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27

JAN

Volvo S60 T6 with Polestar optimisation joins Australian Federal Police

The first Volvo S60 T6 with Polestar Performance Optimisation of 329 horsepower has joined the Australian Federal Police fleet for evaluation.
“By doing this, we can obtain direct feedback on how the S60 performs from our officers who are out on the road, day and night, in all manner of driving conditions,” said Rod Anderson, Station Sergeant.

The car will become part of the ACT Policing Traffic Operations fleet where the it will be required to perform to a high level in dynamic, high stress environments.

“We are particularly interested in our officers’ opinions on the all-wheel drive capability of the S60 and what advantages it offers over our current rear-wheel drive fleet,” said Anderson.
 
Polestar optimises the engine software for the S60 T6 model, increasing the power to 329 hp/480 Nm and optimising the power band for improved drivability, read more here.

22

JAN

Polestar launches new motorsport jackets

Polestar launches two new jackets that carries the colours of the Volvo Polestar Racing cars in the STCC and V8 Supercars.
”We are glad to make our new jackets available, carrying a design inspired by our race-winning Polestar blue cars. Our ambition has been to create a strong mix of form and function with the jackets, much like our race cars,” said Hans Bååth, Marketing Director of Polestar.
 
The design work of the high-end jackets has been headed by Volvo Polestar Racing driver Prince Carl Philip and the company Bernadotte & Kylberg in cooperation with A-One.
 
The ”Motorsport Podium Jacket” comes in black with Polestar blue details, inspired by the design of the race winning Volvo Polestar Racing cars in the STCC and V8 Supercars.

The ”Motorsport Pole Jacket” comes in a limited edition with blue and yellow colours, inspired by the design of the #13 Volvo S60 Polestar STCC race car, driven by Prince Carl Philip in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship.
 
The jackets have just been made available for order in the Polestar web shop: shop.polestar.com

09

JAN

2014 with Polestar – A successful year of racing and performance

2014 was an important year for Polestar. This was the year when Polestar launched its first world-wide performance model with the Volvo S60/V60 Polestar and claimed a double STCC title, as well as success in their debut V8 Supercars season.
2014 saw over 22 000 Volvo cars being Polestar optimised, 750 production cars were sold, 2 racing titles were secured, 10 racing victories were secured and over 4000 racing laps were driven. Join us as we review the past year and take a small glimpse at what is to come in 2015. 
 
January – February

2014 started with a roar literally as we unveiled the 650 hp V8 racing engine for V8 Supercars. The engine, based on the Volvo V8 road car engine previously available for the S80 and XC90, was designed, developed and built for racing at Polestar, a work led by Mattias Evensson, the head of engine development at Polestar.


Not long after the engine reveal the all-new Volvo S60 Polestar V8 race car was unveiled with Scott McLaughlin driving it across the Sydney Harbour Bridge under police escort. The car was built by Polestar’s Australian racing partner Garry Rogers Motorsport with assistance from Polestar, mainly on the engine side.


March – April

As spring hit Europe, fall was coming in Australia with the V8 Supercars season starting in Adelaide and the Clipsal 500. This was the place where Volvo Polestar Racing and especially Scott McLaughlin showed a first glimpse of what was to come in the 2014 season. The 20-year-old Kiwi qualified second and finished second after a nail-biting last-lap fight with reigning champion Jamie Whincup, in the debut race for Polestar.


March also saw Polestar launching the second generation of the Volvo S60 Polestar in Australia. This model was part of Polestar’s very first pilot project launched in 2013, with this launch marking the introduction of the new facelift of the Volvo S60. The car received a positive response from Australian media:

”They’ve taken a good car and made it better.” – Drive
”There’s now a Volvo V8 Supercar ... and it’s fast. And there’s also now a Volvo S60 performance road car ... and it’s fast too.” – Motoring

May – June

Polestar started the 2014 STCC season in style with Fredrik Ekblom claiming pole position and victory. Team mate Thed Björk was not far behind and the two had a thrilling fight in the first race, promising for an exciting continued season.

As summer closed in on Europe and Sweden, Polestar concluded the first international press drives of the all-new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar. Journalists from England, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA got a first taste of the cars on twisty roads in southern Sweden with a strong reception:

”The suspension is magical, grip is abundant, and there's plenty of bite from the big 6-piston Brembo front brakes.” – Road & Track
”One thing is certain: it’s the best Volvo estate ever built.” – CAR

July – August

As summer finally had reached Europe, legendary talk show host and car enthusiast Jay Leno got hold of the new Volvo V60 Polestar. The American took a trip to the Top Gear track in Britain to recreate a 20-year-old stunt called ”The School Run”. 


Production of the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar begun in the Volvo production plant in Torslanda, Sweden, marking the first ever independent partner being introduced to the Volvo production process. A total of 750 cars were produced of the S60 and V60 Polestar, being delivered to customers in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA.

August also saw Polestar releasing a performance optimisation for the Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid. The power output is increased to a total of 298 hp and 670 Nm, making it the strongest ever diesel model from Volvo.

September – October

Come September and Thed Björk managed to secure Volvo Polestar Racing’s second straight STCC title after fighting his way back to the top of the standings following a tough season start. There was double celebrations at the season finale as Volvo Polestar Racing secured the teams’ title, also this for the second year in succession.
 
 
A month later and Volvo Polestar Racing took on the legendary Bathurst 1000 race. Scott McLaughlin started the weekend strongly by qualifying third and took command of the first half of the race together with co-driver Alexandre Prémat. Despite being in the lead more than any other driver pairing, the race unfortunately ended in the wall for McLaughlin. But the team left the Great Race having proved that they are a force to recon with ahead of 2015.

November – December

Polestar paid a tribute to the grandfather of the Volvo V60 Polestar in November: the Volvo 855 T-5R. Polestar celebrated the 20-year anniversary of Volvo’s first dedicated performance model by bringing the 855 T-5R together with its current heir to Huntington Beach, California, USA.

The year and racing season was finished in strong style for Volvo Polestar Racing by Scott McLaughlin. The Kiwi claimed a double victory in the penultimate race of the year at Phillip Island and ended the season in the Sydney finale by equalling six-time champion Jamie Whincup in the most pole positions of the year award.

2015 – What is to come?

Volvo Polestar Racing is going to continue racing in the 2015 V8 Supercars and Scandinavian Touring Car Championship. Scott McLaughlin and David Wall is going to drive a pair of Volvo S60 race cars in Australia while the driver line-up for Sweden is going to be revealed shortly.

There is further news coming in the first half of 2015 regarding Polestar Performance in terms of cars, performance optimisations and more. Stay tuned to polestar.com for the latest updates!

2014 statistics – STCC & V8SC

Titles: 2
Victories: 10
Podiums: 18
Pole positions: 16
Races: 54
Points: 4693
Racing laps: 4370

Drivers
STCC
Thed Björk
Fredrik Ekblom
Carl Philip Bernadotte

V8SC
Scott McLaughlin
Robert Dahlgren
Alexandre Prémat
Greg Ritter

07

DEC

Scott McLaughlin underlines strong debut year in season finale

Scott McLaughlin underlined the strong debut V8 Supercars season for Volvo Polestar Racing in the Sydney 500 season finale weekend where he claimed a podium finish and the 2014 pole position award. ”It has been an amazing year. We met every goal that we set out to achieve this year and I can’t thank everyone at GRM and Volvo Polestar in Sweden enough,” said McLaughlin.
There was plenty of drama in the three races of the season finale where the two final races were red flagged due to thunderstorms. McLaughlin managed to take his tenth podium finish of the year to secure fifth in the championship and his tenth pole position to equal newly crowned champion Jamie Whincup to the 2014 pole position award.
”It was great to equal Jamie, the champion, with ten poles. It has been a fantastic season and I can’t wait for next year. I really think we have a good car to have a crack at the championship. I have set some high standards and I am ready to try and beat them in 2015,” said McLaughlin.

Robert Dahlgren completed his final V8 Supercars weekend before heading to Sweden with Volvo Polestar Racing next season and fought hard in the treacherous conditions in Sydney.
”I improved my pace all weekend and qualifying was quite all right with 15th as best result. I went a bit too hard in the final race and damaged the suspension, but the race pace in the three races was fairly good. I am all in all really pleased and thankful to GRM, Volvo, Polestar and all partners. I wish everyone the best for next year, I have no doubt that they are in for a great 2015 season,” said Dahlgren.

The 2014 V8 Supercars debut season for Volvo Polestar Racing resulted in four victories, ten pole positions, ten podium finishes, sixth position in the teams’ championship and fifth in the drivers’ championship.
”The 2014 V8 Supercars season has exceeded all of our expectations. I am really proud of all involved, Scott, Robert, everyone at GRM and our guys working on the project in Sweden. We are ready to take the next step forward in 2015,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.

The 2015 V8 Supercars season starts Feb 26-Mar 1 with the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide where Volvo Polestar Racing will be ready for a new challenge with Scott McLaughlin and newly signed David Wall behind the wheel of the two Volvo S60 Polestar V8SC cars. 

Race 36 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 37 laps
2 Tim Slade Holden Commodore +3.1095
3 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +5.4694
4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +9.4484
5 Rick Kelly Nissan Altima +10.6047
18 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +30.3315

Race 37 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 23 laps
2 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.7818
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +1.3247
4 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +2.0090
5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +2.8275
18 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +17.4785

Race 38 – Top 5

1 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 44 laps
2 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +1.8175
3 James Courtney Holden Commodore +5.2885
4 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +6.2461
5 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +7.5986
8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +12.0904
DNF Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60

Qualifying for Race 36 – Top 5

1 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:28.7650
2 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.0513
3 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.0647
4 Tim Slade Holden Commodore +0.2180
5 David Wall Ford Falcon +0.3130
6 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.3414
16 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1.3556

Qualifying for Race 37 – Top 5

1 Jason Bright Holden Commodore 1:27.7889
2 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.0832
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.1167
4 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.1350
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.3120
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1.2906

Qualifying for Race 38 - Top 5

1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:28.3139
2 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +0.0319
3 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.2076
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.2501
5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.4477
15 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1.0357

Sydney 500 – V8 Supercars
 
Circuit: Homebush Street Circuit
Length: 3500 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:28.3839, Craig Lowndes, 2011
 
TV Coverage
 
Australia:
 
Championship positions - Top 10
(38/38 races)
 
1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 3364 points
2 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 2778 (-586)
3 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2763 (-601)
4 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 2656 (-708)
5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 2509 (-855)
6 James Courtney Holden Commodore 2481 (-883)
7 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 2444 (-920)
8 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 2430 (-934)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 2280 (-1084)
10 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1939 (-1425)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 909 (-2455)
 
Polestar Media Contact
 
Johan Meissner
Press Manager
Polestar AB
Phone: +46 [0]70 241 3234

06

DEC

Scott McLaughlin scores tenth podium in treacherous conditions

Scott McLaughlin scored his tenth V8 Supercars podium finish of 2014 in the treacherous conditions of the Sydney 500 season finale. ”It was the worst conditions I have ever driven in regards to vision,” said McLaughlin.
The first race was held in dry conditions where McLaughlin climbed two positions from sixth on the grid to finish fourth. The second race started dry, but a thunderstorm hit the track after about 12 laps, leaving the track flooded.

McLaughlin started third and held that position after the torrential rain started to fall when all drivers headed to the pits to change for wet tires. The race was stopped briefly to wait for the weather conditions to improve, but the race director decided to finish the race under safety car with McLaughlin crossing the line in third position to score vital points for the championship.

”It was pretty full on, but it was the same for everyone. It would have been fun to get going (after the stoppage of the race), but like Jamie [Whincup] said it would have been carnage. I am happy with third and the car worked really well in both races,” said McLaughlin.

Robert Dahlgren finished 22nd and had a tough job to adapt to the, for him, new track under such treacherous conditions.
”The sky opened and it just hammered down. The stop of the race was the right call. Qualifying was all right earlier today and we were fairly quick in the races. Hopefully we will have a dry day tomorrow,” said Dahlgren.

McLaughlin keeps fifth position in the championship ahead of the very last race of the 2014 V8 Supercars season tomorrow, starting at 15:40 local time.

Race 36 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 37 laps
2 Tim Slade Holden Commodore +3.1095
3 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +5.4694
4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +9.4484
5 Rick Kelly Nissan Altima +10.6047
18 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +30.3315

Race 37 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 23 laps
2 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.7818
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +1.3247
4 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +2.0090
5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +2.8275
18 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +17.4785

Qualifying for Race 36 – Top 5

1 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:28.7650
2 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.0513
3 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.0647
4 Tim Slade Holden Commodore +0.2180
5 David Wall Ford Falcon +0.3130
6 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.3414
16 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1.3556

Qualifying for Race 37 – Top 5

1 Jason Bright Holden Commodore 1:27.7889
2 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.0832
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.1167
4 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.1350
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.3120
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1.2906

Sydney 500 – V8 Supercars
 
Circuit: Homebush Street Circuit
Length: 3500 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:28.3839, Craig Lowndes, 2011
 
Schedule
(Times in UTC +10H)
 
Friday 5/12
09:30 Practice 1 (20 min)
11:45 Practice 2 (20 min)
14:20 Practice 3 (20 min)
 
Saturday 6/12
09:00 Practice 4 (20 min)
11:15 Qualifying for Race 36 (10 min)
11:35 Qualifying for Race 37 (10 min)
14:30 Race 36 (37 laps)
16:50 Race 37 (37 laps)
 
Sunday 7/12
11:05 Qualifying for Race 38 (20 min)
13:30 Top 10 Shootout (30 min)
15:40 Race 35 (74 laps)
 
TV Coverage
 
Australia:
Europe:
Sweden:
Web stream:
 
Championship positions - Top 10
(37/38 races)
 
1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 3244 poäng
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2715 (-529)
3 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 2628 (-616)
4 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 2602 (-642)
5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 2419 (-825)
6 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 2361 (-883)
7 James Courtney Holden Commodore 2352 (-892)
8 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 2333 (-911)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 2142 (-1102)
10 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1932 (-1312)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 909 (-2335)
 
Polestar Media Contact
 
Johan Meissner
Press Manager
Polestar AB
Phone: +46 [0]70 241 3234

03

DEC

Scott McLaughlin chases wins and pole award in season finale

Volvo Polestar Racing drivers Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren are set for the 2014 V8 Supercars season finale with the Sydney 500 this weekend. McLaughlin is aiming for more victories and to secure the pole position award.

”It will be all guns blazing to win races and also to win the pole position award of the year,” said McLaughlin.

 

The Kiwi is one pole behind newly crowned champion Jamie Whincup who has got ten pole positions with three left to fight for this weekend.

 

Another fight for McLaughlin in Sydney is the one for fifth position in the drivers’ championship where four drivers are separated by just 30 points. McLaughlin climbed from eighth to fifth in the last race weekend where he claimed Volvo Polestar Racing’s best ever V8 Supercars result with two victories.

 

”The car is good on street circuits like Sydney. It is fast over qualifying runs and it is starting to get a lot better in the races as well. We have had an awesome year that I really want to finish in the top five and on a high with the team, to build for a good result in next year’s championship,” said McLaughlin.

 

Robert Dahlgren will complete his last V8 Supercars race at Sydney before heading to Sweden ahead of 2015 for new assignments with Volvo Polestar Racing.

 

”I am thoroughly going to enjoy my last round of the championship before I head back to Sweden. I have done the preparations ahead of the race and I feel ready, we will see what the weekend brings,” said Dahlgren.

 

The 2014 V8 Supercars season finale in Sydney starts on Friday with three practice sessions, followed by qualifying and two races on Saturday. Sunday finishes the season off with a final qualifying session and a Top 10 Shootout session ahead of the 35th and final race of the year.

 

Sydney 500 – V8 Supercars

 

Circuit: Homebush Street Circuit

Length: 3500 m

Lap record (V8SC): 1:28.3839, Craig Lowndes, 2011

 

Schedule

(Times in UTC +10H)

 

Friday 5/12

09:30 Practice 1 (20 min)

11:45 Practice 2 (20 min)

14:20 Practice 3 (20 min)

 

Saturday 6/12

09:00 Practice 4 (20 min)

11:15 Qualifying for Race 36 (10 min)

11:35 Qualifying for Race 37 (10 min)

14:30 Race 36 (37 laps)

16:50 Race 37 (37 laps)

 

Sunday 7/12

11:05 Qualifying for Race 38 (20 min)

13:30 Top 10 Shootout (30 min)

15:40 Race 35 (74 laps)

 

TV Coverage

 

Australia:

Europe:
Sweden:
Web stream:
 

Championship positions - Top 10

(35/38 races)

 

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 3094 points

2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2642 (-452)

3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 2547 (-547)

4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 2508 (-586)

5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 2295 (-799)

6 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 2280 (-814)

7 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 2273 (-821)

8 James Courtney Holden Commodore 2265 (-829)

9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 2064 (-1030)

10 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1875 (-1219)

...

25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 859 (-2235)

 

Polestar Media Contact

 

Johan Meissner

Press Manager

Polestar AB

Phone: +46 [0]70 241 3234

26

NOV

David Wall to join Volvo Polestar Racing in 2015

Current V8 Supercars driver David Wall will join Volvo Polestar Racing next season alongside 2014’s stand out driver, Scott McLaughlin.
A two-time Australian GT Champion, Wall will start his fourth full year in Australia’s top tier motorsport category, following seasons with Brad Jones Racing and Dick Johnson Racing.

Wall will race the number 34 Volvo S60 V8 Supercar as the team looks to capitalise on an outstanding debut season in the V8 Supercars Championship.

“I cannot begin to tell you how eager I am to join Volvo Polestar Racing for the 2015 V8 Supercars season,” said Wall. “I am really impressed with how they came out of the box this year in what was a stellar debut season for the team.

“I feel that this is a massive opportunity and I hope to be able to add to the results the team and my new team-mate, Scott McLaughlin, have achieved in 2014. Bring on the test day at Sydney Motorsport Park.”

GRM owner Garry Rogers commented:

“I spent some time racing alongside David’s dad, Des,” said GRM Team Owner Garry Rogers. “If David shows the same tenacity and determination his father exhibited I'm sure he will have success at GRM.

“Obviously it's a challenge for David and our team, but I take notice of all drivers in the V8 Supercars Championship and David has shown ability. I am confident we will provide him with a car that will enable him to illustrate his potential.”

Polestar CEO Christian Dahl said:

“We are glad to have David on board and we hope that he can evolve together with us and take the next step forward in the 2015 V8 Supercars.”

David Wall
DOB: 19 January 1983
Lives: Sydney
V8SC debut: Philip Island, 2009
Merits
2013 – Bathurst 12 Hours, 1st
2010 – Australian GT, champion
2009 – Australian GT, champion
2007 – Australian GT, 3rd

24

NOV

The 2015 STCC calendar has been unveiled

The calendar for the 2015 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship has been unveiled and features seven race weekends. The season starts at the new Skövde Airport Race in May and ends at Knutstorp in September.

Volvo Polestar Racing and reigning STCC champion Thed Björk were present in Skövde for a press conference where the calendar was unveiled. Björk got the possibility to test parts of the planned circuit at Skövde airport.

 

"I look forward to racing in Skövde, especially as these type of airport tracks suits me really well. It is going to be an exciting race here with what seems to be good opportunities for overtaking and close racing," said Björk.

 

Other news in the calendar includes the comeback of classic Swedish racing circuits Anderstorp and Karlskoga. 

 

2015 STCC Calendar

 

8-9 May Skövde Airport Race

29-30 May Anderstorp

5-6 June Gothenburg City Arena

10-11 July Falkenberg

14-15 August Karlskoga

11-12 September Solvalla

25-26 September Knutstorp 

21

NOV

Robert Dahlgren’s Australian assignment to end

Volvo Polestar Racing’s Swedish export, Robert Dahlgren, will leave the V8 Supercars Championship following the final race of the season, the Sydney 500.
Dahlgren has been a key factor in the establishment of Volvo Polestar Racing in their successful debut V8 Supercars season, and his global motorsport experience will see him continue to play a critical role in a number of new assignments in Sweden with both Polestar and Volvo Car Group in 2015 and onwards. 

“To be involved in such a successful debut V8 Supercars season has been incredibly rewarding, and I am proud to have played a key role in the development of the new car and engine, linking GRM in Melbourne with Polestar in Gothenburg," said Dahlgren.

“The entire GRM team – and the Australian motorsport fans – have all been incredibly welcoming to me and my family. The V8 Supercars Championship is without doubt one of the best in the world and I leave Australia with many happy memories.”

GRM owner Garry Rogers commented:

“We at GRM are very thankful to Robert for the assistance and professionalism he has displayed in his 12 month contract with our race team. As much as sheer race results may not indicate the true value of Robert’s input, his off track input and work has been very much appreciated, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him. 

“Robert has a very good engineering mind and his knowledge on the processes within both Volvo and Polestar have been extremely helpful with our transition to a factory Volvo Polestar team. I wish him, his wife Nina and young son and daughter all the best in their return to Sweden”. 

Polestar CEO Christian Dahl said: 

“Robert’s results on track were what we were to expect with a new car, new engineer and new tracks. However, his task in aligning the R&D work between Gothenburg and Melbourne was done well above the pace we could expect. Now, we need Robert back home again for coming projects.”

Further communication about the 2015 Volvo Polestar Racing V8 Supercars driver line-up will be communicated in due course. 

16

NOV

Dramatic double victory for Scott McLaughlin at Phillip Island

Scott McLaughlin claimed a dramatic double victory for Volvo Polestar Racing in the V8 Supercars weekend at Phillip Island, jumping him from eighth to fifth in the championship. ”I feel pretty ecstatic! It was an awesome fight with Lowndes in the first race and an awesome end to the final race,” said McLaughlin.
The 21-year-old headed the field from lights to flag in the first race from pole position and was under hard pressure from Red Bull Racing Australia drivers Craig Lowndes and newly crowned champion Jamie Whincup throughout the entire race.

But the real drama came in the final race of 45 laps. McLaughlin jumped pole sitter Whincup to take the lead into the first corner from second place on the grid. The Volvo driver then lost one spot to Holden driver Garth Tander during the pitstops as McLaughlin took what proved to be a vital extra amount of fuel compared to Tander. 

McLaughlin reeled Tander in during the final ten laps and was right on the rear bumper of the Holden driver in the final couple of laps. Just as it looked like McLaughlin had to settle for second place, Tander ran out of fuel in the very last corner of the last lap, enabling the Volvo driver to blast past to take his fifth victory of the year with a 0.4521 second margin.
”I feel for Garth (Tander) and in some ways it was a bit lucky. But my car was great the whole time and I knew that I had enough tire life to attack him. It was very difficult because of the dirty air, you get a lot of understeer coming onto the straight. I am stoked to get two wins, climb to fifth in the championship and to claim my ninth pole of the year,” said McLaughlin.

Team mate Robert Dahlgren had a fighting weekend with 19th as best qualifying result and 22nd as best race result.
”It was a tough weekend for me, we just didn’t get it right. We had a problem yesterday that continued today. We will take more time after this weekend to analyse it and hopefully come out stronger in Sydney,” said Dahlgren.

The fifth victory, the ninth pole position of 2014 and the climb to fifth in the drivers’ championship of McLaughlin confirms the strong form of the Volvo S60 Polestar V8SC in its debut V8 Supercars season.
”We are very glad to have our best weekend of 2014 and a performance curve pointing straight up in the final run of races ahead of the 2015 season. Scott and the team put in an amazing effort this weekend and it is of course extra nice to have that dramatic end to the final race for us and all the fans,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.

Race 35 – Top 5

1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 45 laps
2 Gart Tander Holden Commodore +0.4521
3 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +4.9815
4 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +5.3950
5 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +12.9998
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +43.6639

Race 34 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 23 laps
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +3.5940
3 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +6.3745
4 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +7.3985
5 Todd Kelly Nissan Altima +13.1304
6 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +13.5720
23 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +45.1471

Race 33 – Top 5

1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 23 laps
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.3763
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.9243
4 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +1.4138
5 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +5.0894
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +49.5207

Qualifying for Race 35 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1:31.1812
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.0739
3 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.2055
4 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +0.2122
5 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.2479
19 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.7467

Qualifying for Race 34 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1:31.0578
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.1315
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.2095
4 Todd Kelly Nissan Altima +0.2592
5 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +0.2849
9 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.4769
20 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1.1106

Qualifying for Race 33 – Top 5

1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:31.3935
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.0864
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.2564
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.4842
5 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +0.5537
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +2.0731

Phillip Island 400 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Length: 4445 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:32.0246, Jamie Whincup, 2013

TV Coverage

Australia:
 
Championship positions - Top 10
(35/38 races)

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 3094 points
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2642 (-452)
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 2547 (-547)
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 2508 (-586)
5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 2295 (-799)
6 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 2280 (-814)
7 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 2273 (-821)
8 James Courtney Holden Commodore 2265 (-829)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 2064 (-1030)
10 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1875 (-1219)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 859 (-2235)

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Johan Meissner
Press Manager
Polestar AB
Phone: +46 [0]70 241 3234
 
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