Noticias

 

07

MAY

New challenges awaits Volvo Polestar Racing in STCC season start

The 2014 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship season starts this weekend and reigning champions Volvo Polestar Racing are ready for the challenges with drivers Thed Björk, Fredrik Ekblom and Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte. ”Volvo Polestar Racing are ready for the 2014 STCC that has gone through one of the biggest changes in the history of the championship in terms of drivers. Our three drivers are going to face new and young drivers and teams this year. The challenge is great, but we have strong confidence in our line-up and the goal is crystal clear: the 2014 STCC title,” said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director of Volvo Cars.
Thed Björk is the reigning STCC champion after an exceptional season last year with eight out of 12 victories. The 33-year-old is aiming to become the first driver in nine years to take a second consecutive STCC title.
 
”My goal is to take a second straight title this year. There are many talking about the regulation changes and that you have to drive differently to take the title. Not for me, it is all about being fastest and my strategy is clear. The challenge is going to be tough of course, but I have the goal set to carry the feeling from last year and to fight for victories from the season start to the season finale,” said Björk.

The regulations for qualifying and races have changed for this year where all race weekends consists of two races of 20 minutes each compared to last year where half of the race weekends had a single race of 40 minutes.

New for 2014 is also the introduction of reversed grid which is connected to the new qualifying system. Two qualifying sessions will be held, Q1 and Super Pole. The eight fastest drivers of Q1 goes on to the Super Pole which decides the grid for the second race of the weekend. The grid for the first race is decided by reversing the top ten drivers of the Q1 session, meaning that the tenth fastest driver starts from pole and the fastest driver starts from tenth position. Another change is that points are awarded to the top ten drivers of the Q1 session.

Triple STCC champion Fredrik Ekblom is like Björk unfazed by the changes in regulations and is focusing on his burning desire for revenge after a troublesome 2013 season.
 
”The changes in regulations are of course going to mean different conditions and a different strategy in some situations. But in the end it is all about being fastest and to score points consistently. Last year was a disappointment for me, the speed was there but I had no luck. We are going to turn that around this year and I am going for the title, there is nothing else,” said Ekblom.

Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte starts his second ever STCC season and hopes to take a step forward in terms of speed and consistency.
 
”I have many good memories from last year, the season start at Knutstorp was very special for me to race on the top level and meet the very best racing drivers in Sweden. A couple of races after that and I scored my so far best result with seventh at Falkenberg, a memory I hold dearly. For this year I am aiming to continue to build experience and take a step forward in terms of result with more consistent top ten finishes,” said Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte.

The first STCC weekend of six in 2014 starts this weekend with testing and qualifying on Friday, followed by two races on Saturday.

STCC Herex Race Day Ring Knutstorp – STCC

Circuit: Knutstorp
Length: 2079 m
Lap record (STCC): 0:58.414, Richard Göransson (2013)
 
Schedule
(Times in CET)

Friday 9/5
10:20 – Test 1 (30 min)
11:30 – Test 2 (30 min)
13:25 – Q1 (15 min)
13:45 – Q2 (20 min)

Saturday 10/5
12:10 – Race 1 (25 min)
14:05 – Race 2 (25 min)

TV Coverage

Sweden/Europe:
Both races live at www.svtplay.se
Highlights in SVT2 at 18.00 CET on Saturday 7/5

2014 STCC Calendar

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

Polestar Media Contact

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

02

MAY

Volvo S60 & V60 Polestar international press drives

Journalists from England, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA have been in southern Sweden to test drive the new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar.
Polestar has completed close to three weeks of international press drives in the south of Sweden where journalists got to thoroughly test the new cars on a wide variation of road types, as well as a visit to the Knutstorp racing circuit.

Below follows a selection of the so far published articles from the test drives:
 
Road & Track
”The suspension is magical, grip is abundant, and there's plenty of bite from the big 6-piston Brembo front brakes.”

Autoblog
”Yes, this might be considered Volvo showing quite a bit of cheek, but we think that's exactly what it should be doing when it can do so like this.”

MSN Cars
”We like this car. We like it a lot. And what’s especially great about the V60 Polestar is that it very much goes its own way, rather than chasing after the German opposition.”

Evo
”The quality of the damping shines brightly right from the offset and the Polestar can be fired over a winding, lumpen stretch of road with total confidence and precision.”

Car Magazine
”One thing is certain: it’s the best Volvo estate ever built.”

27

APR

Best so far V8 Supercars weekend for Volvo Polestar Racing

Volvo Polestar Racing driver Scott McLaughlin claimed his best so far V8 Supercars weekend this year at Pukekohe in New Zealand with two pole positions and two podium finishes. ”This weekend has been really good and I am very pleased, we got two poles and two vital podium finishes with us,” said McLaughlin.
The 20-year-old Kiwi improved his pace all weekend with eighth position in the first race and sixth in the second. The Volvo S60 driver then claimed pole position for both the third and fourth race, resulting in third position in the third race and a strong second position in the fourth and final race of 69 laps.

”The car was good in the final race, but a bit too gripped up in the first stint, so I knew that we would lose a bit of time and I lost the lead to Mark Winterbottom,” said McLaughlin.

The solid points haul from the four races has jumped McLaughlin from tenth to seventh position in the drivers’ championship behind reigning champion Jamie Whincup in sixth position.

”We couldn’t ask for a better weekend apart from winning. We have found some really good things on the car and we are not far away from that first Volvo win. We are going to keep pushing on,” said McLaughlin.

Team mate Robert Dahlgren had a tough weekend at Pukekohe, facing one of the toughest race schedules of the calendar with four qualifying sessions and four races with just a single 30 minute practice session to learn the track.

The Swede retired from one of the races due to technical problems and had 21st position as best result in the other three races.

”I was five tenths of a second from pole in qualifying for the last race, the field is really close. I was confident for the final race, we had made some changes to the car. But unfortunately I spun and lost a lot of time. I had a strong pace after that though, matching the top five in lap times. So while the results doesn’t show it, I feel that we have made a big step forward and I am looking forward to Perth,” said Dahlgren.

The V8 Supercars continues in three weeks with the Perth 400 at Barbagallo Raceway on May 16-18.

”The team has done a solid job all weekend and we are pleased to see Scott climbing the championship table with two strong podium finishes. Result and performance wise I think we are right where we want to be this early in the championship and we have an interesting remainder of the season to come,” said Christian Dahl, owner of Polestar.

Race 1 Results – Top 5

1 Jason Bright Holden Commodore 33 laps
2 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +1.6796
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +4.8554
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore +5.5961
5 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG +6.1556

8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +13.8858
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +37.4217

Race 2 Results – Top 5

1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 35 laps
2 James Courtney Holden Commodore +1.9508
3 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +5.2519
4 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +6.7886
5 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +9.3911
6 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +9.3911

DNF Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60

Race 3 Results – Top 5

1 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 35 laps
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.2896
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +7.4696
4 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +7.6686
5 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +10.0567

21 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +35.7751

Race 4 Results – Top 5

1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 69 laps
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +6.9807
3 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +16.8806
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +23.5120
5 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +25.2493

23 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1 lap

Qualifying for Race 1 – Top 5

1 Jason Bright Holden Commodore 1:03.1962
2 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.0752
3 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.0780
4 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.0921
5 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG +0.1205

7 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.1486
23 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.7797

Qualifying for Race 2 – Top 5

1 James Courtney Holden Commodore 1:03.0638
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.0180
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.1287
4 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +0.1849
5 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.2009

24 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.9228

Qualifying for Race 3 – Top 5

1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:03.0438
2 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.0562
3 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.1086
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.1567
5 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +0.1680

20 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.6678

Qualifying for Race 4 – Top 5

1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:02.9914
2 Tim Slade Holden Commodore +0.0580
3 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.0672
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.1083
5 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +0.1234

21 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.5555
 
ITM 500 Auckland – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Pukekohe Park Raceway
Length: 2910 m
Lap record (V8SC): 0:56.0781, Greg Murphy 2005

TV Coverage

Australia:

Championship positions - Top 10
(13/38 races)

1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 941 points
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 834 (-107)
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 824 (-117)
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore 781 (-160)
5 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 777 (-164)
6 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 775 (-166)
7 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 651 (-290)
8 David Reynolds Ford Falcon 592 (-349)
9 Jason Bright Holden Commodore 592 (-349)
10 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 572 (-369)

25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 237 (-704)

Polestar Media Contact

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

26

APR

Scott McLaughlin starts New Zealand weekend strongly

Scott McLaughlin has started the V8 Supercars weekend in New Zealand at the ITM 500 Auckland strongly with a pole position and a podium finish from the first three races. ”To get pole position and a podium was fantastic. I got good points to the championship as well, moving up to eighth position,” said McLaughlin.
The Kiwi improved steadily through the first three races of the weekend infront of his home crowd, finishing eighth in the first race, sixth in the second and third in the third race, from which he started from pole position.

”It has been two pretty good days for us and it is great to race infront of your home crowd, seeing everyone cheering. We’ve got some good data to take in and move forward to tomorrow for the final race,” said McLaughlin.

Team mate Robert Dahlgren fought one of the toughest race weekend schedules of the season with just 30 minutes of practice before qualifying for the first race on a circuit he has never been on before. Dahlgren’s best race finish was 21st in the third race after retiring from the second race due to a broken power steering.

”My final qualifying session was a lot better, unfortunately I went off and caused a red flag and they removed my best lap. But the car was good and I had a pretty good pace in the third race. I was a bit too careful with the rear tyres in the beginning, but the speed was good in the end and I learned heaps today which I’m bringing with me for tomorrow,” said Dahlgren.

The V8 Supercars weekend in New Zealand continues tomorrow with a 20 minute qualifying session, followed by the fourth and final 70-lap race.

Race 1 Results – Top 5

1 Jason Bright Holden Commodore 33 laps
2 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +1.6796
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +4.8554
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore +5.5961
5 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG +6.1556

8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +13.8858
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +37.4217

Race 2 Results – Top 5

1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 35 laps
2 James Courtney Holden Commodore +1.9508
3 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +5.2519
4 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +6.7886
5 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +9.3911
6 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +9.3911

DNF Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60

Race 3 Results – Top 5

1 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 35 laps
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.2896
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +7.4696
4 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +7.6686
5 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +10.0567

21 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +35.7751

Qualifying for Race 1 – Top 5

1 Jason Bright Holden Commodore 1:03.1962
2 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.0752
3 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.0780
4 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.0921
5 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG +0.1205

7 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.1486
23 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.7797

Qualifying for Race 2 – Top 5

1 James Courtney Holden Commodore 1:03.0638
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.0180
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.1287
4 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +0.1849
5 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.2009

24 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.9228

Qualifying for Race 3 – Top 5

1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:03.0438
2 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.0562
3 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.1086
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.1567
5 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +0.1680

20 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.6678
 
ITM 500 Auckland – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Pukekohe Park Raceway
Length: 2910 m
Lap record (V8SC): 0:56.0781, Greg Murphy 2005

Schedule
(Times in UTC +12H)

Friday 25/4
11:30 Practice 1 (30 min)
12:15 Qualifying – Race 1 (20 min)
13:37 Race 1 (35 laps)

Saturday 26/4
10:25 Practice 2 (30 min)
11:30 Qualifying – Race 2 (10 min)
11:50 Qualifying – Race 3 (10 min)
14:05 Race 2 (35 laps)
16:05 Race 3 (35 laps)

Sunday 27/4
13:00 Qualifying – Race 3 (20 min)
15:25 Race 4 (70 laps)

TV Coverage

Australia:
Europe:
Sweden:
Webstream:

Championship positions - Top 10
(12/38 races)

1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 791 points
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 789 (-2)
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 740 (-51)
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore 718 (-73)
5 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 697 (-94)
6 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 657 (-134)
7 David Reynolds Ford Falcon 538 (-253)
8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 513 (-278)
9 Tim Slade Holden Commodore 508 (-283)
10 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 502 (-289)

25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 201 (-590)

Polestar Media Contact

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

24

APR

Volvo Polestar Racing on top in first 2014 STCC test

Volvo Polestar Racing drivers Fredrik Ekblom and Thed Björk were in the very top of the first official Scandinavian Touring Car Championship test days of 2014 at Knutstorp in the south of Sweden.
”I am really happy with the test days, we have made a strong start and the car feels perfect. It bodes well for the coming season and I look forward to an exciting fight this year, not only with the other drivers of the championship, but also with my team mate Thed,” said Ekblom with a smile.

Reigning champion Björk was closely matched to team mate Ekblom, being just 16 thousands of a second behind in the second and final test day.

”We have tried a lot of different things and I have a good feeling. For me it is all about getting into the same flow as I had last year and I do look forward to the season start. It is going to be really tough, there are a lot of drivers wanting to beat me this year,” said Björk.

Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte made strong progress for the second test day, lowering his best lap time with more than 1,1 seconds.

”I am glad to be back behind the wheel again with the team. We have had two productive test days and I am looking forward to the premiere,” said Bernadotte.

The season start of the 2014 STCC is just over two weeks away, starting at Knutstorp on May 9-10.

Results STCC Test Knutstorp

Day 1 – Top 5
1 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 57.147
2 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +0.030
3 Philip Forsman BMW SR +0.878
4 Erik Jonsson BMW SR +1.370
5 Mattias Lindberg Kia Optima +1.483
9 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +2.108

Day 2 – Top 5
1 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR 57.118
2 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +0.078
3 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +0.094
4 Philip Forsman BMW SR +0.172
5 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 +0.404
8 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +1.034

23

APR

Volvo Polestar Racing to New Zealand for the ITM 500 Auckland

Volvo Polestar Racing drivers Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren have traveled to New Zealand for the fifth V8 Supercars race weekend of 2014. The race takes place at Pukekohe Park Raceway, the home race of Kiwi McLaughlin where he claimed his first ever V8 Supercars victory last year.
”We had a win here last year and I think we can build on that this year. The car is really quick,” said McLaughlin.

The team had a tough weekend in the previous race at Winton where both McLaughlin and Dahlgren suffered from technical problems as well as penalties. The main point from that weekend was that the Volvo Polestar Racing cars were right on pace with the top cars, with McLaughlin claiming pole position for the final race.

”We’ve had some reliability problems which I think we have sorted, time will tell and it is going to be a tough race format. We really need to get through Friday with practice, qualifying and race in one day and then build on for Saturday and Sunday. I think confidently that we should be fast straight out of the box,” said McLaughlin.

McLaughlin and especially Dahlgren faces a tough race weekend with just a single practice session of 30 minutes ahead of qualifying and the first race on Friday.

”Having just 30 minutes of practice before qualifying will make it extremely difficult for me as I have never been at the track before. But it seems to be a really exciting track, I think this is more what I am used to, a very fast but also bumpy track with flowing corners. It is going to be a really tough but exciting challenge,” said Dahlgren.

The first race of four races of the weekend starts 13:37 local time on Friday.

ITM 500 Auckland – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Pukekohe Park Raceway
Length: 2910 m
Lap record (V8SC): 0:56.0781, Greg Murphy 2005
 
Schedule
(Times in UTC +12H)

Friday 25/4
11:30 Practice 1 (30 min)
12:15 Qualifying – Race 1 (20 min)
13:37 Race 1 (35 laps)

Saturday 26/4
10:25 Practice 2 (30 min)
11:30 Qualifying – Race 2 (10 min)
11:50 Qualifying – Race 3 (10 min)
14:05 Race 2 (35 laps)
16:05 Race 3 (35 laps)

Sunday 27/4
13:00 Qualifying – Race 3 (20 min)
15:25 Race 4 (70 laps)

TV Coverage

Australia:

Championship positions - Top 10
(9/38 races)

1 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 701 points
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 673 (-28)
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 658 (-43)
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore 609 (-92)
5 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 606 (-95)
6 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 549 (-152)
7 Tim Slade Holden Commodore 473 (-228)
8 David Reynolds Ford Falcon 453 (-248)
9 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 440 (-261)
10 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 406 (-295)

25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 174 (-527)

Polestar Media Contact

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

17

APR

Volvo Polestar Racing drivers hand over S60 Polestar to Police

Volvo Polestar Racing V8 Supercars drivers Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren have officially handed over a high-performance Volvo S60 Polestar to NSW Police’s Rose Bay Local Area Command.
The 257kW S60 Polestar is capable of hitting 100km/h in just 4.9 seconds and is supplied to the police via a partnership with Volvo Car Australia and Trivett Volvo, Alexandria.

“When I was testing this car in the frozen north of Sweden, I never thought I’d be handing over the keys to one down here in Australia – let alone to the police!” said Dahlgren, who was instrumental in developing the car and fine-tuning its chassis.

Dahlgren showed Senior Constable Jonathon Stone, Sargent Mick Capon, and Acting Inspector Matt West around the S60 Polestar, highlighting its ground-breaking technology – like City Safety, Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control – while also detailing its high performance and sure-footed handling characteristics.

This is the second Volvo to be used by the police, following an S60 T5 in 2013. This high- performance S60 Polestar will be used as a support vehicle primarily within the community liaison division and not a first response vehicle.

As such it will be seen at local events like community fetes, festivals, and major sporting events including the Australian Open Golf, of which Volvo is a major partner. The previous Volvo placed with the police proved to be a great engagement tool with locals, as it served as a talking point and broke down barriers of communication between the public and Police.

“I thought the police might want to ask me about an unpaid toll, following the launch of our V8 Supercar back in February when I drove it across the Sydney Harbour Bridge,” joked McLaughlin.
Following the handover, both drivers met with Dealership sales staff and technicians to give them an insight into the S60 Polestar, how Volvo Polestar Racing’s first V8 Supercars Championship was unfolding, and what future races had in store for the team.

06

APR

Competitive but tough Winton weekend for Volvo Polestar Racing

Technical problems and penalties stopped Volvo Polestar Racing drivers Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren during the Winton 400 V8 Supercars weekend. 16th as best result for McLaughlin in the third race does not tell the whole tale as the 20-year-old put the Volvo S60 on its and his first ever V8 Supercars pole position, as well as leading two of the three races.
”I have mixed emotions after the weekend. Qualifying for the final race was great with my first pole ever, I will never forget that. I had a good start in the race and lead for a while, the car was really strong,” said McLaughlin.

McLaughlin showed strong form all weekend, qualifying second for the second race and leading it from the start. A battery problem forced McLaughlin to pit from the lead, dropping him three laps behind the leaders.

Sunday started strongly where the Kiwi claimed his and Volvo’s first ever V8 Supercars pole position and he headed the field from the start of the race. As McLaughlin made his first pit stop, the stewards issued him a penalty for speeding in the pit lane which dropped him from fighting for a podium finish with race winner Mark Winterbottom to 16th position in the end.

”I came into the pit lane and apparently I sped. I didn’t speed across the timing loop, apparently it was by the radar gun. I can honestly say that I didn’t speed or try to speed. It was just unfortunate for the boys in the team,” said McLaughlin.

Team mate Robert Dahlgren had a troublesome race weekend as well where he failed to make the start of the first race due to a broken transmission. The Swede finished 24th in the second and third race, also receiving a drive through penalty for speeding in the pit lane in the final race.

”I wasn’t happy with my performance in qualifying, but we were fairly fast in the races this weekend. I tried to manage my tyres in the third race as I learned the hard way in the second race that they can go away pretty quick. I was penalised for speeding in the pit lane which cost me a lot. But I take the positives with me from this weekend and I really look forward to race in Scott’s home country in three weeks time,” said Dahlgren.

Despite the troublesome weekend for Volvo Polestar Racing, McLaughlin is still in the top ten of the championship and looks forward to his home race at Pukekohe Park Raceway in New Zealand.

”We still ended up 10th in the championship after a tough race weekend. Moving on to Pukekohe, it is going to be awesome to to the home fans. I think our car is going to be good there, we are definitely going to be able to challenge for wins and pole again,” said McLaughlin.

Volvo Polestar Racing and V8 Supercars continues in three weeks time with the ITM 500 Auckland weekend on April 24-27.

”Result-wise this weekend was disappointing for us. But we need to remember that we are still in the very early parts of our V8 Supercars program. Scott has shown all weekend that we have one of the fastest cars in the field with a pole position, a fastest lap in the final race and challenging for the win in two of the races. The team is doing a good job and it is all about keeping our heads down and continue working hard,” said Christian Dahl, owner of Polestar.

Race 1 Results – Top 5

1 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 34 laps
2 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +5.0197
3 Dale Wood Holden Commodore +10.9246
4 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +13.7479
5 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG +14.2459

DNF Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60
DNF Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60

Race 2 Results – Top 5

1 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 34 laps
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +1.4505
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +3.3947
4 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +4.1908
5 David Wall Ford Falcon +8.1626

24 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1:21.3276
25 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +3 laps

Race 3 Results – Top 5

1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 67 laps
2 James Courtney Holden Commodore +9.4911
3 Tim Slade Holden Commodore +10.7745
4 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +19.7578
5 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +20.4569

16 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +40.7056
24 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1 lap

Qualifying for Race 1 – Top 5

1 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1:20.0444
2 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.0288
3 Dale Wood Holden Commodore +0.2086
4 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.3115
5 James Moffat Nissan Altima +0.3768

12 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.7120
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 EXC

Qualifying for Race 2 – Top 5

1 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1:19.6538
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.1467
3 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.3244
4 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG +0.3710
5 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.4612

24 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1.3589

Qualifying for Race 3 – Top 5

1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:21.5092
2 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.0611
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.0779
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.1269
5 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.1532

21 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.7253
 
Winton 400 – V8 Supercars 
 
Circuit: Winton Motor Raceway
Length: 3000 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:22.5291, Jason Bright (2014)

TV Coverage

Australia:

Championship positions - Top 10
(9/38 races)

1 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 701 points
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 673 (-28)
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 658 (-43)
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore 609 (-92)
5 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 606 (-95)
6 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 549 (-152)
7 Tim Slade Holden Commodore 473 (-228)
8 David Reynolds Ford Falcon 453 (-248)
9 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 440 (-261)
10 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 406 (-295)

25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 174 (-527)

Polestar Media Contact

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

05

APR

Volvo Polestar Racing competitive at Winton but without results

Volvo Polestar Racing driver Scott McLaughlin was on pace for the first two V8 Supercars races of the Winton 400 weekend and claimed the lead of the second race. Unfortunately technical problems stopped the 20-year-old Kiwi in both races.
McLaughlin had qualified second for the second race and got the jump on pole sitter Fabian Coulthard in the start, claiming the lead for the first couple of laps. But the Kiwi had to pull into the pits after a couple of laps due to a battery problem.

”Today was mixed emotions. Qualifying was great and the team had put in another fantastic effort with the car. But the engine went in the first race and the battery in the second race. I’m gutted for the team, but we just need to push on for tomorrow, the pace is there,” said McLaughlin.

Team mate Robert Dahlgren had two equally tough races, being disqualified from the first qualifying session and retiring from the first race.

”Qualifying didn’t go as well as I hoped for. I had good sectors but couldn’t get it together for a full lap. Then we got disqualified as we downloaded data from the car too early after qualifying in the parc ferme. Something broke in the transmission just before the start of the first race. The team worked really hard to get the car out for the second race. I had a pretty good pace, but it is hard to overtake and then my tyres went away in the end. Tomorrow is a new day,” said Dahlgren.

Tomorrow features one qualifying session for the final race of the weekend, with the race starting at 15:30 local time and running for 67 laps.

Race 1 Results – Top 5

1 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 34 laps
2 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +5.0197
3 Dale Wood Holden Commodore +10.9246
4 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +13.7479
5 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG +14.2459

DNF Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60
DNF Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60

Race 2 Results – Top 5

1 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 34 laps
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +1.4505
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +3.3947
4 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +4.1908
5 David Wall Ford Falcon +8.1626

24 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1:21.3276
25 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +3 laps

Qualifying for Race 1 – Top 5

1 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1:20.0444
2 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.0288
3 Dale Wood Holden Commodore +0.2086
4 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.3115
5 James Moffat Nissan Altima +0.3768

12 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.7120
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 EXC

Qualifying for Race 2 – Top 5

1 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1:19.6538
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.1467
3 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.3244
4 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG +0.3710
5 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.4612

24 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1.3589
 
Winton 400 – V8 Supercars 
 
Circuit: Winton Motor Raceway
Length: 3000 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:22.9831s, Marcus Marshall (2009)
 
Schedule
(Times in UTC +11H)

Friday 4/4
11:55 Practice 1 (20 min)
13:25 Practice 2 (20 min)
14:35 Practice 3 (20 min)

Saturday 5/4
11:00 Qualifying – Race 1
11:20 Qualifying – Race 2
14:00 Race 1 (34 laps)
16:25 Race 2 (34 laps)

Sunday 6/4
11:20 Qualifying – Race 3
15:30 Race 3 (67 laps)

TV Coverage

Australia:

Championship positions - Top 10
(6/38 races)

1 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 605 points
2 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 586 (-19)
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 528 (-77)
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 523 (-82)
5 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 480 (-125)
6 James Courtney Holden Commodore 471 (-134)
7 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 380 (-225)
8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 354 (-251)
9 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 349 (-256)
10 Tim Slade Holden Commodore 344 (-261)

25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 141 (-464)

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

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Tough schedule continues for Volvo Polestar Racing with Winton 400

There is no rest for Volvo Polestar Racing drivers Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren who will hit the track for the V8 Supercars race Winton 400 this weekend, less than one week after the races in Tasmania.
20-year-old McLaughlin had a solid weekend in Tasmania where he climbed from 15th to seventh in the drivers’ championship. This weekend McLaughlin is expecting a tougher job though.

”Winton is not going to be one of our strongest tracks due to the characteristics, we haven’t got as much front grip as rear grip. But the boys are doing a great job and I still think we will be pretty good. I’m hoping to continue scoring vital points,” said McLaughlin.

Team mate Dahlgren showed promising form in qualifying where he took a personal best tenth on the grid for one of the races in Tasmania. The Swede is aiming to break into the top ten for the races this weekend.

”It is nice to have a race weekend straight after the other, especially for me as a newcomer to the championship. We have a really good car and the plan for the weekend is to mix with the front runners,” said Dahlgren.

The Winton 400 race weekend has got the same setup as Tasmania with three qualifying sessions and three races, two races of 34 laps and the final one of 67 laps.

Winton 400 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Winton Motor Raceway
Length: 3000 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:22.9831s, Marcus Marshall (2009)
 
Schedule
(Times in UTC +11H)

Friday 4/4
11:55 Practice 1 (20 min)
13:25 Practice 2 (20 min)
14:35 Practice 3 (20 min)

Saturday 5/4
11:00 Qualifying – Race 1
11:20 Qualifying – Race 2
14:00 Race 1 (34 laps)
16:25 Race 2 (34 laps)

Sunday 6/4
11:20 Qualifying – Race 3
15:30 Race 3 (67 laps)

TV Coverage

Australia:
Europe:
Sweden:
Webstream:

Championship positions - Top 10
(6/38 races)

1 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 532 points
2 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 462 (-70)
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 447 (-85)
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore 429 (-103)
5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 406 (-126)
6 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 389 (-143)
7 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 334 (-198)
8 Tim Slade Holden Commodore 308 (-224)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 282 (-250)
10 Russell Ingall Holden Commodore 274 (-258)

24 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 125 (-407)

Polestar Media Contact

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