Even in Sweden the sun shines sometimes, and as Spring begins to slowly reach even as far north as the Scandinavian peninsula, it means it is time for the outdoor racing season to begin in earnest.
Despite a cloudless sky and the sun beaming down, however, there was still a chill in the air as Winter was leaving it late, not quite willing to release its icy grip just yet as Grabko Grand Prix arrived for the first of the six rounds of Gokartcenter's 2017 Summer Cup Series.
If it wasn't warm, as least it was dry, and the long, sweeping circuit that is home to the championship was in prime condition, all things considered, and all was set for an exciting first round. Free practice would be followed by two qualifying sessions that would whittle the almost 40 strong field down to 12 for the feature final, a 10 lap race to decide the winner.
The team took part in a special one off, behind-closed-doors race simulation test as Gokartcentralen ramped up their preparations for the relaunch of the Open GP Electric Karting Championship, Sweden's premier electric karting series.
The goal was to collect as much data under proper race event conditions as possible and again it was Jonas Svanberg of Hesus Autosport who partnered with facility officials to coordinate the invitational field, full of familiar faces and a bit of nostalgia as well!