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05

JUN

Volvo Polestar Racing ready for the battle of Stockholm

Volvo Polestar Racing heads to race in Stockholm for the first time ever this weekend as the second STCC race of 2013 is going to be decided at Solvalla. 20 000 square meters of asphalt has been laid down on the trotting track that has been transformed in to a 1250 meter racing circuit, ready for the 15 fastest drivers in Sweden.

Thed Björk is the best placed Volvo driver in second place of the drivers' championship after a victory in the premiere weekend and the 32-year-old got a first taste of the circuit during a press event at Solvalla earlier this week.

"Solvalla is a very technically aggressive circuit, you have to be prepared to work hard with the car on the circuit. Arena circuits suit my driving style really well and that is why I have got high expectations ahead of the weekend," said Björk.

 

Robert Dahlgren is fourth in the championship ahead of Solvalla and is aiming to improve his second place finish from the premiere race with a victory this weekend.

"Victory is of course my goal. But it is going to be really tough, we have a temporary circuit ahead of us that no one has raced on before with these cars. I think we are going to see some surprises in the result list, but I feel ready and I am really looking forward to the weekend," said Dahlgren.

 

Linus Ohlsson, the youngest driver of the field, secured two fifth place finishes in the premiere after, according to him self, a mistake during qualifying.

"Revenge is the word for me. I had the speed in the premiere, I claimed the second fatest lap of the race, but we didn't get the timing right in qualifying and that is vital. Circuits like Solvalla suits me really well, it is all about getting the qualifying right and if we do that, everything is there for a really strong weekend for me," said Ohlsson.

 

Reigning TTA champion and three-time STCC champion Fredrik Ekblom had a tough start to the season with two sixth place finishes.

"Just as Linus, we didn't get it right in qualifying, but we had the pace in the race and a deeper analysis than that is not needed. Ahead of Solvalla it is all about finding those small things that gains you a hundredth of a second here and there so we can qualify high up. The circuit looks great and I have spoken to other drivers who have raced there before as preparation. My focus is locked on the challenge of the weekend and I am going to give it all," said Ekblom.

 

Prince Carl Philip is not going to take part in the race weekend at Solvalla due to the wedding of Princess Madeleine.

 

The STCC race weekend at Solvalla is decided through one race of 40 minutes. Half of the race weekends of 2013 features the longer race format while the other half of the race weekends features two heats of 20 minutes per weekend. All races gives the same amount of points. 

 

Schedule STCC Solvalla
 
Friday 7/6
14.30 - STCC Test 1
17.00 - STCC Test 2

Saturday 8/6
12.00 - STCC Kval Q1
12.20 - STCC Kval Q2
12.35 - STCC Kval Q3
15.15 - STCC Race

For complete schedule, information, road directions, tickets and more:

TV-schedule Solvalla
 
14.30 - SVT 2

Info and statistics Solvalla

Length: 1250 m 
Lap record STCC: 0:52.032 (Stureson, 2012)
Most wins drivers: 2 (Kristoffersson)
Most wins manufacturers: 2 (Volkswagen)

Calendar STCC 2013
 
04/05 Knutstorp** 
08/06 Solvalla*
29/06 Göteborg*
13/07 Falkenberg**
10/08 Östersund*
24/08 Karlskoga**
07/09 Tierp Arena*
21/09 Mantorp Park**

* = One race
** = Two races

Team Line-up 2013
 
Volvo Polestar Racing
#11 Fredrik Ekblom
#12 Thed Björk 
 
Volvo Polestar Performance
#14 Robert Dahlgren
#15 Linus Ohlsson 
 
Volvo Polestar
#13 Carl Philip Bernadotte

Media Contact

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

Web: http://www.polestar.com    

06

MAY

Video from the STCC season opener with Volvo Polestar Racing

Volvo Polestar Racing came victorious from the first STCC weekend of 2013 thanks to Thed Björk's lightning fast start in the second race where he despite hard pressure from BMW's Richard Göransson claimed the victory.

The premiere offered exciting racing in both of the 20 minute sprint races. Robert Dahlgren claimed the team's second podium finish during the premiere weekend with a strong second place in the first race and Volvo is second overall in the manufacturers' championship, just 10 points from leading BMW.

 

Björk is best placed in the drivers' championship on second place, just eight points from leading Göransson, and Dahlgren is second best Volvo driver in fourth position.

 

The STCC season continues in one month on the Solvalla circuit in the Swedish capital Stockholm on June 8th.

 

Video from the STCC premiere: Link

04

MAY

Victory in the STCC premiere for Volvo Polestar Racing

Thed Björk secured the first victory of the year for Volvo Polestar Racing in the STCC premiere at Knutstorp in the south of Sweden. "A wonderful victory! The balance of the car was so good in the second race, a big thanks to the team and what a great start to the season," said Björk.

Björk started from second on the grid in the second race and was thanks to a lightning fast start able to take the lead in to the first corner. BMW driver Richard Göransson, who won the first race of the weekend, put hard pressure on Björk who was able to keep the lead for all 20 laps of the race.

"Göransson was closing in, but I was able to respond to that and pull up a new gap. He was never close enough after that," said Björk.

 

Fourth position in the first race and victory in the second means that Björk is second in the championship standings on 39 points, eight points behind leading Göransson.

 

Robert Dahlgren was second best Volvo driver with fourth position in the first race and a strong second in the first race of the premiere weekend.

"The podium finish in the first race was great. It has been a solid start to the season. We know what we need to work on for the next race in order to fight for the victory," said Dahlgren.

 

22-year-old Linus Ohlsson had a solid start to the season as well with two fifth positions from the two races at Knutstorp.

"We got the car good for the races, but we lack some speed in qualifying. But it has been an okay weekend overall, but I am not pleased until I am on top of the podium and that is what we are working for to Solvalla," said Ohlsson.

 

A man not pleased with the first race of 2013 was reigning champion Fredrik Ekblom who left Knutstorp with two sixth positions.

"We had problems in qualifying that unfortunately followed us for both races. But for my worst ever race weekend in these cars, two sixth positions is okay. And the positive thing is that we know what needs to be done in order to find those last tenths needed for the very top. I am fully focused on the next race!" said Ekblom. 

 

Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte had an eventful first ever STCC race weekend with 13th position in the first race and a best lap time which was eighth fastest overall.

"It has been a good debut STCC weekend for me. I made some unnecessary mistakes, but the positive thing is that I got proof that I have the speed for top ten and that is something I am really glad over," said Prince Carl Philip.

 

The first race STCC race weekend of 2013 means second position in the drivers' championship for Björk, eight points from the lead, and second position for Volvo in the manufacturers' championship, ten points from the lead.

"The first race weekend of 2013 can for sure be summarized as really good for Volvo Polestar Racing. Björk made an amazing job in the second race and the hard fight with BMW bodes well for the rest of the season," said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director of Volvo Cars.

 

The STCC season continues at Solvalla in the Swedish capital Stockholm on the 8th of June.

 

 Results - Race 1 - Knutstorp


1 Richard Göransson BMW SR 20 laps
2 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +9.786
3 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR +12.853
4 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +13.196
5 Linus Ohlsson Volvo S60 +13.939
6 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +14.172
7 Robin Rudholm BMW SR +17.745
8 Jocke Mangs Citroën C5 +24.912
9 Daniel Haglöf Saab 9-3 +32.050
10 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +33.000
11 Roar Lindland Saab 9-3 +36.147
12 Niclas Olsson Citroën C5 +39.090
13 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +41.069
14 Alexander Graff Saab 9-3 +45.348
15 Tomas Engström Honda Civic +1:00.935

Results - Race 2 - Knutstorp

1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 20 laps
2 Richard Göransson BMW SR +0.878
3 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR +7.977
4 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +9.561
5 Linus Ohlsson Volvo S60 +10.224
6 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +10.473
7 Robin Rudholm BMW SR +13.416
8 Jocke Mangs Citroën C5 +21.161
9 Daniel Haglöf Saab 9-3 +28.587
10 Niclas Olsson Citroën C5 +29.058
11 Alexander Graff Saab 9-3 +30.701
12 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +39.808
13 Tomas Engström Honda Civic +41.071
14 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +1 lap
15 Roar Lindland Saab 9-3 DNF

Drivers' Championship

47 Richard Göransson
39 Thed Björk
34 Fredrik Larsson
32 Robert Dahlgren
20 Linus Ohlsson
16 Fredrik Ekblom
12 Robin Rudholm
8 Jocke Mangs
4 Daniel Haglöf
1 Niclas Olsson
1 Mattias Andersson

Manufacturers' Championship

81 BMW
71 Volvo
28 Citroën
24 Saab
8 Dacia
2 Honda

TV Coverage


Calendar STCC 2013

04/05 Knutstorp** 
08/06 Solvalla*
29/06 Göteborg*
13/07 Falkenberg**
10/08 Östersund*
24/08 Karlskoga**
07/09 Tierp Arena*
21/09 Mantorp Park**

* = One race
** = Two races

Media Contact

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

04

MAY

Thed Björk and Robert Dahlgren fastest Volvo drivers in STCC qualifying

Thed Björk and Robert Dahlgren were fastest Volvo Polestar Racing drivers in the first STCC qualifying session of the year at Knutstorp. Dahlgren is going to start second in the first race and Björk second in the second race. "I am quite pleased with the qualifying results. The speed is there, but we missed on some details. But we have a good spot for both races and I am confident to be able to fight for the win," said Thed Björk.
Dahlgren was about two tenths from best time in the first qualifying session which decides the grid for the first race.
"The first session went really well, while we missed a bit in the final Q3 session. The pace is there and I am confident for the races," said Dahlgren.
 
Linus Ohlsson is going to start fifth in both races with fastest lap times which were about three tenths from the fastest time. 
"I am not that pleased, I had some traffic on my fastest laps. Fifth in both races is okay, but I wanted more," said Ohlsson.
 
Reigning champion Fredrik Ekblom had a tough qualifying session with seventh position on the grid for both races. 
"I had some problems with the car, but I need to find some more pace. Now it is all about putting my head down in the races and push hard to advance in the order," said Ekblom.
 
STCC newcomer Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte was just 71 thousands of a second from making it on to Q2 and is going to start 11th in both races. 
"I was just 71 thousands of a second from making it to Q2. So for my first ever STCC qualifying session, I have to say that it went all right and I look forward to the first race," said Bernadotte.

Grid for Race 1:

1 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR 57.695
2 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.228
3 Richard Göransson BMW SR +0.241
4 Jocke Mangs Citroën C5 +0.299
5 Linus Ohlsson Volvo S60 +0.337
6 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +0.384
7 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +0.454
8 Robin Rudholm BMW SR +0.641
9 Daniel Haglöf Saab 9-3 +1.251
10 Niclas Olsson Citroën C5 +1.351
11 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +1.422
12 Alexander Graff Saab 9-3 +1.865
13 Roar Lindland Saab 9-3 +1.973
14 Tomas Engström Honda Civic +5.634
15 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE

Grid for Race 2:

1 Richard Göransson BMW SR 57.496
2 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +0.160
3 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR +0.299
4 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.431
5 Linus Ohlsson Volvo S60 +0.441
6 Robin Rudholm BMW SR
7 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60
8 Jocke Mangs Citroën C5
9 Daniel Haglöf Saab 9-3
10 Niclas Olsson Citroën C5
11 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60
12 Alexander Graff Saab 9-3
13 Roar Lindland Saab 9-3
14 Tomas Engström Honda Civic
15 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE
 
Both races are broadcasted live at www.svtplay.se and in SVT1.
Follow the races with live timing at http://www.motorsport-events.se/racemonstcc1/ and live-audio at mms://193.12.247.35/stcc. 

03

MAY

Volvo Polestar Racing in the top of first STCC tests at Knutstorp

Volvo Polestar Racing was in the very top of the first tests of the STCC premiere weekend. Thed Björk was second fastest overall and best Volvo driver. "I am for sure pleased, but it is really close in the top. We have tested some new stuff and I think we are in good shape for the qualifying session of tomorrow," said Björk.

Two test sessions of 30 minutes each were held during the Friday where the lap times of the second test was about half a second slower compared to the first, as the drivers were on used tyres. Linus Ohlsson was fastest Volvo driver in the second session with third fastest time overall.

"I am a bit surprised that I was third fastest in the second test as it didn't feel perfect. But it has been two good sessions overall and I think we can fight for pole position tomorrow," said Ohlsson.

 

Robert Dahlgren was second fastest Volvo driver and third fastest overall from the two test session and the 33-year-old was pleased.

"It's awesome that the premiere is finally here. We have a lot of work ahead of us to analyze the tests of today ahead of the qualifying tomorrow. But I know that there is more speed in me and I am confident to fight for the top in the qualifying session," said Dahlgren.

 

Reigning champion Fredrik Ekblom was fifth fastest overall, just about two tenths from the top.

"We are continuing our test work, I think we have a strong base setup. As usual, one shouldn't make too much out of the positions from testing. Qualifying is tomorrow and that is when it matters. I am ready," said Ekblom.

 

Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte was 13th fastest overall and summarized the day as good after the two test sessions.

"We got the car working a lot better for the second session and I am really looking forward to the races tomorrow," said Prince Carl Philip.

 

Tomorrow starts with qualifying at 09.00 CET where the session is divided in to three different elimination stages: Q1, Q2 and Q3. All cars take part in Q1 (15 minutes), which also decides the grid for the second race of the weekend. The ten fastest cars goes on to Q2 (10 minutes) and finally the top five drivers from Q2 decide the top five positions for the first race of the weekend in Q3 (5 minutes).

 

The first race starts at 12.40 CET, with the second race at 15.30 CET and both races are of 20 minutes.

 

Test 1 - Knutstorp


1 Richard Göransson BMW SR 57.855
2 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +0.118
3 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.191
4 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR +0.216
5 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +0.233
6 Linus Ohlsson Volvo S60 +0.316
7 Robin Rudholm BMW SR +0.444
8 Jocke Mangs Citroën C5 +0.616
9 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +0.644
10 Roar Lindland Saab 9-3 +1.002
11 Alexander Graff Saab 9-3 +1.050
12 Daniel Haglöf Saab 9-3 +1.493
13 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +1.595
14 Niclas Olsson Citroën C5 +2.130
15 Tomas Engström Honda Civic +3.639

Test 2 - Knutstorp

1 Richard Göransson BMW SR 58.286
2 Jocke Mangs Citroën C5 +0.106
3 Linus Ohlsson Volvo S60 +0.318
4 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +0.357
5 Robin Rudholm BMW SR +0.364
6 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR +0.377
7 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.423
8 Niclas Olsson Citroën C5 +0.486
9 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +0.564
10 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +0.834
11 Alexander Graff Saab 9-3 +1.161
12 Daniel Haglöf Saab 9-3 +1.547
13 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +1.561
14 Roar Lindland Saab 9-3 +2.531
15 Tomas Engström Honda Civic +3.473

01

MAY

Volvo Polestar Racing fields strongest ever team ahead of 2013 STCC premiere

Volvo Polestar Racing faces the 2013 STCC premiere at Knutstorp in the south of Sweden this weekend with the strongest ever team in the 17-year history of the championship. The five Volvo drivers together represent four Swedish titles, 55 STCC victories and 156 podium finishes.
"We are well prepared for one of the strongest fields in the history of the championship with our driver line-up. We are looking forward to a tough and exciting season with a clear goal: The 2013 STCC title," said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director of Volvo Cars.
 
Fredrik Ekblom, who secured the TTA title last year after an exceptional season, is one of Sweden's most experienced and successful drivers, this year chasing a fourth STCC title.
"The best cocktail you can mix for a good result is experience and motivation. The motivation goes down with experience often, but not for me. I have a strong passion and desire ahead of this season. The team provides me with a lot of motivation and I am with no doubt going for a new STCC title this year," said Ekblom.

Another Polestar driver with a lot of experience is Robert Dahlgren, this year celebrating 10 years with Volvo. Dahlgren had one of his toughest seasons ever last year, but the Swede says he uses that as fuel.
"Last year was a disappointment regarding my results, but I am using that as fuel for this season. I have never before worked out as hard as I have during this winter and I had straight away a completely different feeling in my driving during the first test of the year, where I was fastest overall as well. I am always racing for victory and nothing else," said Dahlgren.

Volvo competes with three teams in this year's STCC: Volvo Polestar Racing, Volvo Polestar Performance and Volvo Polestar. The fight internally between the teams is expected to be just as hard as with the other teams, something Thed Björk, who races with Ekblom for team Volvo Polestar Racing, confirms.
"I had a very strong finish to the season last year and I am going to continue that now! The internal fight is of course going to be hard, but I had a really good cooperation with Ekblom in 2012 and we'll see this year who is going to help who," said Björk with a smile.

Linus Ohlsson and Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte represent the new Volvo Polestar talents for this season. 22-year-old Ohlsson had an exceptional season last year where he was the sole driver able to challenge Ekblom for the title. Prince Carl Philip impressed during the pre-season testing at Knutstorp where he made a lot of progress with his lap times in what was his first ever laps in Polestar's Volvo S60 STCC.
"This year is for sure going to be tougher than last year. More or less all drivers of the championship have the capacity to fight for victories. I am very pleased with the pre-season testing, we got to test everything we needed and we are able to focus on fine tuning this weekend at Knutstorp. I am aiming to be in the victory fight this weekend," said Ohlsson.
"This weekend means my STCC debut and something completely new for me. In terms of expectations, it is all about gaining experience for me. My goal is to have a stable first STCC race weekend and build for future races. I am really looking forward to the weekend," said Prince Carl Philip.

The season premiere at Knutstorp starts with two test sessions on Friday, followed by qualifying and two races on Saturday. Join Volvo Polestar Racing for the preparations ahead of the season in a video from the official test days:

 
Schedule 2013 STCC premiere Knutstorp 
 
Friday 3/5
15.00 - STCC Test 1
17.20 - STCC Test 2

Saturday 4/5
09.00 - STCC Kval Q1
09.20 - STCC Kval Q2
03.35 - STCC Kval Q3
12.40 - STCC Race 1
15.30 - STCC Race 2

TV-schedule Knutstorp
 
14.00 - SVT 1

Info and statistics Knutstorp
 
Length: 2079 m 
Lap record STCC: 1:00.492 (Kristoffersson, 2002)
Fastest lap time in 2013: 57.834 (Dahlgren)
Most victories drivers: 8 (Flash, Göransson)
Most victories manufacturers: 15 (Volvo)

Calendar STCC 2013
 
04/05 Knutstorp** 
08/06 Solvalla*
29/06 Göteborg*
13/07 Falkenberg**
10/08 Östersund*
24/08 Karlskoga**
07/09 Tierp Arena*
21/09 Mantorp Park**

* = One race
** = Two races

Team Line-up 2013
 
Volvo Polestar Racing
#11 Fredrik Ekblom
#12 Thed Björk 
 
Volvo Polestar Performance
#14 Robert Dahlgren
#15 Linus Ohlsson 
 
Volvo Polestar
#13 Carl Philip Bernadotte
 
Media Contact 
 
Johan Meissner
Press Manager
Polestar AB
Phone: +46 [0]70 241 3234

30

APR

Video: Volvo S60 Polestar - The Journey

The world-first production Polestar model is here: the Volvo S60 Polestar, a car Polestar has spent thousands of hours and kilometers on developing and refining.
Follow Polestar racing and development driver Robert Dahlgren in a 4000 kilometer journey from Barcelona, Spain, to Jokkmokk, Sweden, in the final stages of the development of the Volvo S60 Polestar.

26

APR

Robert Dahlgren celebrates 10 years with Volvo Polestar Racing

Robert Dahlgren celebrates 10 years with Volvo Polestar Racing ahead of this season and becomes the longest contracted Volvo factory driver in the world. "Volvo and Polestar have made my dream from when I was a kid come true, to do the thing that I love on full time - compete in racing," said Dahlgren.

Dahlgren started his professional racing career 20 years and has raced successfully in international single seaters with the British Formula Ford title, among other things.

"I have raced for as long as I can remember. I started at the age of nine with gokarts, I raced internationally at the age of 13 and I moved to England where I claimed the Formula Ford title in 2001. When I got the offer from Volvo to go touring car racing at the end of 2003, I couldn't say no," said Dahlgren.

 

Dahlgren completed his first season for Volvo in 2004 and started it in style by becoming one of the few drivers to win his first ever STCC race.

"That is one of my top highlights of my career, I couldn't have dreamt of a start like that before," said Dahlgren.

 

To celebrate his 10-year anniversary, the 33-year-old has got a new racing helmet for the 2013 season with a unique design.

"I have got a new helmet where Volvo and Polestar are highlighted a lot more, both in text and colors, to show my appreciation on the opportunities they have given me," said Dahlgren.

 

Dahlgren is also a big part in the development work of racing cars and streetcars for Volvo and Polestar alongside his racing.

"There has never been any doubt on that Robert is extremely fast on a racing circuit, that's why it is really great that things have worked so well with him in the development work of new cars as well. He is an important resource in our two main areas: racing and performance," said Christian Dahl, owner of Polestar.

 

The 33-year-old was an integral part of Polestar's first in-house developed racing car, the Volvo C30 S2000, the C30 and S60 concept cars and most recently the first production car of Polestar: the S60 Polestar.

"It has been an awesome journey to be a part in the development of all these cars. I am really happy over the trust Volvo and Polestar have given me. The development work is a part of my work that I am really passionate about, alongside my racing. Our latest project with the S60 Polestar is extra exciting, we have developed a car just the way we want it, with our experience from motorsport, which is available to our customers. That promises for a very exciting future with Polestar," said Dahlgren.

 

During the 10 years with Volvo, Dahlgren has claimed 17 victories, 39 podium finishes and 35 pole positions, more than any other driver in the STCC. The Swede has also been a part of four STCC team titles for Volvo Polestar Racing while the first STCC drivers' title is yet to be claimed.

"I have been really close several times, but it feels different this year. I have worked really hard with my physical training during the winter, I am in the best shape of my life and I got a perfect start to the year after I was fastest on the official pre-season testing at Knutstorp. There is only one goal this year and that is the drivers' title, the conditions are there for it and I am ready," said Dahlgren.

 

Dahlgren's tenth season starts next weekend during the 2013 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship season start on the 3-4th of May at Kntustorp in the south of Sweden. 

 

Facts - Robert Dahlgren

 
Age: 33 år
Lives: Skellefteå, Sweden
Drives: Volvo XC60
Races: Volvo S60 STCC
Seasons with Volvo: 10
Drivers' titles with Volvo: 1 (STC Cup 2010)
Teams' titles with Volvo: 5
STCC races: 96
STCC Victores: 17
STCC Podiums: 39
STCC Pole positions: 35 (6 more than any other STCC driver)
Number of racing laps in STCC: 1900

 

22

APR

Video: Preview of the 2013 STCC with Volvo Polestar Racing

Join Volvo Polestar Racing during the first official test at Knutstorp in Sweden for a preview of the coming 2013 season of the Scandiavian Touring Car Championship (STCC).

Volvo driver Robert Dahlgren was fastest of all drivers after the three test days, closely followed, amongst others, by reigning champion and manufacturer colleague Fredrik Ekblom.

 

The STCC season starts on May 4th at Knutstorp in the south of Sweden.

 

Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In67tC3TAII

18

APR

Volvo Polestar Racing fastest ahead of 2013 STCC

Volvo Polestar Racing was fastest in the official STCC pre-season test which was held during three days at Knutstorp. Robert Dahlgren posted the fastest laptime overall with 57.834 seconds. "I have got the best possible start to the year, the fast times came without effort. I am in the top to stay for the rest of the season," said Dahlgren.
Reigning champion Fredrik Ekblom was third fastest overall and second best Volvo driver in a record close test where the top seven drivers were within three tenths.
"The test days have been frustrating at some points, surprising at some points, great fun at some points, but overall really good. The coming weeks ahead of the season start is all about analyzing the test data together with our engineer Jan Andersson to find a real 'killer setup'," said Ekblom.
 
Thed Björk, who ended last year's season on a high, was third best Volvo driver with sixth fastest time overall.
"I was fastest in the morning session of the final test day and we tested a lot of other stuff after that. I am pleased overall but I would have liked more than three test days. I can't wait for the season to start on the fourth of May," said Björk.
 
22-year-old Volvo newcomer Linus Ohlsson was a mere 33 thousands of a second behind Björk with seventh fastest time overall.
"We have made a lot of progress during the test days, but I am not pleased yet. There is more to do and I am going to work hard with the team ahead of the season start to analyze the data we have gathered," said Ohlsson.
 
Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte has worked with a steep learning curve during the three test days at Knutstorp which ment his first ever laps in Volvo Polestar Racing's S60. The Prince improved his best lap time with one second from the first test day to the last.
"My impressions from the test days are many. We have taken a couple of important steps forward, but there is still a lot to do. The car is great fun to drive and I feel at home with the team," said Prince Carl Philip.
 
Watch Volvo Polestar Racing's video from the test: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In67tC3TAII 
 
Knutstorp STCC-test - Day 1-3 Combined

1 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 57.834
2 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR 57.898
3 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 57.925
4 Richard Göransson BMW SR 57.983
5 Jocke Mangs Citroën C5 58.077
6 Thed Björk Volvo S60 58.140
7 Linus Ohlsson Volvo S60 58.173
8 Robin Rudholm BMW SR 58.313
9 Roar Lindland Saab 9-3 58.317
10 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE 58.318
11 Alexander Graff Saab 9-3 58.412
12 Daniel Haglöf Saab 9-3 58.521
13 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 59.235
14 Niclas Olsson Citroën C5 59.350
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