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STCC title within reach for Thed Björk in season finale

Volvo Polestar Racing and Thed Björk head to the STCC season finale at Mantorp Park with a strong chance at claiming the 2014 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship title, the 19th since the start of the championship in 1996. ”It looks very good, but I take nothing for granted, the season finales during the years have proved to be extremely eventful. I am as usual driving for victory and to claim the title,” said Björk.
Björk heads the championship on 31 points ahead of main title rival and BMW driver Fredrik Larsson with 75 points left to fight for. The reigning champion can become the first driver in nine years to score a second straight title, as well as his third STCC title overall.
”I am of course going to drive smart and stay out of trouble. But the points are on my side, as is the speed so far in the races. I won’t give Larsson anything for free and he needs to step his game up if he is going to catch me,” said Björk.

Prince Carl Philip has turned around a tough season start to scoring points in the last seven races, as well as securing personal best with sixth postion.
”We have definitely made progress and I am glad with that. Mantorp Park is a track that I have scored strongly on in the past, so I hope to finish the season on a high,” said Bernadotte.

The STCC Grande Finale at Mantorp Park in Sweden starts with testing and qualifying on Friday, followed by the last two races of 2014 on Saturday where the 2014 STCC champion is going to be crowned.

STCC Yokohama Grande Finale Mantorp Park

Circuit: Mantorp Park
Length: 3 125 m
Lap record (STCC): 1:17.034, Richard Göransson (2013)

Schedule

Friday 19/9
12:15 – Test 1 (30 min)
13:45 – Test 2 (30 min)
16:20 – Q1 (15 min)
16:45 – Q2 (20 min)

Saturday 20/9
13:00 – Race 1 (25 min)
15:50 – Race 2 (25 min)

TV Coverage

Highlights in SVT2 18:00 Saturday 20/9

Calendar 2014 STCC

10/05 Knutstorp
07/06 Göteborg
12/07 Falkenberg
23/08 Knutstorp
06/09 Solvalla
20/09 Mantorp Park

Championship positions - Top 10
(10/12 races)
 
1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 231 points
2 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR 200 (-31)
3 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 170 (-61)
4 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE 140 (-91)
5 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 135 (-96)
6 Philip Forsman BMW SR 132 (-99)
7 Linus Ohlsson Kia Optima 112 (-119)
8 Mattias Lindberg Kia Optima 108 (-123)
9 Andreas Wernersson Kia Optima 89 (-142)
10 Erik Jonsson BMW SR 79 (-152)
12 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 22 (-209)

Polestar Media Contact

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

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Video: What’s it like to drive a Volvo Polestar race car?

What is it like to drive an STCC race car? Join Volvo Polestar Racing driver Thed Björk in a unique driver’s eye view video with his 420 hp Volvo S60 Polestar STCC to get a first-hand experience.
”My race car is a beast to drive and you have to be on edge all the time to use its full potential. This video gives you the best possible chance to see what is is like to drive the car at maximum attack,” said Björk.

Björk’s Polestar blue Volvo S60 race car is rear-wheel driven and has got over 420 horsepowers. No driver aids like traction control or anti-lock brakes are allowed, it is all up to the driver and the team to set up the car.

”The video is from testing at Knutstorp together with my engineer Per Blomberg and my mechanics. Our cooperation works really well and is a key part to the success this year. We had a strong race at Knutstorp and our goal is to repeat it at Mantorp Park this weekend to secure the title,” said Björk.

The STCC season finale at Mantorp Park is just a couple of days away and Björk heads the championship by 31 points ahead of main rival and BMW driver Fredrik Larsson with 75 points left to be fought for. The Volvo Polestar Racing driver is in with a shot to secure his second straight STCC title, his third overall. 

Watch the video and follow Volvo Polestar Racing at www.polestar.com this weekend for the 2014 STCC title decider!

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Strong position lost after pitlane delay at Sandown 500

Volvo Polestar Racing drivers Scott McLaughlin and Alexandre Prémat fought for a top five position in the Sandown 500 V8 Supercars race today but lost vital time after getting blocked in the pits. ”We lost a lot of time in the pits when Alex got held up. It was a shame as the car was really fast. But we will fight back at Bathurst,” said McLaughlin.
The telemetry showed that Prémat lost over 20 seconds during the stop when Oliver Gavin blocked his pit exit.
”We should have finished in the top five easy, but I was stuck behind Gavin. It is the pit lane, it is so tight. I tried to push him twice, but I didn’t want to damage the car. After that I overtook a lot of cars and we had the speed, I am just disappointed about the result. But we will definitely go for the podium at Bathurst,” said Prémat.

The second Volvo Polestar Racing drive duo of Robert Dahlgren and Greg Ritter had an eventful race, climbing three positions from 20th on the grid to 17th over the finishing line.
”The race was fairly good, we had better pace today and it looks promising for the coming rounds. Greg did a great job and climbed a couple of spots as well. I look forward to Bathurst,” said Dahlgren.
”We found more speed overnight which was good. We had an eventful race with a few clashes, dive bombing and rubbing of door panels going on. Robert managed to stay reasonably consistent, roll on Bathurst,” said Ritter.

Sandown 500 was the first of three endurance races, with the legendary Bathurst 1000 race coming up on October 9-12th.
”The incident in the pits was unfortunate, but we take the positives with us that the pace is there to fight for the top positions in the endurance races as well. We are looking forward to the Bathurst race, an event with a strong history for Volvo where we hope to give the top drivers and team a good run for their money,” said Christian Dahl, owner of Polestar.

Race 29 – Top 5

1 Wincup/Dumbrell Holden Commodore 161 laps
2 Courtney/Murphy Holden Commodore +2.6539
3 Tander/Luff Holden Commodore +5.2093
4 Lowndes/Richards Holden Commodore +5.6739
5 Pye/Walsh Ford Falcon +8.9583
8 McLaughlin/Prémat Volvo S60 +15.1401
17 Dahlgren/Ritter Volvo S60 +1 lap

Qualifying Race 1 – Top 5

1 Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore 20 laps
2 Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore +6.8742
3 Steve Owen Ford Falcon +11.9411
4 Alexandre Prémat Volvo S60 +15.4498
5 Greg Murphy Holden Commodore +20.4365
20 Greg Ritter Volvo S60 +30.0809

Qualifying Race 2 - Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 20 laps
2 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +1.5124
3 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +7.2230
4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +7.9597
5 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +8.7664
21 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +28.1273

Qualifying

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1:08.5730
2 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +0.1546
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.2056
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.3036
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.3196
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.9154

Practice 1 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1:09.1927
2 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +0.4356
3 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.5150
4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.5760
5 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG +0.6478
21 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1.3847

Practice 2 – Top 5

1 Alexandre Prémat Volvo S60 1:09.9039
2 Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore +0.1311
3 Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore +0.2893
4 Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore +0.3559
5 Alex Davison Mercedes E63 AMG +0.3741
7 Greg Ritter Volvo S60 +0.4587

Practice 3 – Top 5

1 Alexandre Prémat Volvo S60 1:09.5225
2 Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore +0.0362
3 Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore +0.0758
4 Greg Ritter Volvo S60 +0.1919
5 Taz Douglas Nissan Altima +0.2200

Practice 4 – Top 5

1 McLaughlin/Prémat Volvo S60 1:08.9830
2 Tander/Luff Holden Commodore +0.0455
3 James Courtney Holnden Commodore +0.0744
4 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG +0.1064
5 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.1292
21 Dahlgren/Ritter Volvo S60 +0.6242

Wilson Security Sandown 500 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Sandown International Raceway
Length: 3104 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:08.6203, Jamie Whincup, 2013

TV Coverage

Australia:

Championship positions - Top 10
(29/38 races)

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 2325 points
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 2052 (-273)
3 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2046 (-279)
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 1982 (-343)
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore 1964 (-361)
6 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1856 (-469)
7 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 1694 (-631)
8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1677 (-648)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 1662 (-663)
10 David Reynolds Ford Falcon 1402 (-923)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 663 (-1662)

Polestar Media Contact

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

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Solid start to Sandown 500 weekend for Volvo Polestar Racing

Volvo Polestar Racing got a solid start to the Sandown 500 weekend, the first endurance V8 Supercars race of 2014, with Scott McLaughlin and Alexandre Prémat securing fourth on the grid for the main race tomorrow. ”It has been a good day for us. Alex did an awesome job and we have made some leaps with the car. It is really good to see that it is all coming to fruition. Hopefully we can win the race tomorrow, I think we are fast enough,” said McLaughlin.
McLaughlin qualified third ahead of the first qualifying race in which Prémat crossed the line in fourth position.
”I got a really good start and had a good fight with Jonathon Webb. It was good to finish the race and get the grid spot for Scott in the second race. We have a really good chance to get onto the podium tomorrow,” said Prémat.

Dahlgren managed 22nd position in qualifying, nine tenths of a second from pole position, which Ritter improved by two positions to 20th position in the first qualifying race.
”Not too bad a day today. We struggled a bit with the setup and the car went away in the race. But we will try to change it for tomorrow and see what we can do,” said Ritter.

The result of the first qualifying race determined the grid for the second race that in its turn determines the grid for the main race of 500 kilometers tomorrow. McLaughlin crossed the line in fourth position and Dahlgren in 21st position in the second qualifying race, positions they will keep for the grid tomorrow.
”Greg did a good job today, he made up a couple of spots in the race then lost a couple towards the end. I did basically the same, made up some spots but then lost towards the end of the race. We need to look at that tomorrow, but in pure speed I think we have a good package. We just need to be a bit more consistent,” said Dahlgren.

The 29th V8 Supercars race of 2014 starts at 13:40 local time tomorrow which runs over 161 laps and includes pitstops with mandatory driver changes.

Qualifying Race 1 – Top 5

1 Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore 20 laps
2 Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore +6.8742
3 Steve Owen Ford Falcon +11.9411
4 Alexandre Prémat Volvo S60 +15.4498
5 Greg Murphy Holden Commodore +20.4365
20 Greg Ritter Volvo S60 +30.0809

Qualifying Race 2 - Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 20 laps
2 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +1.5124
3 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +7.2230
4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +7.9597
5 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +8.7664
21 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +28.1273

Qualifying

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1:08.5730
2 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +0.1546
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.2056
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.3036
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.3196
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.9154

Practice 1 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1:09.1927
2 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +0.4356
3 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.5150
4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.5760
5 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG +0.6478
21 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1.3847

Practice 2 – Top 5

1 Alexandre Prémat Volvo S60 1:09.9039
2 Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore +0.1311
3 Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore +0.2893
4 Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore +0.3559
5 Alex Davison Mercedes E63 AMG +0.3741
7 Greg Ritter Volvo S60 +0.4587

Practice 3 – Top 5

1 Alexandre Prémat Volvo S60 1:09.5225
2 Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore +0.0362
3 Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore +0.0758
4 Greg Ritter Volvo S60 +0.1919
5 Taz Douglas Nissan Altima +0.2200

Practice 4 – Top 5

1 McLaughlin/Prémat Volvo S60 1:08.9830
2 Tander/Luff Holden Commodore +0.0455
3 James Courtney Holnden Commodore +0.0744
4 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG +0.1064
5 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.1292
21 Dahlgren/Ritter Volvo S60 +0.6242

Wilson Security Sandown 500 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Sandown International Raceway
Length: 3104 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:08.6203, Jamie Whincup, 2013

Schedule
(Times in UTC +10H)

Friday 12/9
10:35 Practice 1 (40 min)
12:35 Practice 2 (40 min – Co-Drivers only)
14:35 Practice 3 (40 min - Co-Drivers only)

Saturday 13/9
10:05 Practice 4 (40 min)
12:15 Qualifying (20 min)
14:45 Qualifying Race 1 (20 laps)
16:40 Qualifying Race 2 (20 laps)

Sunday 14/9
10:35 Warm Up (20 min)
13:40 Race 29 (161 laps)

TV Coverage

Australia:

Championship positions - Top 10
(28/38 races)

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 2025 points
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 1890 (-135)
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 1812 (-213)
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 1778 (-247)
5 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1712 (-313)
6 James Courtney Holden Commodore 1688 (-337)
7 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 1502 (-523)
8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1497 (-528)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 1404 (-621)
10 Jason Bright Holden Commodore 1329 (-696)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 555 (-1470) 

Polestar Media Contact

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

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Sandown 500 kicks off endurance races for Volvo Polestar Racing

The first of three V8 Supercars endurance races starts this weekend with the Sandown 500, meaning a completely different format and challenge for Volvo Polestar Racing drivers Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren. ”The endurance races brings a whole new element to the racing with longer races and a co-driver, something I really look forward to. I think we are going to be strong, especially at Sandown which is a track that will suit us with fast turns and long straights,” said McLaughlin.
Two co-drivers join the Volvo duo: Frenchman Alexandre Prémat, who will share car with McLaughlin, and Australian Greg Ritter, who will share car with Dahlgren. The four drivers prepared ahead of the coming endurances races with a test day at Winton.

”The test went pretty well and we have made a couple of improvements. It was also about getting our co-drivers comfortable in the car. They were reasonably fast and got plenty of time in the cars. I am looking forward to race together with my mate Alex again,” said McLaughlin.

”The test at Winton was productive and if we can utilize the improvements from the test, then it looks really promising for us. I look forward to race with Greg, it feels really good for me as a rookie to pair up with an experienced co-driver,” said Dahlgren.

The endurance races at Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast are included in the Pirtek Enduro Cup where the driver and co-driver combination that accumulates the most championship points are crowned champions.

The Sandown 500 race weekend features two qualifying races on Saturday where the co-drivers, Prémat and Ritter, drive the first race on their own and the second race with McLaughlin and Dahlgren racing on their own. 

The finishing order of the first race determines the grid positions for the second race. The finishing order of the second race determines the grid positions for the main race on Sunday of 500 kilometres where all four drivers take part in the race with mandatory driver changes during the pit stops.

Wilson Security Sandown 500 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Sandown International Raceway
Length: 3104 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:08.6203, Jamie Whincup, 2013

Schedule
(Times in UTC +10H)

Friday 12/9
10:35 Practice 1 (40 min)
12:35 Practice 2 (40 min – Co-Drivers only)
14:35 Practice 3 (40 min - Co-Drivers only)

Saturday 13/9
10:05 Practice 4 (40 min)
12:15 Qualifying (20 min)
14:45 Qualifying Race 1 (20 laps)
16:40 Qualifying Race 2 (20 laps)

Sunday 14/9
10:35 Warm Up (20 min)
13:40 Race 29 (161 laps)

TV Coverage

Australia:

Championship positions - Top 10
(28/38 races)

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 2025 points
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 1890 (-135)
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 1812 (-213)
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 1778 (-247)
5 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1712 (-313)
6 James Courtney Holden Commodore 1688 (-337)
7 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 1502 (-523)
8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1497 (-528)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 1404 (-621)
10 Jason Bright Holden Commodore 1329 (-696)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 555 (-1470) 

Polestar Media Contact

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

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Thed Björk extends STCC lead after victory at chaotic Solvalla

Thed Björk claimed an important victory in a chaotic STCC weekend at Solvalla and extends the championship lead with just one race weekend left of the 2014 season. ”I am very proud and happy for the entire team to claim this victory, a perfect one! The season finale is going to be very tough though and the title fight is far from over, but my position is really good after this win,” said Björk.
Both STCC races offered a lot of drama and crashes where Fredrik Ekblom was eliminated in the first race after sustaining damage to his oil cooler due to an incident ahead of him. The second race saw the triple STCC champion securing fourth position, just 83 thousands of a second from third.
”I am not pleased with this weekend. Göransson spun right ahead of me in the first race and there was no room for me to go, that is where my car was damaged. I had good speed in the second race, but there wasn’t enough laps unfortunately. I’m going to go flat out in the season finale which takes place on one of my very favorite tracks,” said Ekblom.

Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte had an eventful weekend where he secured his best ever STCC qualifying result with ninth in the 16-car field and followed that with two tenth places in the races.
”I am very pleased with my result in qualifying. Both races were messy unfortunately, but I am of course happy to score points in both races which was my goal ahead of the weekend,” said Bernadotte.

Björk has pulled up a 31-point lead over BMW driver Fredrik Larsson thanks to his victory today ahead of the season finale at Mantorp Park in two weeks time where 75 points remain to be fought for.
”We knew that the Solvalla weekend was going to be a challenge as the circuit is so short and tight. It was unfortunate that Fredrik Ekblom and Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte were hampered by incidents, but we are of course more than pleased over Thed Björk’s victory and his position ahead of the finale,” said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director of Volvo Cars.

Results Race 1 – Top 5

1 Andreas Wernersson Kia Optima 26 laps
2 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +0.558
3 Linus Ohlsson Kia Optima +1.888
4 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR +2.412
5 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +3.078
10 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +39.321
DNF Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60

Results Race 2 – Top 5

1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 26 laps
2 Philip Forsman BMW SR +5.291
3 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 +9.622
4 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +9.705
5 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR +24.348
10 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +1 lap

Results Q1 – Top 5

1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 43.103
2 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 +0.177
3 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +0.213
4 Philip Forsman BMW SR +0.425
5 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR +0.550
9 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +0.811

Results Q2 – Top 5

1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 43.432
2 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 +0.446
3 Philip Forsman BMW S-R +0.456
4 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +0.692
5 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +0.766

STCC Semcon Race Solvalla

Circuit: Solvalla
Length: 1250 m
Lap record (STCC): 0:45.440, Richard Göransson (2013)

Schedule
Times in CET

Friday 5/9
11:15 – Test 1 (30 min)
12:00 – Test 2 (30 min)
15:05 – Q1 (15 min)
15:25 – Q2 (20 min)

Saturday 6/9
12:05 – Race 1 (25 min)
14:00 – Race 2 (25 min)

TV Coverage

Live at www.svtplay.se
Highlights in SVT2 18:00 Saturday 6/9

2014 STCC Calendar

10/05 Knutstorp
07/06 Göteborg
12/07 Falkenberg
23/08 Knutstorp
06/09 Solvalla
20/09 Mantorp Park

Championship standings - Top 10
(10/12 races)
 
1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 231 points
2 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR 200 (-31)
3 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 170 (-61)
4 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE 140 (-91)
5 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 135 (-96)
6 Philip Forsman BMW SR 132 (-99)
7 Linus Ohlsson Kia Optima 112 (-119)
8 Mattias Lindberg Kia Optima 108 (-123)
9 Andreas Wernersson Kia Optima 89 (-142)
10 Erik Jonsson BMW SR 79 (-152)
12 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 22 (-209)

Polestar Media Contact

Johan Meissner
Press Manager
Polestar AB
Phone: +46 [0]70 241 3234
Mail: johan.meissner@polestar.com
Web: http://www.polestar.com

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Thed Björk unstoppable in STCC qualifying at Solvalla

Thed Björk was unstoppable in both STCC qualifying sessions at Solvalla which means pole position for the second race and 25 points to the championship. ”Everything worked perfectly. I got my laps just right and the car reacted just the way I wanted to changes. The feeling from last year when I won here is back,” said Björk.
Fredrik Ekblom was third fastest in the first qualifying session and fifth in the second, gaining five points on BMW driver Fredrik Larsson who holds second place in the championship. But Ekblom was still not pleased.
”I just didn’t get it right, this was our worst qualifying session of the year. I am never pleased until I am fastest, but third is okay in the first qualifying session. I am going to reload and be ready for tomorrow,” said Ekblom.

Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte had his best ever qualifying result with ninth, eight tenths of a second from Björk, in the Q1 session which means that he is going to start second in the first race thanks to the reversed grid.
”I am pleased with the result, especially as this is my first time ever on the track. The races will be interesting tomorrow, a great challenge,” said Bernadotte.

The reversed grid means that Björk is going to start tenth in the first race and Ekblom eighth. The drivers are going to start according to the results of Q2 for the second race, with Björk on pole, Ekblom fifth and Bernadotte ninth.

The first race starts at 12.05 CET tomorrow and is broadcasted live at www.svtplay.se.

Results Q1 – Top 5

1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 43.103
2 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 +0.177
3 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +0.213
4 Philip Forsman BMW SR +0.425
5 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR +0.550
9 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +0.811

Results Q2 – Top 5

1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 43.432
2 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 +0.446
3 Philip Forsman BMW S-R +0.456
4 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +0.692
5 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +0.766

STCC Semcon Race Solvalla

Circuit: Solvalla
Length: 1250 m
Lap record (STCC): 0:45.440, Richard Göransson (2013)

Schedule
Times in CET

Friday 5/9
11:15 – Test 1 (30 min)
12:00 – Test 2 (30 min)
15:05 – Q1 (15 min)
15:25 – Q2 (20 min)

Saturday 6/9
12:05 – Race 1 (25 min)
14:00 – Race 2 (25 min)

TV Coverage

Highlights in SVT2 18:00 Saturday 6/9

2014 STCC Calendar

10/05 Knutstorp
07/06 Göteborg
12/07 Falkenberg
23/08 Knutstorp
06/09 Solvalla
20/09 Mantorp Park

Championship standings - Top 10
(10/12 races)
 
1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 196 points
2 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR 178 (-18)
3 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 158 (-38)
4 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 120 (-76)
5 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE 116 (-80)
6 Philip Forsman BMW SR 112 (-84)
7 Mattias Lindberg Kia Optima 98 (-98)
8 Linus Ohlsson Kia Optima 97 (-99)
9 Erik Jonsson BMW SR 79 (-117)
10 Andreas Wernersson Kia Optima 56 (-140)
12 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 20 (-176)

Polestar Media Contact

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

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STCC title decider gets closer at Solvalla

Classic Swedish trotting track Solvalla gets transformed into a racing circuit this weekend where Volvo Polestar Racing takes part in the penultimate STCC weekend of 2014.
Reigning champion Thed Björk claimed the championship lead in the last race at Knutstorp and has got a clear goal ahead of this weekend.
”There was no one able to stop me at Solvalla last year and for me there is nothing else but continuing in the same way this weekend. This circuit suits me perfectly,” said Björk.

Team mate Fredrik Ekblom had an opposite weekend to Björk at Knutstorp two weeks ago when almost everything went wrong in the two races. The rescue was the points from qualifying where Ekblom once again proved that he is the fastest driver so far this year with pole position i half of the qualifying sessions and second as his worst position.
”We have had a bit too much bad luck so far this year. But my focus remains on winning the championship. I need to score as good as possible to succeed with that and that is what I am driving after this weekend,” said Ekblom.

Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte had his best ever STCC race weekend at Knutstorp with sixth and seventh. A tough challenge awaits him this weekend as he has not raced at Solvalla before.
”I have only driven one test session at Solvalla previously, so the challenge is great. But I am strengthened by the results from Knutstorp and my goal is to continue to score points,” said Prince Carl Philip.

Two race weekends and four race heats remain of the 2014 STCC. A total of 150 points are left to be fought for. Björk heads the championship with three points over BMW driver Fredrik Larsson while Ekblom is third, 28 points behind the leaders.

This weekend’s races at Solvalla is going to be extra demanding as the biggest so far field of the year awaits the drivers on the tightest track of the calendar.
”Solvalla is an extremely important part of the final championship sprint and a tough one as the track is tight and we have got new drivers joining the championship. There is a lot at stake this weekend in the fight for the title,” said Björk.

STCC Semcon Race Solvalla

Circuit: Solvalla
Length: 1250 m
Lap record (STCC): 0:45.440, Richard Göransson (2013)

Schedule
Times in CET

Friday 5/9
11:15 – Test 1 (30 min)
12:00 – Test 2 (30 min)
15:05 – Q1 (15 min)
15:25 – Q2 (20 min)

Saturday 6/9
12:05 – Race 1 (25 min)
14:00 – Race 2 (25 min)

TV Coverage

Highlights in SVT2 18:00 Saturday 6/9

2014 STCC Calendar

10/05 Knutstorp
07/06 Göteborg
12/07 Falkenberg
23/08 Knutstorp
06/09 Solvalla
20/09 Mantorp Park

Championship standings - Top 10
(8/12 races)
 
1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 171 poäng
2 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR 168 (-3)
3 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 143 (-28)
4 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE 110 (-61)
5 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 102 (-69)
6 Philip Forsman BMW SR 100 (-71)
7 Mattias Lindberg Kia Optima 98 (-73)
8 Linus Ohlsson Kia Optima 89 (-82)
9 Erik Jonsson BMW SR 79 (-92)
10 Andreas Wernersson Kia Optima 52 (-119)
13 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 18 (-153)

Polestar Media Contact

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

24

AUG

Hard-fought victory in Sydney for Volvo Polestar Racing

Volvo Polestar Racing and Scott McLaughlin turned around a dreadful result in the two first V8 Supercars races at Sydney Motorsport Park to a hard-fought victory in the third and final race. ”The car was awesome and I can’t thank the team enough. I am a bit overwhelmed that we got this victory, it has been bloody tough in the last few races,” said McLaughlin.
The race weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park turned out to be a roller coaster result-wise for Volvo Polestar Racing. It started well with pole position ahead of the second race for McLaughlin, but quickly turned to worse when his engine failed in the first race and a wheel came off in the second.

Things were even worse for team mate Robert Dahlgren who went off into the barriers in the very wet second race. The damage from the incident was so substantial that Dahlgren had to sit out the third race.

”It started to rain in the first race and I picked up more and more pace towards the end. But then I came about three laps in race two, pushed for an overtake and ran a bit wide which spun the car into the wall. It was unfortunate and I am sorry for the boys in the team. Disappointing not being able to take part in the final race, but we’ll instead focus on the upcoming enduro races,” said Dahlgren.

Come Sunday and McLaughlin was right back on form, claiming yet another pole position for the final 51-lap race. The Kiwi pulled up a strong lead after the pit stops, but had to back off towards the end of the race due front-tyre ware. The lead was down to below a second on the final lap, but McLaughlin was able to stay ahead to score his and Volvo Polestar Racing’s second V8 Supercars victory of 2014.

”We went a different way with the setup for the race and the test day has obviously worked. I started to loose my front tyres towards the end, I was so relieved when I crossed the line. I am proud of my self and the team, this result is what we have been waiting for and made up for the tough previous results,” said McLaughlin.

The victory saw McLaughlin climbing back up one position to eighth in the drivers’ championship, just five points behind Ford driver Chaz Mostert in seventh position. Next up is the first endurance race with the Sandown 500 on September 12-14 where the drivers will share car with a co-driver and have pit stops with mandatory driver changes.

”The team went through almost everything this weekend with technical problems, incidents and crashes. The weekend ended in the best possible way though with Scott McLaughlin scoring a fine victory, an especially important victory as it is our first in the longer Sunday races. It is certainly promising ahead of the coming endurance races,” said Polestar owner Christian Dahl.
 
Results Race 26 - Top 5

1 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 25 laps
2 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +9.1565
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +16.7233
4 Jamie Whinup Holden Commodore +20.4712
5 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +20.7873
19 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +39.5558
DNF Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60

Results Race 27 – Top 5

1 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 24 laps
2 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +0.7167
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +3.3736
4 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +5.4642
5 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG +8.8532
DNF Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60
DNF Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60

Results Race 28 – Top 5

1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 51 laps
2 Nick Percat Holden Commodore +0.363
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +5.684
4 James Moffat Nissan Altima +8.825
5 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +11.838
DNS Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60

Qualifying Race 26 - Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1:30.7166
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.0547
3 Rick Kelly Nissan Altima +0.1130
4 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.1290
5 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +0.1775
21 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.7224

Qualifying Race 27 – Top 5

1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:30.3012
2 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.2103
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.2129
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.2211
5 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +0.3265
19 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.8411

Qualifying Race 28 – Top 5

1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:29.7131
2 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.0863
3 Nick Percat Holden Commodore +0.0890
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.1027
5 James Moffat Nissan Altima +0.1079
DNS Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60

Sydney Motorsport Park 400 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Eastern Creek
Length: 3930 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:30.9123, Garth Tander, 2012

TV Coverage

Australia:

Championship positions - Top 10
(28/38 races)

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 2025 points
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 1890 (-135)
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 1812 (-213)
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 1778 (-247)
5 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1712 (-313)
6 James Courtney Holden Commodore 1688 (-337)
7 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 1502 (-523)
8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1497 (-528)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 1404 (-621)
10 Jason Bright Holden Commodore 1329 (-696)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 555 (-1470) 

Polestar Media Contact

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

23

AUG

Victory and championship lead for Thed Björk after chaos at Knutstorp

Reigning champion Thed Björk left the STCC weekend at Knutstorp in the south of Sweden with one victory and championship lead after two chaotic races. ”To claim such a dominating victory and take the championship lead feels amazing,” said Björk.
Björk was fastest in the first qualifying session which meant 25 points to the championship but also tenth place on the grid for the first race due to the reversed grid system. And the first race turned out to be chaotic where Fredrik Ekblom became involved in a major five-car crash.

Linus Ohlsson and Richard Göransson spun at the exit of the fast NGK corner and collected three other cars, including Ekblom who had to retire due to the damage. The damage was so extensive that Ekblom was forced to miss the second race, where he would have started from pole position.
 
”It is of course incredibly frustrating to be dragged into a crash and then not even being able to take part in the second race, despite an impressive effort from the mechanics. But that’s racing sometimes. There are many points left to fight for though and I am most of all pleased with the speed that we have had all season, I have for example never qualified below second place and been fastest in half of the qualifying sessions,” said Ekblom.

As the dust settled from the crash in the first race, Björk crossed the line in fourth position. Björk started from second on the grid in race two, which effectively became pole position as Ekblom’s gird position was empty. The reigning STCC champion took control of the race and pulled up a gap which he kept over the finishing line.
 
”The team gave me a perfect car, I was able to take control of the race instantly and then back off to maintain the car. Best of all is that I have taken the championship lead ahead of Solvalla, one of my very favorite tracks,” said Björk.

Prince Carl Philip managed, just as Björk, to avoid the chaos of both races and secured his best ever STCC weekend with seventh in the first race and sixth position in the second race.
 
”I am really pleased with the result from this weekend. There were for sure many that retired, but I have taken vital steps forward in terms of speed and I had a good fight with Emma Kimiläinen in the second race whom I managed to keep behind me,” said Prince Carl Philip.

Two STCC weekends with two heats each remains of this season and a total of 150 points. Björk leads with four points over BMW driver Fredrik Larsson while Ekblom is third, 28 points behind Björk.
 
”We have had two incredibly exciting races at Kntustorp where Fredrik Ekblom unfortunately became an innocent victim, despite him being fastest in qualifying. The positive points are of course the results of Prince Carl Philip and Thed Björk. The championship top is really close and the season end is no doubt going to be a nail-biter,” said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director of Volvo Cars.

Results Race 1 – Top 5

1 Philip Forsman BMW SR 20 varv
2 Erik Jonsson BMW SR +4.871
3 Andreas Wernersson Kia Optima +6.240
4 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +6.354
5 Mattias Lindberg Kia Optima +6.501
7 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +8.205
DNF Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60

Results Race 2 – Top 5

1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 20 varv
2 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR +2.618
3 Mattias Lindberg Kia Optima +3.243
4 Philip Forsman BMW SR +3.412
5 Andreas Wernersson Kia Optima +5.228
6 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +11.984
DNS Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60

Q1 – Top 5

1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 57.665
2 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +0.005
3 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR +0.232
4 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +0.454
5 Linus Ohlsson Kia Optima +0.523
12 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +1.498

Q2 – Top 5

1 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 57.726
2 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +0.170
3 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR +0.191
4 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +0.697
5 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 +0.755
12 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60

STCC Kvällsposten Newsrace Knutstorp

Circuit: Knutstorp
Length: 2079 m
Lap record (STCC): 0:58.364, Fredrik Ekblom (2013)

TV Coverage

Highlights in SVT2 21:15 Saturday 23/8

2014 STCC Calendar

10/05 Knutstorp
07/06 Göteborg
12/07 Falkenberg
23/08 Knutstorp
06/09 Solvalla
20/09 Mantorp Park

Championship standings - Top 10
(8/12 races)
 
1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 171 points
2 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR 168 (-3)
3 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 143 (-28)
4 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE 110 (-61)
5 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 102 (-69)
6 Philip Forsman BMW SR 100 (-71)
7 Mattias Lindberg Kia Optima 98 (-73)
8 Linus Ohlsson Kia Optima 89 (-82)
9 Erik Jonsson BMW SR 79 (-92)
10 Andreas Wernersson Kia Optima 52 (-119)
13 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 18 (-153)

Polestar Media Contact

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