12 Hours of Sebring event, which Karl won with teammate Corey Davis. Karl qualified third for that race just behind Marcus Jensen in the McLaren and Anders Dahl in the Audi, and was able to keep pace with them in the first half of the race. While he lost a bit of time in the pits, he still finished in a solid third place in the 23-lap race to open the season.

The series then headed to Phillip Island — far from a strong circuit for the McLaren. However, Karl fought hard for a top-five finish on the Australian circuit while Marcus Jensen won his second straight race to start the season.

Karl negotiates the twisty Phillip Island circuit in his final appearance in the McLaren.

Karl negotiates the twisty Phillip Island circuit in his final appearance in the McLaren.

As the KRT Motorsport team came to grips with their new Mercedes AMG GT3 cars, Karl made the manufacturer switch from his long-preferred McLaren to the new Merc.

The switch cost him little in terms of pace or position, as Karl led laps and finished second at Okayama, then sat on pole and finished second at Spa. While a race win remained elusive, Karl opened up a championship advantage in these races as other competitors fell away due to crashes, technical gremlins, or lack of participation.

The penultimate race at Monza presented a draft battle in the front pack. After qualifying in fifth place, Karl held onto the draft led by Dahl, eventually finishing in fourth and setting the fastest lap of the race. He also secured another solid points haul entering the season finale.

Karl’s big points lead meant he needed to finish just 11th at Brands Hatch to secure the series championship, and given his string of top-fives to start the season, that seemed like a simple task. However, Karl faced his own technical gremlins before the race, forcing him to race on less-than-optimal equipment.

Karl battles for the lead at Okayama with Hans Gunnar Hansen.

Karl battles for the lead at Okayama with Hans Gunnar Hansen.

The drive for a top five became a drive to survive in the event. After starting in 12th, Karl slowly climbed inside the top ten, eventually finishing in ninth. While that was his worst result of the six-race season, it was enough to secure the Club Scandinavia championship.

Karl is the first driver to win the series championship without winning a race — a testament to the endurance mindset that resulted in recent wins at the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Nurburgring 24 Hours.

He finished 14 points ahead of Victor Dravegard, who was also winless during the season. Dahl and Jensen led the series with two victories each, although they competed in just three and two races, respectively. Hersoug and Hansen also found victory lane during the season. A full season review is available on the iRacers Scandinavia website.

Modig’s title is the third for KRT Motorsport this year, and the first on the road side after Davis captured the ITSR Stars and Power Series titles this winter.

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