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26

OCT

Pole and podium for Volvo Polestar Racing at Gold Coast

Volvo Polestar Racing driver Scott McLaughlin secured his eighth pole position and a podium finish together with co-driver Alexandre Prémat in the second V8 Supercars race in the Gold Coast 600. ”I am stoked for the team and stoked to get a surf board, it is one of the coolest trophies you can ever get apart from a championship trophy of course,” said McLaughlin.
Prémat started the race and kept the #33 Volvo in the top fight for the first stint, before handing it over to McLaughlin. Second place means the first ever V8 Supercars podium finish for Prémat.
”I feel really good to get my first podium in V8 Supercars. We showed already at Bathurst that we are in contention for a win or podium. This track is so hard and demanding, so I am very happy with this result and the team did a very good job,” said Prémat.

There was plenty of drama in the race, especially in the fight for second place between McLaughlin and Shane Van Gisbergen. The duo changed places a couple of times before Van Gisbergen was penalised for a ”restart infringement” after a safety car period.

Robert Dahlgren started the second race from 18th on the grid and made strong progress in the early part.
”We had a good start and moved up through the field. I handed over the car to Greg in 13th position. Unfortunately Greg got spun around and we ended up a bit further down. But we had a fast car this weekend and I really enjoyed driving here,” said Dahlgren.

Co-driver Ritter was involved in a fight for eleventh position with Jack Perkins towards the end of the race. Perkins dived on the inside of Ritter in turn four that saw the two cars coming together and Ritter dropping to 18th position.
”Robert did a tremendous first half of the race. I jumped in with about 40 laps left to go. I got turned around by Jack Perkins, which was unfortunate. I dropped to the rear of the train, so it was a hard day at the office,” said Ritter.

The first race, which was held on Saturday, saw McLaughlin/Prémat finishing seventh, after holding the lead early on and Dahlgren/Ritter finishing 13th after Ritter brushing the wall with a pitstop for repairs as a result.

The Gold Coast 600 race concludes the endurance races of the 2014 V8 Supercars. Two race weekends remain with the Philip Island 400 next up on November 14-16th.
”We are happy to see Scott and Alex bringing home a new podium and pole position. We are still lacking a bit regarding race pace and we have some homework to do. But all in all a promising weekend for the two remaining race weekends as well as for 2015,” said Christian Dahl, owner of Polestar.

Race 32 – Top 5

1 Whincup/Dumbrell Holden Commodore 102 laps
2 McLaughlin/Prémat Volvo S60 +2.8513
3 Caruso/Fiore Nissan Altima +3.4472
4 Slade/D’Alberto Holden Commodore +11.2129
5 Van Gisbergen/Webb Holden Commodore +18.0297
17 Dahlgren/Ritter Volvo S60 +56.2121

Qualifying for Race 32 – Top 5

1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:11.0273
2 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.1250
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.2449
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.2741
5 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG +0.3922
18 Greg Ritter Volvo S60 +0.8939

Race 31 – Top 5

1 Van Gisbergen/Webb Holden Commodore 102 laps
2 Whincup/Dumbrell Holden Commodore +2.2552
3 Slade/D’Alberto Holden Commodore +23.1691
4 Winterbottom/Owen Ford Falcon +23.1474
5 Caruso/Fiore Nissan Altima +23.2987
7 McLaughlin/Prémat Volvo S60 +38.6510
13 Dahlgren/Ritter Volvo S60 +1 lap

Top 10 Shootout for Race 31 – Top 5

1 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 1:11.3995
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.0753
3 Tim Slade Holden Commodore +0.1984
4 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +0.2081
5 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.3321

Qualifying for Race 31 – Top 5

1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:10.8672
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.0393
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.0843
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.1348
5 Tim Slade Holden Commodore +0.1637
18 Greg Ritter Volvo S60 +0.7680

Gold Coast 600 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Surfers Paradise Street Circuit
Length: 2980 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:10.0851, Will Davison, 2011

TV Coverage

Australia:
Europa:
Sverige:
Webbstream:
 
Championship positions - Top 10
(32/38 races)

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 2835 points
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2433 (-402)
3 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 2357 (-478)
4 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 2331 (-504)
5 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 2192 (-643)
6 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 2147 (-688)
7 James Courtney Holden Commodore 2135 (-700)
8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 2019 (-816)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 1806 (-1029)
10 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1688 (-1147)
...
26 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 783 (-2052)

Polestar Media Contact

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

25

OCT

Scott McLaughlin: ”We had a better car than seventh position”

The Volvo Polestar Racing duo of Scott McLaughlin and Alexandre Prémat finished seventh in the first V8 Supercars race of the weekend at the Gold Coast 600. ”We had a better car than just seventh position, but I just think we picked the wrong strategy in regards of me starting the race,” said McLaughlin.
McLaughlin qualified second on the grid after having provisional pole position in the first qualifying session. Due to various events during the race, McLaughlin and Prémat dropped from an early lead in the race to seventh position in the end.
”Our strategy was not the best today, we got stuck during the second or third safety car session and lost pretty much time. But that is the way it is and seventh was not too bad. We will try our best tomorrow to go for the podium,” said Prémat.

Robert Dahlgren started the race in the #34 Volvo from 18th position on the gird. The Swede had a strong first stint and climbed the order.
”I was a bit aggressive to make up some spots in the early part of the race and made fairly good progress. I handed the car over after about 40 laps to Greg who did a good job as well. Without the incident, we looked at a top ten finish. Things still look positive for tomorrow though, we have a strong race pace,” said Dahlgren.

The incident Dahlgren refers to came towards the end of the race when co-driver Greg Ritter made contact with the wall on the exit of turn two, resulting in a mechanical black flag and an extra pitstop to remove a loose side window.
”Robert did a good job in the first part of the race. I grabbed a little bit too much kerb in turn two and had a fairly good brush on the tyre wall. That popped the window out a bit which we had to pit for unfortunately. The car speed wasn’t too bad, we have a few things to work on for tomorrow,” said Ritter.

Tomorrow features a final qualifying session followed by a final race of, just as today, 300 kilometers or 102 laps.
”The car seemed pretty strong throughout the whole race and especially good on the tyres. We will push on for tomorrow for a strong result,” said McLaughlin.

Race 31 – Top 5

1 Van Gisbergen/Webb Holden Commodore 102 laps
2 Whincup/Dumbrell Holden Commodore +2.2552
3 Slade/D’Alberto Holden Commodore +23.1691
4 Winterbottom/Owen Ford Falcon +23.1474
5 Caruso/Fiore Nissan Altima +23.2987
7 McLaughlin/Prémat Volvo S60 +38.6510
13 Dahlgren/Ritter Volvo S60 +1 lap

Top 10 Shootout for Race 31 – Top 5

1 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 1:11.3995
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.0753
3 Tim Slade Holden Commodore +0.1984
4 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +0.2081
5 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.3321

Qualifying for Race 31 – Top 5

1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:10.8672
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.0393
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.0843
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.1348
5 Tim Slade Holden Commodore +0.1637
18 Greg Ritter Volvo S60 +0.7680

Gold Coast 600 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Surfers Paradise Street Circuit
Length: 2980 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:10.0851, Will Davison, 2011

Schedule
(Times in UTC +10H)

Friday 24/10
09:35 Practice 1 (30 min)
11:55 Practice 2 (30 min – co-drivers)
13:40 Practice 3 (30 min – co-drivers)
15:30 Practice 4 (30 min)

Saturday 25/10
11:35 Qualifying (20 min)
12:40 Top 10 Shootout (30 min)
14:40 Race 31 (102 laps)

Sunday 26/10
11:25 Qualifying (20 min)
13:55 Race 32 (102 laps)

TV Coverage

Australia:
 
Championship positions - Top 10
(31/38 races)

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 2685 points
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2370 (-315)
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 2259 (-426)
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 2246 (-439)
5 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 2096 (-589)
6 James Courtney Holden Commodore 2096 (-589)
7 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 2096 (-589)
8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1885 (-804)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 1740 (-945)
10 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1584 (-1101)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 729 (-1956)

Polestar Media Contact

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

22

OCT

Scott McLaughlin seeks redemption at Gold Coast

Scott McLaughlin heads to the Gold Coast 600 race this weekend seeking redemption after the Bathurst 1000 race where he lost a strong position after a wall visit. ”Gold Coast is one of my favourite events, it is really demanding and hard for the cars. Coming off some great speed at Bathurst, I am looking forward to seek redemption and making up to my team after the mistake I made at Bathurst,” said McLaughlin.

This year features the 20th anniversary of V8 Supercars on the Gold Coast, a demanding street circuit held in Surfers Paradise, Australia.

”I have looked at onboard footage from the track and it looks unbelievable. It is going to be awesome to learn this track and my aim is to get a top ten finish this weekend,” said Robert Dahlgren.

 

Co-driver Alexandre Prémat put in a solid effort in the Bathurst 1000 race two weeks ago and hopes to continue on the strong speed together with McLaughlin this weekend.

”I am confident of a strong result this weekend, especially after the speed we showed at Bathurst,” said Prémat.

 

Dahlgren’s co-driver Greg Ritter is just as teammates McLaughlin and Prémat hoping to build on the positive parts from the previous races this weekend.

”We made a lot of progress at Bathurst with the car and I am hoping that we can capitalise on that this weekend,” said Ritter.

 

The Gold Coast 600 weekend starts on Friday with practice, continues with qualifying and the first race of 300 kilometres on Saturday, with the second and final qualifying and race finishing off the race weekend on Sunday.


Gold Coast 600 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Surfers Paradise Street Circuit
Length: 2980 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:10.0851, Will Davison, 2011

Schedule
(Times in UTC +10H)

Friday 24/10
09:35 Practice 1 (30 min)
11:55 Practice 2 (30 min – co-drivers)
13:40 Practice 3 (30 min – co-drivers)
15:30 Practice 4 (30 min)

Saturday 25/10
11:35 Qualifying (20 min)
12:40 Top 10 Shootout (30 min)
14:40 Race 31 (102 laps)

Sunday 26/10
11:25 Qualifying (20 min)
13:55 Race 32 (102 laps)

TV Coverage

Australia:
Championship positions - Top 10
(30/38 races)

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 2547 points
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2250 (-297)
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 2208 (-339)
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 2096 (-451)
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore 2096 (-451)
6 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 2024 (-523)
7 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 1994 (-553)
8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1785 (-762)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 1662 (-885)
10 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1542 (-1005)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 663 (-1884)

Polestar Media Contact

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

18

OCT

Welcome to the new Polestar web shop

The new Polestar web shop is here with official Polestar merchandise available for order all over the world.
The shop offers a wide range of Polestar merchandise, including the latest ”What matters” collection, with jackets, sport bags, caps, phone cases and much more.

The shop will be continuously updated with more products over the coming time. Head to shop.polestar.com to place your order today!

12

OCT

Race lead and crashes for Volvo Polestar Racing at Bathurst

A strong start to the 2014 Bathurst 1000 race where Scott McLaughlin was in the lead for the majority of the first half was changed into drama where both cars hit the wall. ”I am very disappointed with the result, we had a really strong car that was good enough to win the race,” said McLaughlin.
McLaughlin made an impressive start where he rocketed past Shane Van Gisbergen and Mark Winterbottom to take the lead into the first corner. The #33 Volvo S60 Polestar held the lead for the majority of the first half of the race with co-driver Alexandre Prémat making a strong run after the first pit stops.

The #34 Volvo S60 Polestar of Robert Dahlgren and Greg Ritter made strong progress in the first half of the race as well and was as high as fifth.

But disaster struck for both cars in the same corner, just four laps apart. Dahlgren made a mistake and hit the wall in The Cutting corner, meaning a retirement from the race.
”Everything went our way at first and Greg did a great job. We climbed from 20th on the grid and were definitely in for a top ten finish. Unfortunately I made a mistake that was really costly and I am sorry for the team,” said Dahlgren.
”We got the car better during the race and were trucking along quite well with a good position. Rob made a mistake which is pretty easy to do around here. But I was encouraged by our pace through the middle of the day and I’m looking forward to Gold Coast,” said Ritter.

McLaughlin got Van Gisbergen on the inside of him going into The Cutting on lap 119. The 21-year-old went wide and hit the wall, although without contact between the two.
”I didn't know he was there until the last second and paid the price. I just got caught in the marbles, couldn't back out of it. It was a fair move, but I couldn’t turn in or hang around the outside,” said McLaughlin.

The Kiwi was able to limp back into the pits repairs. After a massive effort by the team, McLaughlin was able to rejoin the race, albeit 11 laps behind the leaders and brought the car home in 17th position.
”I am of course disappointed, we could have finished on the podium. But I can’t blame Scotty, he has done a really good job and we can all make mistakes. It is part of racing and I am really happy about my stints. I look forward to next year’s Bathurst 1000,” said Prémat.

The 1000 kilometers of the 2014 Bathurst race was filled with ups and downs for Volvo Polestar Racing. While crashes ended the race, all four drivers showed strong form with McLaughlin and Prémat putting a strong challenge for the overall victory.
”It was a frustrating end to an exciting race. But we bring the positive points with us. The team made a fantastic job repairing the car mid-race, Scott continues to impress and we led almost half the race in our first year at Bathurst. We look forward to taking on the 2015 Bathurst 1000,” said Christian Dahl, owner of Polestar.

Race 30 – Top 5

1 Mostert/Morris Ford Falcon 161 laps
2 Moffat/Douglas Nissan Altima +4.0936
3 Percat/Gavin Holden Commodore +8.5254
4 Davison/Davison Mercedes E63 AMG +10.3839
5 Whincup/Dumbrell Holden Commodore +11.8703
17 McLaughlin/Prémat Volvo S60
DNF Dahlgren/Ritter

Top 10 Shootout – Top 5

1 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 2:06.3267
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.3122
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.4515
4 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +0.7164
5 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.7301

Qualifying – Top 5

1 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 2:05.6080
2 Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.0931
3 Dale Wood Holden Commodore +0.6311
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.6476
5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.7278
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +2.6523

Practice 5 – Top 5

1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2:05.9011
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.2480
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.2733
4 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.3148
5 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +0.4832
25 Dahlgren/Ritter Volvo S60 +2.4163

Practice 4 – Top 5

1 Steve Owen Ford Falcon 2:06.7774
2 Luke Youlden Holden Commodore +0.0178
3 Alexandre Prémat Volvo S60 +0.1108
4 Taz Douglas Nissan Altima +0.4137
5 Dean Canto Ford Falcon +0.5313
15 Greg Ritter Volvo S60 +1.0614

Practice 3 – Top 5

1 Reynolds/Canto Ford Falcon 2:06.3714
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.1099
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.1749
4 McLaughlin/Prémat Volvo S60 +0.4385
5 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +0.4784
25 Dahlgren/Ritter Volvo S60 +4.0685

Practice 2 – Top 5

1 Greg Murphy Holden Commodore 2:08.5365
2 Steve Richards Holden Commodore +0.3055
3 Luke Youlden Holden Commodore +0.5838
4 Dean Canto Holden Commodore +0.6169
5 Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon +0.6681
8 Alexandre Prémat Volvo S60 +0.8004
19 Greg Ritter Volvo S60 +2.6366

Practice 1 – Top 5

1 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 2:08.0736
2 James Moffat Nissan Altima +0.2096
3 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +0.3375
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.3936
5 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.3963
6 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.8434
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +3.3608

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Mount Panorama Circuit
Length: 6213 m
Lap record (V8SC): 2:08.4651, Jamie Whincup, 2007

TV Coverage

Australia:

Championship positions - Top 10
(30/38 races)

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 2547 points
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2250 (-297)
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 2208 (-339)
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 2096 (-451)
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore 2096 (-451)
6 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 2024 (-523)
7 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 1994 (-553)
8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1785 (-762)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 1662 (-885)
10 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1542 (-1005)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 663 (-1884)

Polestar Media Contact

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

11

OCT

Scott McLaughlin secures top three grid spot for Bathurst 1000

Volvo Polestar Racing driver Scott McLaughlin secured third position on the grid for the 2014 Bathurst 1000 race after the Saturday Top 10 Shootout. ”We have secured a solid grid position for the great race tomorrow. Of course, I wanted pole at Bathurst as much as anyone else, but I was a bit on the conservative side on my lap. This is the first track this year though where we have a race car instead of a qualifying car, so looking good for tomorrow,” said McLaughlin.
The decision on who is going to start the race between McLaughlin and co-driver Alexandre Prémat has not been decided yet, but the Frenchman is confident ahead of tomorrow.
”Scott has done a great job in qualifying and the car is awesome. We have already gained two places from fifth yesterday to third today, now we just need two more places tomorrow,” said Prémat with a smile.

Team mates Robert Dahlgren and Greg Ritter are going to start from 21st position in the #34 Volvo S60 Polestar V8SC.
”We have focused on getting a car that we think is going to be safe and quick around Mount Panorama. Both Greg and I have been able to produce consistent lap times, so I think we are going to have a good race,” said Dahlgren.
”I have a good feeling ahead of the race and I do look forward to start my 16th Bathurst 1000. The car is looking good and I hope that we can climb the order tomorrow,” said Ritter.

The 2014 Bathurst 1000 race starts 10:30 tomorrow local time when the Volvo Polestar Racing drivers are going to face the toughest V8 Supercars race of the year on the legendary Mount Panorama circuit.

Top 10 Shootout – Top 5

1 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 2:06.3267
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.3122
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.4515
4 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +0.7164
5 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.7301

Qualifying – Top 5

1 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 2:05.6080
2 Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.0931
3 Dale Wood Holden Commodore +0.6311
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.6476
5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.7278
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +2.6523

Practice 5 – Top 5

1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2:05.9011
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.2480
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.2733
4 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.3148
5 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +0.4832
25 Dahlgren/Ritter Volvo S60 +2.4163

Practice 4 – Top 5

1 Steve Owen Ford Falcon 2:06.7774
2 Luke Youlden Holden Commodore +0.0178
3 Alexandre Prémat Volvo S60 +0.1108
4 Taz Douglas Nissan Altima +0.4137
5 Dean Canto Ford Falcon +0.5313
15 Greg Ritter Volvo S60 +1.0614

Practice 3 – Top 5

1 Reynolds/Canto Ford Falcon 2:06.3714
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.1099
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.1749
4 McLaughlin/Prémat Volvo S60 +0.4385
5 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +0.4784
25 Dahlgren/Ritter Volvo S60 +4.0685

Practice 2 – Top 5

1 Greg Murphy Holden Commodore 2:08.5365
2 Steve Richards Holden Commodore +0.3055
3 Luke Youlden Holden Commodore +0.5838
4 Dean Canto Holden Commodore +0.6169
5 Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon +0.6681
8 Alexandre Prémat Volvo S60 +0.8004
19 Greg Ritter Volvo S60 +2.6366

Practice 1 – Top 5

1 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 2:08.0736
2 James Moffat Nissan Altima +0.2096
3 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +0.3375
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.3936
5 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.3963
6 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.8434
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +3.3608

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Mount Panorama Circuit
Length: 6213 m
Lap record (V8SC): 2:08.4651, Jamie Whincup, 2007

Schedule
(Times in UTC +10H)

Thursday 9/10
11:05 Practice 1 (50 min)
13:15 Practice 2 (45 min)
15:10 Practice 3 (50 min)

Friday 10/10
09:30 Practice 4 (45 min)
13:10 Practice 5 (50 min)
15:00 Qualifying (40 min)

Saturday 11/10
10:20 Practice 6 (50 min)
17:10 Top 10 Shootout (45 min)

Sunday 12/10
07:50 Warm Up (20 min)
10:30 Race 29 (161 laps)

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

10

OCT

Volvo Polestar Racing in the top five of Bathurst qualifying

Volvo Polestar Racing driver Scott McLaughlin put his Volvo S60 Polestar V8S into the top five of the Bathurst 1000 qualifying session, meaning a spot in tomorrow’s Top 10 Shootout. ”The car was really good in qualifying and I look forward to the shootout tomorrow. We have definitely got a good chance for tomorrow and the race on Sunday,” said McLaughlin.
McLaughlin was fifth fastest in qualifying while team mate Robert Dahlgren put the #34 Volvo S60 Polestar V8SC on position 22, missing vital practice time yesterday after making contact with the wall in the third session.
”It was important for me to do further laps. Unfortunately I didn’t get that many laps yesterday, that cost me in qualifying. But I have improved my times the whole day and although I didn’t get up to the speed I wanted, the race is long and I look forward to it. I think we are going to have a good race pace,” said Dahlgren.

Co-drivers Alexandre Prémat and Greg Ritter were competitive in the co-drivers only sessions, with Prémat being third fastest in the fourth practice session.
”The car pace has been awesome. I look forward to see Scott in the shootout tomorrow and to start the race from a strong position,” said Prémat.
”We’ve had an okay day today. It is going to be a long day on Sunday and I look forward to another Bathurst 1000 together with Robert,” said Ritter.

McLaughlin is one of the drivers in tomorrow’s Top 10 Shootout where the first ten grid positions are going to be decided where the drivers get one flying lap to set their lap time, starting at 17:10 local time.

Qualifying – Top 5

1 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 2:05.6080
2 Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.0931
3 Dale Wood Holden Commodore +0.6311
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.6476
5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.7278
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +2.6523

Practice 5 – Top 5

1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2:05.9011
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.2480
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.2733
4 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.3148
5 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +0.4832
25 Dahlgren/Ritter Volvo S60 +2.4163

Practice 4 – Top 5

1 Steve Owen Ford Falcon 2:06.7774
2 Luke Youlden Holden Commodore +0.0178
3 Alexandre Prémat Volvo S60 +0.1108
4 Taz Douglas Nissan Altima +0.4137
5 Dean Canto Ford Falcon +0.5313
15 Greg Ritter Volvo S60 +1.0614

Practice 3 – Top 5

1 Reynolds/Canto Ford Falcon 2:06.3714
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.1099
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.1749
4 McLaughlin/Prémat Volvo S60 +0.4385
5 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +0.4784
25 Dahlgren/Ritter Volvo S60 +4.0685

Practice 2 – Top 5

1 Greg Murphy Holden Commodore 2:08.5365
2 Steve Richards Holden Commodore +0.3055
3 Luke Youlden Holden Commodore +0.5838
4 Dean Canto Holden Commodore +0.6169
5 Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon +0.6681
8 Alexandre Prémat Volvo S60 +0.8004
19 Greg Ritter Volvo S60 +2.6366

Practice 1 – Top 5

1 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 2:08.0736
2 James Moffat Nissan Altima +0.2096
3 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +0.3375
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.3936
5 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.3963
6 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.8434
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +3.3608

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Mount Panorama Circuit
Length: 6213 m
Lap record (V8SC): 2:08.4651, Jamie Whincup, 2007

Schedule
(Times in UTC +10H)

Thursday 9/10
11:05 Practice 1 (50 min)
13:15 Practice 2 (45 min)
15:10 Practice 3 (50 min)

Friday 10/10
09:30 Practice 4 (45 min)
13:10 Practice 5 (50 min)
15:00 Qualifying (40 min)

Saturday 11/10
10:20 Practice 6 (50 min)
17:10 Top 10 Shootout (45 min)

Sunday 12/10
07:50 Warm Up (20 min)
10:30 Race 29 (161 laps)

TV Coverage

Australia:
Europe:
Sweden:
Web stream:

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

07

OCT

Volvo Polestar Racing aiming for the podium at Bathurst

Volvo are back at the legendary Bathurst 1000 race this weekend, 16 years after the iconic victory with the Volvo S40 Super Touring in 1998. This year Volvo Polestar Racing are aiming to be back on the podium.
”I am really excited to head to Bathurst as a Volvo factory driver. It is such a great race and I really think we have a good chance for a strong result,” said Scott McLaughlin.

The V8 Supercars drivers will fight over 1000 kilometers for victory in the legendary race which is the second of three endurance race in this year’s championship. The endurance cup started with the Sandown 500 race four weeks ago where McLaughlin and co-driver Alexandre Prémat fought for a podium until an incident in the pits stopped them.

”I am very excited to race at Bathurst again and with the pace of the Volvo, we will be going for a podium finish this weekend. I have driven a number of great racing circuits around the world, but Bathurst is simply amazing,” said Prémat.

Robert Dahlgren is going to race his first ever Bathurst 1000 and is confident that the circuit will suit the Volvo S60 Polestar V8SC.

”We made strong progress at Sandown and I am optimistic ahead of Bathurst. It will be a good circuit for the Volvo. It is a fast and flowing circuit, something suiting our car really well. I am really looking forward to this weekend, this is one of those races in the world that you have to do at least once in your life,” said Dahlgren.

Greg Ritter provides the experience as co-driver to Dahlgren, completing his 16th Bathurst 1000 race this year.

"I look forward to heading to Bathurst each year, having driven for Garry for the last nine years. I am especially looking forward to the race this year with the pace of Volvos this season,” said Ritter.

The Mount Panorama, Motor Racing Circuit Bathurst features a technically challenging 6 kilometer lap with a mix of fast and slow corners, including a total height difference of 174 meters.

The 2014 Bathurst 1000 race weekend kicks off with practice sessions on Thursday, followed by qualifying on Friday and Saturday. The race starts 10:30 local time on Saturday which includes pitstops for tyre change, refueling, service and mandatory driver changes.

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Mount Panorama Circuit
Length: 6213 m
Lap record (V8SC): 2:08.4651, Jamie Whincup, 2007

Schedule
(Times in UTC +10H)

Thursday 9/10
11:05 Practice 1 (50 min)
13:15 Practice 2 (45 min)
15:10 Practice 3 (50 min)

Friday 10/10
09:30 Practice 4 (45 min)
13:10 Practice 5 (50 min)
15:00 Qualifying (40 min)

Saturday 11/10
10:20 Practice 6 (50 min)
17:10 Top 10 Shootout (45 min)

Sunday 12/10
07:50 Warm Up (20 min)
10:30 Race 29 (161 laps)

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

05

OCT

Video: Thed Björk's journey to the 2014 STCC title

Thed Björk secured his third STCC title at Mantorp Park in Sweden two weeks ago. Join the Volvo Polestar Racing driver during the season finale in our latest video.

Björk managed to secure his second straight STCC title, something only three drivers has managed before in the 18-year history of the championship. But his journey to the title was not easy.

 

The season started tough with Björk being down in fifth position in the championship after the first races at Knutstorp. Björk then started a decisive fight back to the lead and arrived to the season finale with a 31-point lead over main title rival and BMW driver Fredrik Larsson.

 

Björk needed fourth position in the penultimate race to secure the title if Larsson was to win the race. Join Björk and his engineer Per Blomberg during the decisive season finale:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37IUGl9ol_Y 

03

OCT

The Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar – What our race drivers drive to work

Polestar has raced Volvo cars since its foundation in 1996. Countless hours of preparation, development, experiences and victories on racing circuits all over the world.
The new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar is our first step into the performance car market, taking our gathered knowledge of pushing Volvo cars to the very limit further on to customers on selected markets around the world.

Our ambition for the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar has been to create a performance car for all seasons. No matter the weather. No matter the road. No matter the conditions.

The cars are based on our engineers’ and drivers’ knowledge and experience from the racing circuits, combined with their vision on the optimal all-year performance car.

”Creating a performance car for all seasons is much like creating a setup for the perfect race car,” said Thed Björk, triple and reigning STCC champion for Volvo Polestar Racing.

”To create a championship winning race car the target is to develop a car that I as a racing driver can rely on in all situations. No matter if it is a one-shot qualifying lap or a three-car fight for the lead on the final lap. We need drivability in all situations. Just like on the road. We want a car that we can live with all year, no matter sunshine or snow, a Sunday ride or a long trip with the family, and at the same time being able to enjoy the performance. I am very much pleased with what we have created with the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar.”

The result is the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar – What our race drivers drive to work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCo-ggsxbOQ

More information about the cars on www.nextpolestar.com
 
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