Noticias

 

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)

Polestar Media Contact

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

02

APR

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

30

MAR

Solid points haul for Scott McLaughlin after Tasmania

Scott McLaughlin and Volvo Polestar Racing were in the top fight again as the third V8 Supercars weekend of 2014 took place in Tasmania. The 20-year-old Kiwi secured two top five finishes and climbed eight places in the drivers’ championship.
”It has been a good weekend for us, climbing to seventh in the championship. We had some technical issues that we need to continue work on, but the car has been great and the pace is there for the top fight,” said McLaughlin.

The third and final race saw McLaughlin once again in a tough and exciting battle with reigning champion Jamie Whincup. The duo fought hard in the opening laps for second position in the race, while McLaughlin dropped to sixth position towards the end, suffering from a bent front suspension after making contact with James Courtney.

”I had a great battle with Jamie (Whincup), really attacking him, just like I had yesterday with Craig (Lowndes). The contact I had when James (Courtney) came out of the pits bent my steering. It looks like James came in a bit narrow and I came in a bit too hot, just a racing thing,” said McLaughlin.

The Tasmania 400 weekend meant three qualifying sessions and three races, two of 42 laps and one longer of 84 laps. McLaughlin fought for top positions in all three races with third as his best qualifying result and fourth as his best race result.

Robert Dahlgren once again improved his best qualifying result with tenth for the second race. The race results were mixed with 18th as best result in the second race, despite being tapped into a spin on the first lap.

”The car was good all through the weekend, despite some technical issues and being pushed into a spin in the second race. I am pleased with tenth in qualifying but not pleased with the race results. I’m looking forward to Winton and hopefully we can get some good race results there,” said Dahlgren.

There is no rest for the Volvo Polestar Racing drivers as the next V8 Supercars race starts next weekend with the Winton 400.
 
"The weekend has been positive overall for the team and especially for Scott. The key to success in this championship is consistency and the results so far has exceeded our expectations," said Christian Dahl, owner of Polestar. 
 
TyrePower Tasmania 400 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Symmons Plains
Length: 2410 m
Lap record (V8SC): 0:51.4713, Rick Kelly (2009)

Race 1 Results – Top 5

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

20 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +20.0199

Race 2 Results – Top 5

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

18 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +12.7183

Race 3 Results – Top 5

1 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 84 laps
2 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +5.3910
3 James Courtney Holden Commodore +10.0950
4 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG +13.0283
5 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +13.1526

6 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +17.4855
23 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1 lap

Qualifying for Race 1 – Top 5

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

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

Qualifying for Race 2 – Top 5

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

10 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.4477

Qualifying for Race 3 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 0:50.9676
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.1169
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.2127
4 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG +0.2141
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.3073

23 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.7204

Championship positions - Top 10
(6/38 races)

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

24 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 125 pts (-407)

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

29

MAR

Video from Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren's arctic adventure

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

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

 

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

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

29

MAR

Scott McLaughlin climbs the points after first two races in Tasmania

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

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

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

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

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

Race 1 Results – Top 5

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

20 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +20.0199

Race 2 Results – Top 5

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

18 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +12.7183

Qualifying for Race 1 – Top 5

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

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

Qualifying for Race 2 – Top 5

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

10 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.4477

TyrePower Tasmania 400 – V8 Supercars

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

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

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

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

TV Coverage

Australia:
Europe:
Sweden:

Championship positions - Top 10
(5/38 races)

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

24 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 86 pts (-296)

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

26

MAR

Volvo Polestar Racing to Tasmania for continued championship battle

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

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

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

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

TyrePower Tasmania 400 – V8 Supercars

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

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

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

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

TV Coverage

Australia:

Championship positions - Top 10
(3/38 races)

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

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

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

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

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12

MAR

Volvo Polestar Racing to the F1 premiere in Melbourne

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

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

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

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

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

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

TV Coverage

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