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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
 
Johan Meissner
Press Manager
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

Media Contact Polestar

Johan Meissner
Press Manager
Polestar AB
Phone: +46 [0]70 2413234

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:

Polestar Media Contact

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

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
 
Media Contact

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Press Manager
Polestar AB
Phone: +46 [0]70 2413234

01

MAR

Thrilling podium finish for Volvo Polestar Racing in V8SC-debut

Scott McLaughlin secured a strong podium finish in the second ever V8 Supercars race for Volvo Polestar Racing. The young Kiwi thrilled the crowds with a tough last-lap battle with reigning champion Jamie Whincup to take second position in the second race of the 2014 V8 Supercars premiere in Adelaide.
”What an amazing day for Volvo Polestar Racing and GRM. I can’t thank them and the fans enough. I never thought I’d get a trophy here but I did!” said McLaughlin.

The 20-year-old started from second position on the grid and fought hard all through the race with Red Bull Racing Australia driver Whincup. The fight escalated on the last lap with Whincup making a move four corners from the end. The duo ran side by side for three corners, with Whincup getting past going into the last corner. But McLaughlin was able to get back past in the drag race to the finishing line.

”I slowed down too much, I should have blocked Whincup a bit better. But he got me and we went side-by-side and it was pretty good racing. I got him in the end and this is for sure one of my best races ever!” said McLaughlin.

Team mate Robert Dahlgren fought hard in the two first 125 kilometer races of the race weekend in Adelaide to 21st position in race one and 23rd position in race two.

”I am of course not pleased with the results. But to expect to be in the top straight away would just be naive, especially on this track. I had about 15 laps in the dry with this car ahead of this weekend and I’ve driven many times that now. I have made a lot of progress and my aim is of course to climb in the result list,” said Dahlgren.

McLaughlin crossed the line in seventh position in the first race, meaning fourth position in the drivers championship.

”Scott performed an amazing race and to get a podium finish in our very first race weekend is amazing. Just as the results in qualifying yesterday, this exceeds our expectations by far,” said Christian Dahl, owner of Polestar.

Watch the video of the epic fight from today's race: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBCmGCiFuYA 

The 2014 V8 Supercars premiere weekend at Clipsal 500 in Adelaide continues tomorrow with the third and final race of 250 kilometers, starting at 15.15 local time. 

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

Complete results: http://bit.ly/1bnL9Z2

Clipsal 500 Adelaide - V8 Supercars

Circuit: Adelaide Parklands street circuit
Length: 3219 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:21.0507, Jamie Whincup (2012)

Schedule
(Times in UTC +10.5H)

Sunday 2/3
12:00 - Qualifying Race 3
12:35 - Top Ten Shootout
15:15 - Race 3 (78 laps)

TV Coverage

Australia:

Europe:

Sweden:

Webstream:

Polestar Media Contact

Johan Meissner
Press Manager
Polestar AB
Phone: +46 [0]70 2413234

28

FEB

Volvo Polestar Racing claims front row start in V8 Supercars debut

Volvo Polestar Racing driver Scott McLaughlin impressed by securing a front row grid start for the second V8 Supercars race at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide. The young Kiwi was second fastest in the first ever qualifying session for the all-new Volvo S60 Polestar V8SC, just one tenth from pole position-man Craig Lowndes.
”This has been an amazing day, I am really pleased. A huge thanks to everyone in the team and we have an exciting day ahead of us tomorrow,” said McLaughlin.

The 20-year-old was on pace all through practice to the first qualifying session where he was fifth fastest.

Team mate and V8 Supercars newcomer Robert Dahlgren had a tough first ever qualifying run and will start from 21st position in the first race, just over one second from fastest time, and 25th for the second.

”It was a tough first qualifying, I just wasn’t able to get it right. But I never expected it to be easy, this is very different from anything I have driven before. I love it though and I can’t wait for the first race and continue to learn and process new information,” said Dahlgren.

The first race of the weekend starts tomorrow at 16.20 local time with the second race at 17.50, set in twilight conditions.

”The qualifying result well exceeds our expectations. GRM has done a good job with the car and I am pleased with the performance of our engines. Race day tomorrow is of course a whole other deal, but we are very much looking forward to it,” said Christian Dahl, owner of Polestar.
 
 
Qualifying for Race 1 - Top 10

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1:20.5849
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.1518
3 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.2355
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.2463
5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.2501
6 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.2610
7 Todd Kelly Nissan Altima +0.3382
8 Scott Pye Holden Commodore +0.3630
9 Tim Slade Holden Commodore +0.3754
10 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +4743

21 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1.1802

Qualifying for Race 2 - Top 10

1 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 1:20.4155
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.1103
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.1544
4 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +0.2319
5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.2745
6 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG +0.2964
7 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +0.3182
8 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.3580
9 Scott Pye Ford Falcon +0.4053
10 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +0.4375

25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1.3770

Complete results: http://bit.ly/1bnL9Z2

Clipsal 500 Adelaide - V8 Supercars

Circuit: Adelaide Parklands street circuit
Length: 3219 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:21.0507, Jamie Whincup (2012)

Schedule
(Times in UTC +10.5H)

Friday 28/2
10:15 - Practice 1
11:55 - Practice 2
13:40 - Practice 3
15:00 - Qualifying Race 1
15:25 - Qualifying Race 2

Saturday 1/3
13:50 - Practice 4
16:20 - Race 1 (39 laps)
17:50 - Race 2 (39 laps)

Sunday 2/3
12:00 - Qualifying Race 3
12:35 - Top Ten Shootout
15:15 - Race 3 (78 laps)

TV Coverage

Australia:

Polestar Media Contact

Johan Meissner
Press Manager
Polestar AB
Phone: +46 [0]70 2413234

25

FEB

Volvo Polestar Racing ready for 2014 V8 Supercars season start

Volvo Polestar Racing drivers Robert Dahlgren and Scott McLaughlin are set to take on one of the toughest racing championships in the world this weekend: the 2014 V8 Supercars. The season starts with the demanding Clipsal 500 race weekend on the streets of Adelaide, Australia where the drivers race more than 150 laps over three races.
”This is no doubt the biggest challenge of my life. I have a good feeling ahead of the weekend, everyone at Polestar and GRM has done an amazing job so far with the car. My goal for the weekend is to complete all three races and continue to gather data and experience for the remainder of the season,” said Dahlgren, driver of the #34 Volvo S60 Polestar V8 Supercar.

Dahlgren and McLaughlin will represent Volvo with two 650 HP Volvo S60 Polestar V8 Supercars in the championship, facing 23 other drivers from Holden, Ford, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz.

The brand new Volvo race cars and Polestar prepared V8 engines were completed only a couple of weeks ago. With just a single test session completed ahead of this weekend’s season start, a tough challenge lies ahead with a demanding street race in Adelaide with high temperatures both on and off the track.

”The Clipsal 500 is definitely one of the hardest on the calendar. If we get through this weekend, we can get through anything. We have to be realistic in our goals, we have a big task ahead of us to get going with the development phase. I am very much ready for the weekend,” said McLaughlin, driver of the #33 Volvo S60 Polestar V8 Supercar.

The premiere weekend features three races, with two 125 kilometer races on Saturday and a single 250 kilometer race on Sunday. 

The action on track starts on Friday with three practice sessions, followed by two 15 minute qualifying sessions for the first two races of the weekend. Qualifying for the third and final race is held on Sunday, running in two sessions with the final session being a top-ten shootout.

Clipsal 500 Adelaide - V8 Supercars

Circuit: Adelaide Parklands street circuit
Length: 3219 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:21.0507, Jamie Whincup (2012)

Schedule
(Times in UTC +10.5H)

Friday 28/2
10:15 - Practice 1
11:55 - Practice 2
13:40 - Practice 3
15:00 - Qualifying Race 1
15:25 - Qualifying Race 2

Saturday 1/3
13:50 - Practice 4
16:20 - Race 1 (39 laps)
17:50 - Race 2 (39 laps)

Sunday 2/3
12:00 - Qualifying Race 3
12:35 - Top Ten Shootout
15:15 - Race 3 (78 laps)

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Phone: +46 [0]70 241 3234
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