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29

MAR

Video from Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren's arctic adventure

Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren went to Sweden straight after the V8 Supercars weekend in Melbourne together with Formula 1 where they secured Volvo Polestar Racing's first ever victory in the championship.

The racing drivers visited Volvo's secret test facilities above the polar circle, where driving on ice and snowmobiles were on the schedule, and flew further on to Gothenburg for a visit in the Volvo factory, wind tunnel, Polestar and the Gothenburg City Arena racing circuit.

 

Join the two Volvo Polestar Racing drivers during their arctic adventure in our latest video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvmI9Wb8fvI

29

MAR

Scott McLaughlin climbs the points after first two races in Tasmania

Scott McLaughlin has gained seven places in the drivers’ championship after the first two races of the V8 Supercars weekend in Tasmania. The Volvo Polestar Racing driver finished fifth and fourth, with a spectacular last-lap battle with Craig Lowndes in the second race.
”I had an awesome race with Craig (Lowndes), the fight was hard but fair and fun. We are still struggling a bit with technical issues, but it has still been a pretty good day. There is a lot more to come and we’ll keep pushing on for the third race,” said McLaughlin.

The 20-year-old Kiwi started third in the second race but dropped one position in the start to Fabian Coulthard. 40 laps later and McLaughlin came under hard pressure from Red Bull Racing driver Craig Lowndes. The two went side-by-side on the final lap, making contact in over 180 km/h, and McLaughlin managed to stay ahead to finish fourth, securing vital points for the championship.

Robert Dahlgren secured a new personal best qualifying result for the second race with tenth position. The Swede finished 20th in the first race and 18th in the second race after being turned around on the first lap and having to fight back hard from the back of the field.

”I learned a lot in the first race, my first ever on this circuit. I was hoping for a top ten finish in the second race, but unfortunately I got pushed wide into James (Courtney) and spun. I was basically last after that and made up a few spots during the race, it was pretty intense. My focus is set on tomorrow, hoping for a top ten finish,” said Dahlgren.

The V8 Supercars weekend in Tasmania continues tomorrow with qualifying and a final race of 86 laps, starting at 15:55 local time (05:55 CET).

Race 1 Results – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 42 laps
2 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.8999
3 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +1.3537
4 Russell Ingall Holden Commodore +5.1238
5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +5.3126

20 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +20.0199

Race 2 Results – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 42 laps
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.4875
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +2.2339
4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +3.7159
5 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +3.9191

18 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +12.7183

Qualifying for Race 1 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 0:51.4110
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.0604
3 Russell Ingall Holden Commodore +0.1828
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.2237
5 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.2441

7 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.2705
21 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.5685

Qualifying for Race 2 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 0:51.1439
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.3155
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.3557
4 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.3704
5 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG +0.3735

10 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.4477

TyrePower Tasmania 400 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Symmons Plains
Length: 2410 m
Lap record (V8SC): 0:51.4713, Rick Kelly (2009)
 
Schedule
(Times in UTC +11H)

Friday 28/3
10:10 Practice 1 (20 min)
12:10 Practice 2 (20 min)
14:05 Practice 3 (20 min)

Saturday 29/3
11:30 Qualifying – Race 1
11:50 Qualifying – Race 2
14:35 Race 1 (42 laps)
16:35 Race 2 (42 laps)

Sunday 30/3
11:20 Qualifying – Race 3
15:55 Race 3 (84 laps)

TV Coverage

Australia:
Europe:
Sweden:

Championship positions - Top 10
(5/38 races)

1 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 382 pts
2 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 336 pts (-46)
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 324 pts (-58)
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 322 pts (-60)
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore 297 pts (-85)
6 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 291 pts (-91)
7 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 249 pts (-133)
8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 232 pts (-150)
9 Tim Slade Holden Commodore 224 pts (-158)
10 Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 214 pts (-168)

24 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 86 pts (-296)

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26

MAR

Volvo Polestar Racing to Tasmania for continued championship battle

Volvo Polestar Racing are heading to Tasmania and Symmons Plains for the third V8 Supercars race weekend of 2014. Scott McLaughlin, who won the V8 Supercars weekend with Formula 1 in Melbourne two weeks ago, is aiming to keep in the victory fight.
”I am looking forward to Tassie and I’m aiming to take the feeling from winning in Melbourne with me. I think the Volvo will work well here, it has got pretty long straights and a good flow which ought to suit us,” said McLaughlin.

Tasmania means yet another completely new circuit Robert Dahlgren who made his best so far qualifying in Melbourne, just 0.5 seconds from pole position.

”I can’t wait to go to Tasmania. It seems to be a real driver’s track and looking at last year’s footage, it is going to be close. I think that we have a good car and package for the weekend and I hope to continue climbing the result list,” said Dahlgren.

The race weekend starts with practice on Friday, followed by qualifying and two races of 42 laps each on Saturday. The weekend ends on Sunday with a single qualifying session and a 86-lap race starting at 15:55 local time.

TyrePower Tasmania 400 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Symmons Plains
Length: 2410 m
Lap record (V8SC): 0:51.4713, Rick Kelly (2009)
 
Schedule
(Times in UTC +11H)

Friday 28/3
10:10 Practice 1 (20 min)
12:10 Practice 2 (20 min)
14:05 Practice 3 (20 min)

Saturday 29/3
11:30 Qualifying – Race 1
11:50 Qualifying – Race 2
14:35 Race 1 (42 laps)
16:35 Race 2 (42 laps)

Sunday 30/3
11:20 Qualifying – Race 3
15:55 Race 3 (84 laps)

TV Coverage

Australia:

Championship positions - Top 10
(3/38 races)

1 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 282 pts
2 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 230 pts (-52)
3 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 221 pts (-61)
4 Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 198 pts (-84)
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore 192 pts (-90)
6 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 189 pts (-93)
7 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 174 pts (-108)
8 Tim Slade Holden Commodore 163 pts (-119)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 150 pts (-132)
10 James Moffat Nissan Altima 140 pts (-142)

15 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 117 pts (-165)
24 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 39 pts (-243)

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24

MAR

Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren’s Arctic adventure

Following Volvo Polestar Racing’s historic first V8 Supercars victory at the recent Melbourne Grand Prix, drivers Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren flew direct to one of Volvo’s winter testing bases to drive a number of Polestar-engineered road cars.
Located in Jokkmokk, 10km above the polar circle, the test track is set on a frozen lake with a number of different testing scenarios designed to push Volvos to the limit.

“I know this place very well after years of winter testing Volvo and Polestar road cars here,” said Robert Dahlgren. “So it was great to be able to bring Scott up here – it certainly makes a difference being 20 degrees below freezing compared with the heat of Adelaide and Melbourne.”

For Scott, the trip saw a number of firsts. “I’ve never seen snow before and the coldest place I’ve been to before Jokkmokk is Tassie, so it’s certainly been an eye-opener!” he said. 

“To be part of the road car winter test programme of a global brand like Volvo is awesome. I’ve never driven on studded tyres before, so it was interesting giving it some jandal out there and getting the hang of that while going sideways at 180km/h…”

Part of the programme included final sign-off of the ride characteristics of the next-generation Volvo S60 Polestar, while Dahlgren and McLaughlin also got a taste of a few secret Polestar prototypes currently undergoing development.
 
“Winter testing is an important part of developing any car and Robert has been a vital part of the testing for many years, contributing to the development work of other Volvo models as well, such as the V40,” said Henrik Fries, Volvo S60 Polestar Project Manager.

“To have Robert back and Scott as a new addition to our current development work has been fruitful and we are glad to get their input.”

While in Jokkmokk, Dahlgren was keen to show McLaughlin some long-standing Swedish traditions like sauna-bathing and eating reindeer – and they also found time to fine-tune their handling skills with 100bhp snowmobiles capable of speeds up to 180km/h.

“The snowmobiling was mega,” said McLaughlin. “But the whole week has been awesome – I am just so pumped to get this experience.”

Following Jokkmokk, both drivers flew to Volvo’s global headquarters in Gothenburg to meet senior personnel including Derek Crabb, Head of Powertrain and Executive Motorsport Director of Volvo Cars.


Crabb was who was quick to acknowledge the global recognition of the Volvo Polestar Racing entry into Australia’s V8 Supercars Championship.

“Scott’s results so far in the V8 Supercars Championship have been impressive, and we are looking forward to seeing more of the season, as well as Robert continuing to make progress up through the field,” said Crabb.

A quick trip to the factory floor to see S60s being built was followed by a tour of Polestar’s home base, where the drivers met race technicians and the engine builders of the V8 motor which powers both S60 V8 Supercars.

“To see where a lot of the vital components and effort for our race cars comes from, and be able to thank the Polestar guys in person for all their hard work over the last 12 months, was awesome,” said Scott.

A film of Robert and Scott’s Swedish adventure will be broadcast on V8Xtra on Saturday 29 March as part of Chanel 7’s telecast of the Tyrepower Tasmania 400.

A teaser film can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPZbiFkr--4
Images from the Swedish visit: http://bit.ly/1hdY8cg

21

MAR

Volvo Polestar Racing unveils 2014 STCC program

Volvo Polestar Racing is going to run three Volvo S60 in the 2014 Scandinavian Touring Car Champion. Reigning champion Thed Björk continues the fight for the Swedish title together with triple STCC champion Fredrik Ekblom and Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte who starts his second STCC season. ”The goal for 2014 is to defend the title and we have no doubt a really strong lineup for this year’s challenge. Both Fredrik and Thed have won the title once for Volvo Polestar Racing, the fight between them and the other drivers in the championship is for sure going to be worth seeing this year,” said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director of Volvo Cars.
Björk secured the 2013 STCC title with Volvo Polestar Racing after a record season where he claimed eight of 12 possible victories. His goal for 2014 is unchanged.
”I value the STCC title of last year as one of the absolute best in my career. But with that said, my hunger for new victories has not stopped. My goal is the same as last year, to take the title! But I know that my team mate Fredrik is looking for revenge after last year’s tough season and he is going to be a hard competitor this year,” said Björk.

Ekblom finished fifth overall last year after a tough start to the season. For 2014 he has set his sights on a fourth STCC title.
”I had a bit too much trouble in the early part of the season last year. That is why my lust for revenge is stronger than ever and I have my goal firmly set on the title, there is nothing else for me. Thed had an amazing season last year but there are many drivers wanting to beat him this year, including me,” said Ekblom with a smile.

Last year’s drivers Robert Dahlgren and Linus Ohlsson has left the STCC team for other assignments. Dahlgren races for Volvo Polestar Racing in the Australian V8 Supercars while Ohlsson is going to unveil his program shortly.
”Both Robert and Linus performed really well last year and we wish them the best of luck in their new programs. We have moved Robert to V8 Supercars this year and with that made reallocations of our recourses to have an optimal possibility to do well in both championships,” said Fredrik Wahlén, Team Manager for Volvo Polestar Racing.

Prince Carl Philip starts his seventh racing season overall and his second STCC season this year. He finished 13th in the drivers’ championship last year with seventh as best individual race result.
”My first STCC season was an incredible challenge that I really enjoyed. This year the plan is to take one step further forward and claim more solid top ten finishes. I am looking forward to the season start,” said Prince Carl Philip.

The countdown to the STCC premiere at Knutstorp in the south of Sweden on May 10 has begun, next up is the official test days on the same circuit April 23-25.

Calendar 2014 STCC
 
09-10/05 Knutstorp
06-07/06 Göteborg
11-12/07 Falkenberg
09-10/08 TBA
22-23/08 Knutstorp
05-06/09 Solvalla
19-20/09 Mantorp Park
 
Drivers – Volvo Polestar Racing 2014
 
Thed Björk
Lives: Karlskoga, Sweden
Born: 14 december 1980
Race car: Volvo S60 Polestar STCC
History:
2013 - STCC – Champion
2012 - TTA 3rd
2011 - Camaro Cup – Champion
2009 - STCC 2nd
2008 - STCC 3rd
2006 - STCC – Champion
2005 - STCC 2nd
2003 - GTR Sweden – Champion
2001 - FIA Sportscar SR2 – Champion
1999 - F3 Sweden & Nordic – Champion
 
Fredrik Ekblom
Lives: Kumla, Sweden
Born: 6 oktober 1970
Race car: Volvo S60 Polestar STCC
History:
2012 - TTA – Champion
2011 - STCC 2nd
2010 - STCC 3rd
2008 - STCC 2nd
2008 - Nürburgring 24 Hours Winner S1 Class
2007 - STCC – Champion
2004 - STCC 3rd
2003 - STCC 2nd
2003 - STCC – Champion
1998 - STCC – Champion
1991 - F3000 UK 2nd
1990 - F3 Sverige 2nd
 
Prins Carl Philip Bernadotte
Lives: Stockholm, Sweden
Born: 13 maj 1979
Race Car: Volvo S60 Polestar STCC
History:
2013 - STCC - 13th
2012 - Swedish GT GTB 4th
2011 - Porsche Carrera Cup - 11th
2010 - Porsche GT3 Endurance – Champion
2009 - Porsche Carrera Cup - 15th
2008 - Porsche Carrera Cup - 27th
 
Media Contact
 
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Polestar AB
Phone: +46 [0]70 241 3234

16

MAR

Historic first V8 Supercars victory for Volvo Polestar Racing

Scott McLaughlin entered the history books today as he scored the first V8 Supercars victory for Volvo Polestar Racing in the Australian Grand Prix weekend with Formula 1 in Melbourne. ”This is just unbelievable, something you never forget! The car was fantastic, an awesome day for everyone at GRM and Polestar,” said McLaughlin.
The Volvo Polestar Racing driver crossed the finishing line first after 12 laps to score Volvo’s first racing victory in Australia since 1999, one second ahead of Red Bull Racing driver Craig Lowndes.
”A fantastic effort by Scott and everyone in the team. This has been an amazing journey so far and it is for sure looking bright for the remainder of the season,” said Christian Dahl, owner of Polestar.

The 20-year-old Kiwi started from fourth on the grid and gained one position in the start of the race. He made his way past Shane Van Gisbergen and Fabian Coulthard two laps later and went into a lead he was never to lose.
”We made a few changes overnight and the guys gave me a great car. I could control the race all the way and I am just so stoked,” said McLaughlin.

Team mate Robert Dahlgren started the weekend strongly by qualifying just one position outside the top ten for the first race in eleventh position, five tenths from pole position. The Swede dropped positions in the four races to finish 18th as best with one retirement in the final race due to a damaged rim.
”I’ve had a tough weekend in terms of results. But I’ve had a very good weekend behind the scenes in terms of getting to know the car and moving it forward. I just can’t wait to get to the next race to materialize this,” said Dahlgren.

The Melbourne Formula 1 weekend resulted in the overall points victory for the race, four top five positions, two podium finishes, one fastest lap and a victory for McLaughlin in only the second ever race weekend for the new Volvo S60 Polestar V8SC, sending a message of strength for the coming races of the 2014 season.
”We got to keep pushing, but I definitely think we have got a championship challenger on our hands. I am very much ready for the next race,” said McLaughlin.

The championship continues in two weeks with Tyrepower Tasmania 400.

Race 1 Results – Top 5
1 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 10 laps
2 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +6.1803
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +7.1881
4 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +7.4849
5 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +8.0388

18 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +23.4963

Race 2 Results – Top 5
1 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 12 laps
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.5519
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +1.8593
4 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +2.6717
5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +3.6196

19 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +23.0936

Race 3 Results – Top 5
1 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 12 laps
2 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.500
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.972
4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +5.310
5 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +5.985

19 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +19.442

Race 4 Results – Top 5
1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 12 laps
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +1.0865
3 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +6.6923
4 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +6.5954
5 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +7.3600

DNF Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60

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12

MAR

Volvo Polestar Racing to the F1 premiere in Melbourne

Volvo Polestar Racing heads to the second V8 Supercars race of 2014 this weekend together with the Formula 1 premiere in Melbourne. Scott McLaughlin secured a sensational podium finish in the premiere two weeks ago and is aiming to continue in the top. "We showed that we have the speed to challenge the very top of the field in the premiere and my aim is set to continue in the same style this weekend," said McLaughlin.
The race weekend with Formula 1 comes with a special format of four races, meaning valuable experience for Robert Dahlgren.
"The setup is perfect for me, I need as much time as possible with the car. At the same time, it is going to be an incredible challenge with four tough and short races," said Dahlgren.
 
McLaughlin claimed his first ever V8 Supercars victory in Melbourne last year and describes the circuit as one of his favorites.
"I love the circuit, it suits me and I enjoy the good flow. I am pretty sure that we are going to get a good weekend," said McLaughlin.
 
The race weekend starts on Thursday with two test sessions and qualifying. The first two races are held on Friday, followed by one race on Saturday and the final on Sunday. All races are 30 minutes in length with rolling start. The grid is decided from the result of the previous race, bar the first race grid which is decided through the Thursday qualifying session.
"It is going to be awesome racing on the same weekend as Formula 1. V8 Supercars has got a really strong crowd in Australia and now we are getting a strong international crowd as well. I am really looking forward to the weekend," said Dahlgren. 
 
Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Albert Park
Length: 5027 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:55.9682, Craig Lowndes (2011)
 
Schedule
(Times in UTC +11H)

Thursday 13/3
13:30 Test 1 (30 min)
16:10 Test 2 (30 min)
18:00 Qualifying (30 min)

Friday 14/3
11:00 Race 1 (30 min)
14:25 Race 2 (30 min)

Saturday 15/3
15:20 Race 3 (30 min)

Sunday 16/3
13:15 Race 4 (30 min)

TV Coverage

Australia:

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04

MAR

Introducing the next generation Volvo S60 Polestar for Australia

Volvo Car Australia is delighted to release the next generation Volvo S60 Polestar, developed by Volvo Car Group’s global performance and motorsport partner, Polestar.
  • From race track to road – evolutionary S60 Polestar revealed
  • Brembo performance brakes and gearshift paddles among updates
  • Optimised drivability for all roads and all conditions

The latest incarnation of the Volvo S60 Polestar builds on the strengths of the limited-edition debut model, which was released only in Australia in 2013. The new car was unveiled just after the Clipsal 500, Volvo Polestar Racing’s debut V8 Supercar Championship race in Adelaide.

“We’re pleased to introduce the next incarnation of the Volvo S60 Polestar,” said Matt Braid, Volvo Car Australia Managing Director.

“The luxury sedan segment in Australia is defined by significant performance variants. Following on the from the successful limited-edition run last year in Australia, Volvo decided to introduce unique Polestar variants on the production line for a number of markets.

“As Polestar’s test market, if you like, we are delighted to be at the forefront of Polestar’s global development as a high-performance sub brand.”

The evolution of the S60 Polestar is based on feedback from Australian journalists and customers to the highly-capable debut model with this next generation, model year 2014 version, featuring gearshift paddles, new Brembo brake package and a subtly-revised interior to further distinguish the S60 Polestar as a car at the very top of its game.

The six-cylinder turbo-charged T6 engine has been optimised by Polestar with a bigger turbo, new intercooler, revised engine mapping and racing exhaust to produce 257kW and 500Nm.

The six-speed automatic gearbox has been Polestar-optimised, which means quick-shift gearchanges via the new gearshift paddles. In conjunction with the launch control – and Polestar-optimised Haldex AWD system – the S60 Polestar will accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in just 4.9 seconds, and on to a limited top speed of 250km/h.

Chassis upgrades include modifications to increase rigidity of the chassis, with 80 percent stiffer springs relative to a standard S60 T6 R-Design. These changes combined, with the tailored high-performance Öhlins shock absorbers and 19” Polestar graphite alloy wheels result in a precise, yet comfortable, ride.

The brake system has undergone modifications for this latest incarnation. The S60 Polestar now boasts six-piston Brembo calipers, 370mm ventilated floating discs with high performance pads front and rear, providing superior braking performance with no fade.
To reflect the increased performance of the S60 Polestar, positive aerodynamic effects have been achieved through subtle, yet efficient, modifications based on data from tests in the Volvo Cars wind tunnel. The changes are visible with the front splitters, optimising the airflow underneath the car, as well as a new rear spoiler and diffuser, increasing downforce.

The new S60 Polestar incorporates unique sports seats for comfort during any driving condition. Upholstered in charcoal Nubuck and leather, these are complimented by blue stitching and an embossed Polestar logo.

The next generation Volvo S60 Polestar is proof that cutting-edge race technology fine-tuned for the road, can deliver a refined, assured and highly-entertaining performance car, capable of delivering whatever the weather.

The Volvo S60 Polestar will be available in Australian showrooms from April 2014.

04

MAR

Video: Spectacular fight to Volvo Polestar Racing's first V8SC podium

Feel the adrenaline from the V8 Supercars premiere in Adelaide where Volvo Polestar Racing scored a strong podium finish after a spectacular fight to the very last lap with reigning champions Red Bull Racing.

20-year-old Scott McLaughlin got right into the top of the V8 Supercars field, one of the toughest racing championships in the world, and had a thrilling fight for second position in the race with five-time champion Jamie Whincup.

 

The fight culminated on the very last lap and was decided in the last corner to the joy of the crowd of 80 000 people at the Clipsal 500 race weekend.

 

"What an amazing weekend for Volvo, Polestar and GRM. Everyone has worked so hard for this and I am delighted with the podium finish," said McLaughlin.

 

Join Volvo Polestar Racing all the way through the premiere race weekend in our latest video, don’t forget to give the volume some jandal to get the full experience:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBxnf6N21y4

02

MAR

Strong V8 Supercars debut for Volvo Polestar Racing

Volvo Polestar Racing had as strong V8 Supercars debut weekend at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, Australia. Scott McLaughlin thrilled the crowds in all three races and proved that the pace is there for the very top with a podium finish.
”What an amazing weekend for Volvo Polestar Racing and GRM. Everyone has worked so hard for this and I am delighted with the podium finish,” said McLaughlin.

The 20-year-old started the weekend by qualifying a strong second on the grid for the second race. After a solid seventh in the first race, McLaughlin crossed the line in second position in the second race after an epic last-lap battle with reigning champion Jamie Whincup. Watch a video of the thrilling fight here.

McLaughlin started an impressive charge from tenth on the grid to the top in the third and final 76 lap race. The Kiwi had fought his way to third position as he was forced to retire due to a faulty battery with just eleven laps left.
 
”It was disappointing to retire from a podium position. But we showed strong form overall this weekend and I can’t wait for the next round,” said McLaughlin. 

Robert Dahlgren had a baptism of fire in his first ever V8 Supercars weekend. The Swede finished 21st in the first race, 23rd in the second and retired due to a fractured oil tank in the third race. Dahlgren was nonetheless enthusiastic as the dust settled from the race weekend.

”As a racing driver, the results from this weekend is a disappointment. I won’t be pleased until I am in the top. With this being a completely new championship, new tracks and a new car for me, it will take time. But I have made a lot of progress from this weekend that we can build on and I am so much longing for the next race,” said Dahlgren.

Two top ten finishes, a podium and the speed to match the established top teams is the result for Volvo Polestar Racing after the V8 Supercars premiere in Adelaide.

”This is a race weekend everyone involved at Volvo, Polestar and GRM can be proud of. We had some issues, but that was to be expected of a debut weekend. There is still a lot of work left to be done, but we are looking forward to the coming races with confidence,” said Christian Dahl, owner of Polestar.

V8 Supercars continues in two weeks with the non-championship round at Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

Race 1 Results - Top 10

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 39 laps
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +2.777
3 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +7.842
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +13.906
5 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +19.237
6 Rick Kelly Nissan Altima +24.020
7 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +24.462
8 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +24.749
9 James Courtney Holden Commodore +31.172
10 Scott Pye Ford Falcon +32.804

21 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1 lap

Race 2 Results - Top 10

1 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 39 laps
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +4.7327
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +5.5509
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +14.7951
5 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +15.0202
6 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +15.3238
7 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +15.6715
8 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +24.5559
9 Todd Kelly Nissan Altia +25.2735
10 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG +25.5190 

23 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +48.7873

Race 3 Results - Top 10

1 James Courtney Holden Commodore 76 laps
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.6658
3 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +4.8574
4 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +5.6576
5 Rick Kelly Nissan Altima +5.9071
6 Tim Slade Holden Commodore +6.7950
7 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +7.5678
8 David Wall Ford Falcon +8.5836
9 James Moffat Nissan Altima +10.7529
10 Dale Wood Holden Commodore +32.7045

DNF Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60
DNF Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60
 
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