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22

AUG

Thed Björk and Fredrik Ekblom tops STCC qualifying at Knutstorp

Volvo Polestar Racing drivers Thed Björk and Fredrik Ekblom topped the STCC qualifying session at Knutstorp in the south of Sweden from start to end. Björk was fastest in the first qualifying session which means 25 points to the championship while Ekblom was fastest in the second qualifying session which means pole position for the second race.
It was extremely tight between the two Volvo drivers in the first session where a mere five thousands of a second separated the both. Thanks to the points awarded in the first qualifying session, Ekblom has gained three points on championship leader Fredrik Larsson, who qualified third, and Björk gained ten points.
”I am very pleased with the car and especially the first session. I made a small mistake in the second session, but second position is still good and to get 25 points is extremely important,” said Björk.

Ekblom responded in the second qualifying session where he beat Björk to pole with close to two tenths of a second, meaning an all Volvo front row for the second race.
”The test work has never worked this well before, the car reacted just as we wanted on the changes and we made a lot of progress. I am really happy over the position we have got ahead of the two races tomorrow,” said Ekblom.

Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte had technical problems with the gearbox and the mechanics were forced to work hard to get the car ready between testing and qualifying. With just seconds left ahead of the start of the qualifying session, Prince Carl Philip was able to join the track and is going to start 12th for both races.
”The team made an amazing effort to get me out in time, a big thanks to them. But I am not pleased with my position in the qualifying session, but we lost a lot of important time due to the technical issues and I made a step in the right direction in terms of lap times from testing to qualifying,” said Prince Carl Philip.

The first race of the weekend starts 12:10 CET tomorrow where Björk starts eighth and Ekblom seventh because of the reversed grid system. The second race starts 14:05 CET where Ekblom starts from pole and Björk from second.

STCC Kvällsposten Newsrace Knutstorp

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

Schedule

Friday 22/8
09:40 – Test 1 (30 min)
10:20 – Test 2 (30 min)
12:35 – Q1 (15 min)
12:55 – Q2 (20 min)

Saturday 23/8
12:10 – Race 1 (25 min)
14:05 – Race 2 (25 min)

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
(6/12 races)
 
1 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR 150 poäng
2 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 143 (-7)
3 Thed Björk Volvo S60 134 (-16)
4 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE 110 (-40)
5 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 102 (-48)
6 Linus Ohlsson Kia Optima 85 (-60)
7 Mattias Lindberg Kia Optima 73 (-77)
8 Philip Forsman BMW SR 63 (-87)
9 Erik Jonsson BMW SR 61 (-89)
10 Emma Kimiläinen Saab 9-3 37 (-113)
13 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 4 (-146)

Polestar Media Contact

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

21

AUG

Volvo Polestar Racing ready for final 2014 STCC half

Volvo Polestar Racing drivers Fredrik Ekblom and Thed Björk head to Knutstorp this weekend to start the final half of the 2014 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, embroiled in a hard fight for the championship lead.
Triple STCC champion Ekblom is the so far best-scoring driver in the team after the first season half with second position in the championship, just ten points behind championship leader and BMW driver Fredrik Larsson.
”I am really pleased with our speed so far this season, but we have unfortunately hit some snags along the way with two zero points. My feeling ahead of Knutstorp is really good though, especially as I claimed pole and a victory here last time. I am driving for victory as always,” said Ekblom.

Closes behind Ekblom is reigning STCC champion Björk who has got 16 points to second place and 26 points to the lead.
”My goal is of course always set on the championship lead, but it is not until the last race in the season finale that it really counts. I am not worried about the gap in the points right now, especially as there are so many points from each weekend. My goal for this race weekend is to score at least one victory,” said Björk.

After a tough start to the season, Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte has scored points in the past three races and is chasing more points at Knutstorp.
”I had a tough season start at Knutstorp in May, I am aiming to turn that around this weekend and continue to score points for the championship,” said Prince Carl Philip.

The STCC weekend at Knutstorp in the south of Sweden starts on Friday with testing and qualifying, followed by two races on Saturday.

STCC Kvällsposten Newsrace Knutstorp

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

Schedule

Friday 22/8
09:40 – Test 1 (30 min)
10:20 – Test 2 (30 min)
12:35 – Q1 (15 min)
12:55 – Q2 (20 min)

Saturday 23/8
12:10 – Race 1 (25 min)
14:05 – Race 2 (25 min)

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
(6/12 races)
 
1 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR 135 points
2 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 125 (-10)
3 Thed Björk Volvo S60 109 (-26)
4 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE 98 (-37)
5 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 94 (-41)
6 Linus Ohlsson Kia Optima 75 (-60)
7 Mattias Lindberg Kia Optima 73 (-62)
8 Erik Jonsson BMW SR 60 (-75)
9 Philip Forsman BMW SR 59 (-76)
10 Andreas Wernersson Kia Optima 31 (-104)
13 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 4 (-131)

Polestar Media Contact

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

20

AUG

Volvo Polestar Racing returns to Sydney Motorsport Park

Sydney Motorsport Park saw the first official appearance on track of the Volvo S60 Polestar V8 Supercar in February and this weekend marks the return for the team to the track for the ninth race weekend of 2014.
The Volvo Polestar Racing drivers head to the race weekend strengthened after a successful test day at Winton.

”The test day has been really good for us. We know where we can start from this time and I am really looking forward to it,” said Scott McLaughlin.

The return to Sydney Motorsport Park also means the first circuit of the year for Robert Dahlgren that he has driven on before the race weekend.

”It is almost like my home track in Australia if I was to pick one. I think the track will be good for the Volvo and we have an interesting weekend ahead of us, lets go racing!” said Dahlgren.

This weekend features a hectic two-day schedule with two practice sessions on Saturday, followed by two qualifying sessions and two races. Sunday features a single qualifying session followed by a final longer race of 51 laps compared to the first two of 26 laps each.

”It is going to be a bit different with a two-day weekend. Our car is pretty good on the high speed tracks. The biggest thing is going to be some turn from our car and the race pace. But I think we have got a pretty awesome weekend ahead of us,” said McLaughlin.

Sydney Motorsport Park 400 – V8 Supercars

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

Schedule
(Times in UTC +10H)

Saturday 23/8
09:00 Practice 1 (30 min)
10:30 Practice 2 (30 min)
12:30 Qualifying – Race 26 (10 min)
12:50 Qualifying – Race 27 (10 min)
14:25 Race 26 (26 laps)
16:30 Race 27 (26 laps)

Sunday 24/8
12:40 Qualifying – Race 28 (20 min)
15:45 Race 28 (51 laps)

TV Coverage

Australia:

Championship positions - Top 10
(25/38 races)

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1790 points
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 1775 (-15)
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 1628 (-162)
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore 1598 (-192)
5 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1535 (-255)
6 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 1532 (-258)
7 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1347 (-443)
8 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 1322 (-468)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 1309 (-481)
10 David Reynolds Ford Falcon 1201 (-589)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 531 (-1259)

Polestar Media Contact

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

14

AUG

Polestar launches optimisation for Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid

The latest model to be included in the Polestar Performance range is the Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid. The Polestar optimisation increases the power output to a total of 298 hp and 670 Nm, making it the strongest ever diesel model from Volvo.
”The Polestar optimisation for the V60 D6 combines a strong fuel economy with performance. We are happy to be able to offer the Volvo customers with more driving pleasure in combination with the latest hybrid technology, a very interesting area for the future,” said Hans Bååth, marketing director for Polestar.

The new optimisation increases the power of the diesel engine with 15 hp and 30 Nm, including an optimised power graph. Combined with the electric engine of 68 hp and 200 Nm, the performance figures are improved to 0-100 km/h in 6.0 seconds, this with unchanged fuel consumption and emission levels: 1.8 l/100 km and 48 g/km.

The optimisation makes the car more fun to drive, at the same time as it increases the safety in situations where you need extra performance, for example during an overtaking maneuver.

Polestar Performance is installed by your Volvo dealer with retained Volvo warranty. The work can be carried out in connection with a regular service, tyre change, installation of Volvo accessories or reconditioning. As with other Volvo Original Accessories, Polestar Performance can increase the resale value of your Volvo.

For more information and to order* your optimisation, visit: www.polestar.com/en-int/performance/

* = The optimisation is so far available in Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

03

AUG

Pole and podium in incident-packed Queensland weekend

Scott McLaughlin secured his fifth pole position of the 2014 V8 Supercars for Volvo Polestar Racing at Queensland Raceway and claimed his fifth podium in the first race. ”We had a pretty up and down weekend. It was awesome to take my fifth pole of the year and third in the first race. The top two got away from me though, but we made changes throughout the weekend that worked well,” said McLaughlin.
The second race saw the Kiwi starting from pole position and leading the race until a clash with Nissan driver Michael Caruso, an incident resulting in many places lost for McLaughlin and a penalty for Caruso.
”I was battling with my friend Michael Caruso. Unfortunately he tagged me and spun me around. That was the end of my race as I had to do a few flick spins to get it back and that chewed up my tyres. It is just one of those things and Michael came after the race and said sorry,” said McLaughlin.

Team mate Robert Dahlgren had a mixed weekend as well with technical problems in the final qualifying session, but equalled his best so far V8 Supercars result with 16th in the final race.
”We did a few changes for the final race after I had problems with my car in qualifying. I had good pace and went up from 22nd to 16th, it was just unfortunate to qualify that far back. But at least we had good speed in the races,” said Dahlgren.

The final race of the weekend saw McLaughlin battling in the top five, but an unscheduled pitstop for a punctured front left tyre sent him back to 19th position.
”Unfortunately I don’t know what happened, I am pretty sure something went wrong as the car just locked up and I was a passenger. It was unfortunate as the car felt the best it had done over a Sunday for a long time and we had pretty good tyre life. I am still seventh in the championship though which is not too bad, we need to just keep pushing on,” said McLaughlin.

V8 Supercars continues on August 22-24th with the Sydney Motorsport Park 400, the final SuperSprint format race before the Endurance Cup starts with the Wilson Security Sandown 500 on September 14th.
”Incidents stopped the team unfortunately from getting better results than there was pace for this weekend. Scott and Robert fought well though as usual and there is nothing but keeping our heads down and continue to work hard for the coming races in Sydney,” said Christian Dahl, owner of Polestar.

Results Race 23 - Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 33 laps
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +4.6356
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +7.9625
4 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +12.2176
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore +14.9171
23 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +39.9072

Results Race 24 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 33 laps
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.5082
3 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +12.2514
4 Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +18.1787
5 Rick Kelly Nissan Altima +20.1221
19 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +31.8068
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +34.1866

Results Race 25 – Top 5

1 James Courtney Holden Commodore 66 laps
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +5.5847
3 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +7.9592
4 Scott Pye Ford Falcon +11.9481
5 James Moffat Nissan Altima +14.3465
16 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +43.0796
19 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +46.5478

Qualifying Race 23 – Top 5

1 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 1:09.4221
2 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.0456
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.0527
4 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.1182
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.1215
20 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.5102

Qualifying Race 24 – Top 5

1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:09.2906
2 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +0.0409
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.0695
4 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.0784
5 Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.1477
18 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.4247

Qualifying Race 25 – Top 5

1 James Moffat Nissan Altima 1:09.1539
2 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.1821
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.2071
4 Nick Percat Holden Commodore +0.2454
5 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.2741
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.9769

Ipswich 400 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Queensland Raceway
Length: 3120 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:10:0874, Russell Ingall, 2012

TV Coverage

Australia:

Championship positions - Top 10
(25/38 races)

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1790 points
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 1775 (-15)
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 1628 (-162)
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore 1598 (-192)
5 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1535 (-255)
6 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 1532 (-258)
7 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1347 (-443)
8 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 1322 (-468)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 1309 (-481)
10 David Reynolds Ford Falcon 1201 (-589)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 531 (-1259)

Polestar Media Contact

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

30

JUL

Volvo Polestar Racing aiming to bounce back at Queensland

The past V8 Supercars race weekend was trying for Volvo Polestar Racing drivers Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren. But the team is aiming to bounce back this weekend at Queensland Raceway with new changes made to the Volvo S60 race cars. ”We won here last year and we have a faster car now than last year. So I am pretty confident ahead of this weekend,” said McLaughlin.
Swedish driver Dahlgren makes his debut at Queensland Raceway and is hoping to score his best result of the year this weekend.
”It looks like a nice track with quite a few overtaking opportunities. I am really looking forward to it and can’t wait to race there,” said Dahlgren.

While McLaughlin was competitive in qualifying in the last race, the speed for the top three was not there, something the Kiwi hopes to have changed in the three-week break.
”Our qualifying average is still good and that is very important. We are loosing a little bit over a race distance, but not much. The team has made a solid amount of changes during the break, hopefully it will be enough to be on par with the top runners. Our aim is still for the top five and to keep the points coming through,” said McLaughlin.

Ipswich 400 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Queensland Raceway
Length: 3120 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:10:0874, Russell Ingall, 2012

Schedule
(Times in UTC +10H)

Friday 1/8
10:10 Practice 1 (20 min)
13:15 Practice 2 (20 min)
15:10 Practice 3 (20 min)

Saturday 2/8
11:25 Qualifying – Race 1 (10 min)
11:45 Qualifying – Race 2 (10 min)
14:25 Race 1 (33 laps)
16:30 Race 2 (33 laps)

Sunday 3/8
12:55 Qualifying – Race 3 (20 min)
15:50 Race 3 (65 laps)

TV Coverage

Australia:

Championship positions - Top 10
(22/38 races)

1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 1634 points
2 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1538 (-96)
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1361 (-273)
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 1355 (-279)
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore 1354 (-280)
6 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 1352 (-282)
7 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1211 (-423)
8 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 1135 (-499)
9 David Reynolds Ford Falcon 1099 (-535)
10 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 1098 (-536)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 437 (-1197)

Polestar Media Contact

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

12

JUL

From crash to victory for Fredrik Ekblom after strong team effort

Fredrik Ekblom’s STCC weekend in Falkenberg went from crash to victory after a strong team effort to repair the triple STCC champion’s Volvo between the two races. ”I am deeply impressed by the team that got the car together after the crash, I didn’t think I would make it to the second race. This is one of the best victories in my career,” said Ekblom.
Ekblom recorded the fastest ever lap time by an STCC car on the Falkenberg circuit and claimed pole for the second race. The first race ended early though as Richard Göransson slid into him, forcing them both to retire. Ekblom’s car was heavily damaged and the team faced a race against time to repair the car for the second race.

With just minutes before the second race, Ekblom’s car was ready and the Volvo Polestar Racing driver pulled up a commanding lead in the race, as well as setting the fastest lap. Ekblom crossed the line ahead of main title rival and BMW driver Fredrik Larsson.
”It is one thing to get the car on four wheels and another to get it fast. It feels awesome to come back from the crash to set the fastest lap and win,” said Ekblom.

Falkenberg turned out to be a challenging weekend for Thed Björk with third in the first race but a puncture and ninth place in the second race.
”If you start further down the field you get into trouble. The flow and the speed wasn’t really there this weekend. Third in the first race was okay, but the puncture was not much to do about in the second race. I am going to reload and get back for Knutstorp after the summer break,” said Björk.

Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte had a tough race weekend as well where he collided with Linus Ohlsson in the first race but still managed to secure tenth place and a championship point. The second race saw him just as Björk get a puncture and crossed the line in tenth place thanks to a fast pitstop to change tyre.
”It has been a tough weekend, but a tough weekend where I still managed to get some points with me. I had a good pace in the races and I bring that with me to the Knutstorp race in August,” said Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte.

Ekblom gains on Larsson in the drivers’ championship and is ten points behind. Björk loses one spot to third and is 26 points behind Larsson. STCC enters the summer break and resumes action on August 23 at Knutstorp.
”The mechanics has done an amazing job to get Ekblom out for the second race and especially that they managed to deliver a car that was fastest of all in the STCC field. The championship has turned out to be very close at mid-point of the season and we are looking forward to an exciting battle in the remaining races,” said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director of Volvo Cars.
 
Results Race 1 – Top 5
 
1 Philip Forsman BMW SR 27 laps
2 Emma Kimiläinen Saab 9-3 +0.329
3 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +1.989
4 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR +3.173
5 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +8.117
...
10 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +1 lap
DNF Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 
 
Results Race 2 – Top 5
 
1 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 27 laps
2 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR +1.360
3 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +11.068
4 Mattias Lindberg Kia Optima +11.779
5 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 +12.918
...
9 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +1 lap
10 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +3 laps  
 
STCC Falkenberg

Circuit: Falkenberg
Length: 1843 m
Lap record (STCC): 0:43.283, Fredrik Ekblom (2014)

TV-broadcast
 
Live at www.svtplay.se
Highlights in SVT2 18.00 Saturday 12/7

Calendar 2014 STCC

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

Championship standings - Top 10
(6/12 races)

1 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR 135 points
2 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 125 (-10)
3 Thed Björk Volvo S60 109 (-26)
4 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE 98 (-37)
5 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 94 (-41)
6 Linus Ohlsson Kia Optima 75 (-60)
7 Mattias Lindberg Kia Optima 73 (-62)
8 Erik Jonsson BMW SR 60 (-75)
9 Philip Forsman BMW SR 59 (-76)
10 Andreas Wernersson Kia Optima 31 (-104)
13 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 4 (-131)

Polestar Media Contact

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

11

JUL

Fredrik Ekblom claims pole with record breaking time at Falkenberg

Fredrik Ekblom recorded the fastest ever lap time by an STCC car in qualifying at Falkenberg today. The triple STCC champion was fastest by no less than three tenths of a second on the short and fast circuit, something also providing him with 25 points for the championship. ”It feels awesome. The car has worked great from the very first lap of the first test this weekend,” said Ekblom.
Ekblom was fastest in both qualifying sessions, something meaning tenth position on the grid for the first race due to the reversed grid and first place for the second race.
”I’ll just go with it and take the challenges as they come, we have seen in the previous races that things get crazy in the first race with the reversed grid,” said Ekblom.

Thed Björk had two tough test sessions, followed by puncture in the first qualifying session and fifth as result. The second session saw the double STCC champion improving his time to third overall, two tenths from pole position.
”I tried as hard as I could, but Fredrik drove like a demon today. Third for the second race is something I have to be pleased with and my goal is to regain some points on the two ahead of me in the championship,” said Björk.

Björk lost one place in the championship to third after the points from the first qualifying session. Ekblom on the other hand gained one place to second, just five points behind leading Fredrik Larsson who starts behind him in both races.

Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte is going to start eleventh in both of the races, a position he was not pleased with.
”I am not pleased, we lack some speed in order to challenge for the top ten where my goal is. But we’ll be back for tomorrow,” said Bernadotte.

The first race tomorrow stats at 12:40 CET.

STCC Falkenberg

Circuit: Falkenberg
Length: 1843 m
Lap record (STCC): 0:43.520, Linus Ohlsson (2013)

Schedule

Friday 11/7
11:45 – Test 1 (30 min)
13:15 – Test 2 (30 min)
16:35 – Q1 (15 min)
16:55 – Q2 (20 min)

Saturday 12/7
12:40 – Race 1 (25 min)
15:30 – Race 2 (25 min)

TV-broadcast
 
Highlights in SVT2 18.00 Saturday 12/7

Calendar 2014 STCC

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

Championship standings - Top 10
(4/12 races)

1 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR 105 points
2 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 100 (-5)
3 Thed Björk Volvo S60 92 (-13)
4 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 84 (-21)
5 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE 73 (-32)
6 Linus Ohlsson Kia Optima 63 (-42)
7 Mattias Lindberg Kia Optima 61 (-44)
8 Erik Jonsson BMW SR 48 (-57)
9 Philip Forsman BMW SR 34 (-71)
10 Andreas Wernersson Kia Optima 17 (-88)
13 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 2 (-103)

Polestar Media Contact

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

09

JUL

Volvo Polestar Racing seeking revenge ahead of STCC in Falkenberg

Volvo Polestar Racing top drivers Thed Björk and Fredrik Ekblom are heading to this weekend’s STCC race in Falkenberg with a lust for revenge. Björk had his only retirement of the season there last year and Ekblom was forced to retire on the warm up lap in the previous race in Gothenburg.
”I am looking for revenge from last year. The DNF is going to be changed for a victory to continue to gain on Fredrik Larsson in the championship lead,” said Björk.

Ekblom has shown strong form in the first two race weekends of 2014 with one victory and one pole position. But the triple STCC champion was unable to show that in Gothenburg as he was forced to retire before the lights even went to green due to technical problems.
”It was frustrating to not even being able to start the race and we lost important points. But I am still in touch with Thed and Fredrik in the top of the championship and I had a strong weekend in Falkenberg last year. I am as always driving for victory,” said Ekblom.

Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte is also on the hunt for revenge this weekend after a tough start to the season. The 35-year-old took his so far best STCC finish in Falkenberg last year with seventh position.
”I am not pleased with the start of this season. The speed is there but we’ve had a lot of bad luck. I like Falkenberg and my goal is a similar result as last year here,” said Bernadotte.

A tough race weekend lies ahead of the Polestar drivers with the current heatwave in Sweden as well as the challenge of the reversed grid, which so far this year has provided a lot of incidents in the first race of the weekend.
”We are getting inexperienced drivers who hasn’t really got the speed for the top in the front of the field for the first race, as well as them not looking in the rear view mirror enough. We are analyzing the strategy properly for this ahead of the weekend and we are going to show the juniors what’s what!” said Björk.

STCC Falkenberg

Circuit: Falkenberg
Length: 1843 m
Lap record (STCC): 0:43.520, Linus Ohlsson (2013)

Schedule

Friday 11/7
11:45 – Test 1 (30 min)
13:15 – Test 2 (30 min)
16:35 – Q1 (15 min)
16:55 – Q2 (20 min)

Saturday 12/7
12:40 – Race 1 (25 min)
15:30 – Race 2 (25 min)

TV-broadcast
 
Highlights in SVT2 18.00 Saturday 12/7

Calendar 2014 STCC

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

Championship standings - Top 10
(4/12 races)

1 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR 87 points
2 Thed Björk Volvo S60 82 (-5)
3 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 75 (-12)
4 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 69 (-18)
5 Mattias Lindberg Kia Optima 61 (-26)
6 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE 57 (-30)
7 Linus Ohlsson Kia Optima 55 (-32)
8 Erik Jonsson BMW SR 48 (-39)
9 Philip Forsman BMW SR 32 (-55)
10 Roger Samuelsson Saab 9-3 14 (-73)
13 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 2 (-85)

Polestar Media Contact

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

06

JUL

Trying Townsville weekend for Volvo Polestar Racing

The Townsville 500 weekend turned out to be trying for Volvo Polestar Racing. Scott McLaughlin continued to show strong form in qualifying with three fourth places while his best result in the three races was sixth. ”We qualified really well and I led the first race. But unfortunately there was a safety car session and a few things happened and we ended up falling back to sixth,” said McLaughlin.
Team mate Robert Dahlgren was on pace in qualifying, four tenths from pole position for the second race, but had 18th as best result in the races.
”My second qualifying session was good and I was in the top ten in the final race as we had a different strategy that could have been really good. But then I had some technical problems which meant that I dropped back unfortunately,” said Dahlgren.

McLaughlin ran into trouble in the second race as he was penalized for speeding in the pitlane while the third and final longer race saw him finishing ninth.
”Unfortunately I sped coming into the pit lane. It was my mistake and I feel very sorry for the boys. But I managed to get ten or 12 places back after that which was awesome. Then in the third race we struggled a little bit pace wise, so to end up ninth was good. You got to make the most of the bad days and we did,” said McLaughlin.

McLaughlin remains in seventh position in the championship and the next race takes place on August 1-3 with the Coates Hire Ipswich 400.
”While the top results weren’t there this time, both Scott and Robert fought hard over the weekend and showed strong form in qualifying. We are aiming to bounce back to the top in the coming races,” said Christian Dahl, owner of Polestar.

Results Race 1 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 43 laps
2 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +2.039
3 Will Davison Mercedes E63 +5.600
4 Nick Percat Holden Commodore +6.569
5 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +8.140
6 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +9.298
19 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +24.099

Results Race 2 – Top 5

1 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 44 laps
2 James Courtney Holden Commodore +2.342
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +4.087
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +9.081
5 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +9.623
14 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +20.923
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +39.799

Results Race 3 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 88 laps
2 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +9.962
3 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +19.994
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore +20.336
5 Nick Percat Holden Commodore +21.042
9 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +36.741
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1 lap

Qualifying for Race 1 – Top 5

1 James Courtney Holden Commodore 1:12.8026
2 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +0.2009
3 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +0.2239
4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.2680
5 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.3044
23 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1.0651

Qualifying for Race 2 – Top 5

1 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1:13.0169
2 Nick Percat Holden Commodore +0.0504
3 Will Davison Mercedes E63 +0.0924
4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.1002
5 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.1015
18 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.4695

Qualifying for Race 3 – Top 5

1 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 1:13.4673
2 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.1045
3 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.1808
4 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +0.2168
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.2509
7 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.2821
21 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.8552
 
Top 10 Shootout – Top 5
 
1 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 1:13.0978
2 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +0.0851
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.0856
4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.2143
5 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +0.3624  
 
Townsville 500 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Townsville Street Circuit
Length: 2850 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:13:4066, Mark Winterbottom, 2012

TV Coverage

Australia:

Championship positions - Top 10
(22/38 races)

1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 1634 points
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1538 (-96)
4 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1361 (-273)
6 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 1355 (-279)
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore 1354 (-280)
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 1352 (-282)
7 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1211 (-423)
8 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 1135 (-499)
9 David Reynolds Ford Falcon 1099 (-535)
10 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 1098 (-536)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 437 (-1197)

Polestar Media Contact

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