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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

02

JUL

Townsville street race next up for Volvo Polestar Racing

Volvo Polestar Racing and drivers Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren are heading to the Townsville 500 this weekend for a challenging street race. ”I am very much looking forward to Townsville, it is a street race combined with a permanent race track. I think it will suit the car pretty nicely,” said Dahlgren.
The race weekend features a hectic schedule with three qualifying sessions and three races, two of 125 kilometers on Saturday and the final one of 250 kilometers on Sunday.
”It is an awesome event and it is very tough on the body with long races. I am looking forward to race on a street track to really experience the limits,” said McLaughlin.

Townsville marks the second Super Street race format of the year, the first one was the season opener in Adelaide where McLaughlin scored Volvo’s first podium after a spectacular last lap battle with reigning champion Jamie Whincup.
”Our car is very good at street tracks, it was really good on hard tyres at Adelaide earlier this year. I have had some good results on this track in the past as well, so I am looking forward to have a strong race weekend,” said McLaughlin.

McLaughlin is seventh in the drivers’ championship on 1045 points with Shane Van Gisbergen closest to him in sixth position, 66 points ahead.

Townsville 500 – V8 Supercars

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

Schedule
(Times in UTC +10H)

Friday 4/7
10:10 Practice 1 (20 min)
11:40 Practice 2 (20 min)
12:50 Practice 3 (20 min)

Saturday 5/7
10:30 Practice 4 (20 min)
11:40 Qualifying – Race 1 (10 min)
12:00 Qualifying – Race 2 (10 min)
14:15 Race 1 (44 laps)
16:50 Race 2 (44 laps)

Sunday 6/7
11:00 Qualifying – Race 3 (20 min)
12:05 Top 10 Shootout (30 min)
15:55 Race 3 (88 laps)

TV Coverage

Australia:

Championship positions - Top 10
(19/38 races)

1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 1451 points
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 1290 (-161)
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1265 (-286)
4 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1204 (-247)
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore 1120 (-331)
6 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 1111 (-340)
7 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1045 (-406)
8 David Reynolds Ford Falcon 952 (-499)
9 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 914 (-537)
10 Jason Bright Holden Commodore 881 (-570)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 355 (-1096)

Polestar Media Contact

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

24

JUN

Production start of the new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar

The first Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar cars have left the Volvo Torslanda factory plant on their way to customers around the world as production has begun. ”We are very happy to see the first ever complete production cars from Polestar be built in the Volvo factory. It is a satisfying result of many hours of work by the people of Polestar and Volvo behind this,” said Henrik Fries, S/V60 Polestar Technical Project Manager.
The Volvo factory in Torslanda celebrated 50 years recently with a total of over 6.8 million cars having been produced, starting with the Amazon model in 1964 and all the way to the new S60 and V60 Polestar today. The Polestar model also marks the first ever independent partner being introduced to the production process.
”We are delighted to see the first cars leave the factory and it has been an exciting journey together with Polestar to see these cars from the drawing board until the actual finalized product being produced with us on the factory line,” said Magnus Hellsten, VP Car Manufacturing Europe at Volvo Car Corporation.
 
A total of 750 cars will be produced of the S60 and V60 Polestar model this year, heading to customers in Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA.
”It is an exciting process as there are many new and unique Polestar components that needs to work seamlessly in the Volvo factory without interrupting the production of other models. It was a truly proud moment to see the first Polestar blue cars on the production line together with the XCV70, S80 and other models. The cooperation with Volvo works really well and we are looking forward to an exciting future together,” said Fries.
 
The new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar features a thoroughly developed chassis with high performance dampers and brakes which in combination with four-wheel drive and 350 hp from a turbo charged 6-cylinder engine creates a driver’s car for all year.
 
Visit www.nextpolestar.com for more information.

22

JUN

Solid V8 Supercars weekend for Volvo Polestar Racing as championship hits halfway

Volvo Polestar Racing drivers Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren had to fight hard in the V8 Supercars Skycity Triple Crown 400 weekend, which also marked midpoint of the season. McLaughlin scored two top five finishes and qualified second on the grid for the first race, as well as setting the fastest lap of the final race. ”The team gave me a great car and a great strategy for the final race. We didn’t have the pace for the top three in the races, but we are making progress and I am pretty happy,” said McLaughlin.
Team mate Dahlgren’s weekend turned out to be tough with 22nd as best result in qualifying, 18th as best race result and a retirement in the final race due to a stuck throttle.
”I made some mistakes in qualifying unfortunately which cost me a top ten grid position, that was really annoying. I had some hard battles in the first two races and then after the first pitstop in the final race I had a stuck throttle in fifth gear. It was a really tough and long day at the office today,” said Dahlgren.

While not being able to fight for the top three in the first two races, McLaughlin was pleased with the speed of the Volvo S60 Polestar V8SC. The third and final race saw McLaughlin starting on the hard compound tyres which meant a fight-back in the last part of the race, climbing from 13th on the grid to eighth position.
”I was one of the fastest drivers on the older, used hard tyre which was good. Hopefully we can take this knowledge into the next race at Townsville and we will be on it,” said McLaughlin.

The 2014 V8 Supercars season hit halfway this weekend with McLaughlin in seventh position in the drivers’ championship and Volvo Polestar Racing seventh in the teams’ championship.
”The first half of the season has been extremely exciting and has well exceeded our expectations result-wise. The team has done an excellent job with the car and Scott has performed really well in the first 19 races, with our first victory as the highlight. Robert is learning the hard way that this is one of the very toughest championships in the world, but he is slowly but surely making progress. Bring on the second half,” said Christian Dahl, owner of Polestar.

The second half of the V8 Supercars season starts July 4-6 with the Castrol Townsville 500.

Results Race 1 - Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 35 laps
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +4.3544
3 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +4.7986
4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +13.0258
5 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +16.0673
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +45.6192

Results Race 2 - Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 35 laps
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +3.3980
3 Fabian Colthard Holden Commodore +5.8647
4 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +11.5143
5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +12.9071
18 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +32.7773

Results Race 3 - Top 5

1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 69 laps
2 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.5346
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +5.4899
4 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +10.8704
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore +14.8247
8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +27.1742
DNF Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60

Qualifying for Race 1 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1:10.1360
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.0172
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.2461
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.2698
5 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +0.3338
23 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.9602

Qualifying for Race 2 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1:09.8711
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.0995
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.1998
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.3097
5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.3577
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.9446

Qualifying for Race 3 – Top 5

1 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 1:08.7500
2 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.0874
3 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.1322
4 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +0.1365
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.1458
13 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.4248
24 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.9121

Skycity Triple Crown 400 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Hidden Valley Raceway
Length: 2870 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:09.0149, Jason Bright, 1999

TV Coverage

Australia:

Championship positions - Top 10
(19/38 races)

1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 1451 points
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 1290 (-161)
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1265 (-286)
4 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1204 (-247)
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore 1120 (-331)
6 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 1111 (-340)
7 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1045 (-406)
8 David Reynolds Ford Falcon 952 (-499)
9 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 914 (-537)
10 Jason Bright Holden Commodore 881 (-570)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 355 (-1096)

Polestar Media Contact

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

21

JUN

Scott McLaughlin starts Darwin weekend in the top five

Scott McLaughlin started the Skycity Triple Crown 400 Darwin weekend by claiming two top five finishes in the first two races after qualifying strongly. ”Qualifying was awesome and the car has been pretty good in the races so far. I am quite pleased with two top five finishes and hopefully we can push forward for tomorrow,” said McLaughlin.
The Volvo Polestar Racing driver qualified second for the first race, just 0.0172 seconds from pole position but was unable to match the top three drivers in the two races.
”We pulled away from everyone behind us, it was just the front three that got away from us. I caught up with Tander in the second race for fourth position, but it is hard to pass. I had to be careful as I had Frosty right on me. But it has been a good day overall,” said McLaughlin.

Team mate Robert Dahlgren had two tough qualifying sessions with 22nd as best result, a position he improved to 18th in the second race.
”It was not the qualifying I had looked for. I had quite a battle for lower positions in both races. The car was a bit bashed up, but it will be fine and ready to go for the third race. I am looking forward to qualify on the soft tyre tomorrow,” said Dahlgren.

The V8 Supercars weekend in Darwin continues tomorrow with a final qualifying session and a final, longer, race of 200 kilometers.

Results Race 1 - Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 35 laps
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +4.3544
3 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +4.7986
4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +13.0258
5 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +16.0673
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +45.6192

Results Race 2 - Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 35 laps
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +3.3980
3 Fabian Colthard Holden Commodore +5.8647
4 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +11.5143
5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +12.9071
18 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +32.7773

Qualifying for Race 1 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1:10.1360
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.0172
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.2461
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.2698
5 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +0.3338
23 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.9602

Qualifying for Race 2 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1:09.8711
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.0995
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.1998
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.3097
5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.3577
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.9446

Skycity Triple Crown 400 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Hidden Valley Raceway
Length: 2870 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:09.0149, Jason Bright, 1999

Schedule
(Times in UTC +9:30H)

Friday 20/6
11:00 Practice 1 (20 min)
12:45 Practice 2 (20 min)
14:25 Practice 3 (20 min)

Saturday 21/6
11:40 Qualifying – Race 1 (10 min)
12:00 Qualifying – Race 2 (10 min)
14:20 Race 1 (35 laps)
16:30 Race 2 (35 laps)

Sunday 22/6
12:40 Qualifying – Race 3 (20 min)
15:15 Race 3 (69 laps)

TV Coverage

Australia:

Championship positions - Top 10
(18/38 races)

1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 1301 points
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 1236 (-65)
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1165 (-136)
4 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1136 (-165)
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore 1009 (-292)
6 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 973 (-328)
7 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 955 (-346)
8 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 854 (-447)
9 Jason Bright Holden Commodore 836 (-465)
10 David Reynolds Ford Falcon 832 (-469)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 355 (-946)

Polestar Media Contact

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

20

JUN

Volvo V60 Polestar to Goodwood Festival of Speed

The new Volvo V60 Polestar is going to be present at the iconic Goodwood Festival of Speed from June 26th to 29th.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is the largest motoring garden party in the world – a unique summer weekend that brings together an impossibly heady mix of cars, stars and motor sport ‘royalty’ to create the largest car culture event in the world. 

The new Volvo V60 Polestar is going to perform a number of hill runs during the festival, as well as being present in the exhibition area. 

The car features a thoroughly developed chassis with high performance dampers and brakes which in combination with four-wheel drive and 350 hp from a turbo charged 6-cylinder engine creates a driver’s car for all year.
 
British racing driver Anthony Reid, who was a tough competitor for Volvo in the BTCC during the nineties, tested the Volvo at the Goodwood circuit earlier which can be seen in the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs2NrKvqnDQ 

Fore more information about the car, visit www.nextpolestar.com and for more information about the festival, visit http://grrc.goodwood.com/section/festival-of-speed.

18

JUN

Volvo Polestar Racing comes strengthened to Darwin after successful test

Volvo Polestar Racing are heading to the Skycity Triple Crown Darwin this weekend for the seventh V8 Supercars race weekend of 2014. The team comes strengthened after a successful test day two weeks ago. ”The test was really good as it was our first real run outside a race weekend and we made solid progress with the car. Obviously a lot of the other teams have tested as well, but hopefully it all comes together for us this weekend,” said Scott McLaughlin.
The race weekend at Hidden Valley Raceway features three races of which the two on Saturday are of 100 kilometers each while the final race on Sunday is of 200 kilometers.
”We have a challenging and exciting race weekend ahead of us. The long race on Sunday especially with temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius will be tough. The circuit character seems to be a bit more like what I am used to. My aim for the weekend is to run in the top ten,” said Robert Dahlgren.

The 21-year-old McLaughlin claimed Volvo Polestar Racing’s first ever points scoring race last time out and gained on Shane Van Gisbergen who is closest ahead of him in the drivers’ championship, just 21 points ahead.
”I am really looking forward to see what we have got this weekend. I’ve been training pretty hard and done a lot of altitude training, I’m feeling the fittest I’ve ever been. My goal is to continue in the top and keep scoring solid points,” said McLaughlin.

Skycity Triple Crown 400 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Hidden Valley Raceway
Length: 2870 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:09.0149, Jason Bright, 1999

Schedule
(Times in UTC +9:30H)

Friday 20/6
11:00 Practice 1 (20 min)
12:45 Practice 2 (20 min)
14:25 Practice 3 (20 min)

Saturday 21/6
11:40 Qualifying – Race 1 (10 min)
12:00 Qualifying – Race 2 (10 min)
14:20 Race 1 (35 laps)
16:30 Race 2 (35 laps)

Sunday 22/6
12:40 Qualifying – Race 3 (20 min)
15:15 Race 3 (69 laps)

TV Coverage

Australia:

Championship positions - Top 10
(16/38 races)

1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 1199 points
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 1098 (-101)
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1059 (-140)
4 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 986 (-213)
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore 928 (-271)
6 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 861 (-338)
7 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 840 (-359)
8 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 792 (-407)
9 David Reynolds Ford Falcon 757 (-442)
10 Jason Bright Holden Commodore 754 (-445)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 311 (-888)

Polestar Media Contact

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

12

JUN

Jay Leno drives the new Volvo V60 Polestar

Jay Leno got to test the new Volvo V60 Polestar recently and made a visit to the Top Gear track in Britain. ”This is no ordinary Volvo to drive. The Polestar has plenty of power and a lot of torque, but not overwhelmingly so. It feels like a good old-fashioned American V8 and it handled very, very nicely.”
Leno used the V60 Polestar to recreate a 20-year-old stunt called ”The School Run”. The original run came from a letter Leno received from a 12-year-old boy:

“Dear Mr Leno,” it said, “I have told a kind of fib that got me into trouble and now I need your help. I told everybody you were my uncle. And that you and I go driving round in your Lamborghini at weekends. Well, my friends didn’t believe me and started making fun of me. So I wonder if you could help me out. Is there any chance you could maybe pick me up one day and give me a ride to school so all my friends could see that you really are my uncle, even though you’re not?”

Leno gave the boy a ride in a Lamborghini Countach and 20 years later he set out to recreate the school run with the V60 Polestar for two unsuspecting boys, including a hot lap of the Top Gear track.
 
”Cars have moved on a bit since then and, truth be told, this Volvo estate is probably faster round the Dunsfold track than my Countach would have been.” 
 
Watch the video of the run here and read Leno’s review of the V60 Polestar here.
 
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