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07

DEC

Scott McLaughlin underlines strong debut year in season finale

Scott McLaughlin underlined the strong debut V8 Supercars season for Volvo Polestar Racing in the Sydney 500 season finale weekend where he claimed a podium finish and the 2014 pole position award. ”It has been an amazing year. We met every goal that we set out to achieve this year and I can’t thank everyone at GRM and Volvo Polestar in Sweden enough,” said McLaughlin.
There was plenty of drama in the three races of the season finale where the two final races were red flagged due to thunderstorms. McLaughlin managed to take his tenth podium finish of the year to secure fifth in the championship and his tenth pole position to equal newly crowned champion Jamie Whincup to the 2014 pole position award.
”It was great to equal Jamie, the champion, with ten poles. It has been a fantastic season and I can’t wait for next year. I really think we have a good car to have a crack at the championship. I have set some high standards and I am ready to try and beat them in 2015,” said McLaughlin.

Robert Dahlgren completed his final V8 Supercars weekend before heading to Sweden with Volvo Polestar Racing next season and fought hard in the treacherous conditions in Sydney.
”I improved my pace all weekend and qualifying was quite all right with 15th as best result. I went a bit too hard in the final race and damaged the suspension, but the race pace in the three races was fairly good. I am all in all really pleased and thankful to GRM, Volvo, Polestar and all partners. I wish everyone the best for next year, I have no doubt that they are in for a great 2015 season,” said Dahlgren.

The 2014 V8 Supercars debut season for Volvo Polestar Racing resulted in four victories, ten pole positions, ten podium finishes, sixth position in the teams’ championship and fifth in the drivers’ championship.
”The 2014 V8 Supercars season has exceeded all of our expectations. I am really proud of all involved, Scott, Robert, everyone at GRM and our guys working on the project in Sweden. We are ready to take the next step forward in 2015,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.

The 2015 V8 Supercars season starts Feb 26-Mar 1 with the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide where Volvo Polestar Racing will be ready for a new challenge with Scott McLaughlin and newly signed David Wall behind the wheel of the two Volvo S60 Polestar V8SC cars. 

Race 36 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 37 laps
2 Tim Slade Holden Commodore +3.1095
3 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +5.4694
4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +9.4484
5 Rick Kelly Nissan Altima +10.6047
18 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +30.3315

Race 37 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 23 laps
2 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.7818
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +1.3247
4 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +2.0090
5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +2.8275
18 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +17.4785

Race 38 – Top 5

1 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 44 laps
2 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +1.8175
3 James Courtney Holden Commodore +5.2885
4 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +6.2461
5 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +7.5986
8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +12.0904
DNF Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60

Qualifying for Race 36 – Top 5

1 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:28.7650
2 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.0513
3 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.0647
4 Tim Slade Holden Commodore +0.2180
5 David Wall Ford Falcon +0.3130
6 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.3414
16 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1.3556

Qualifying for Race 37 – Top 5

1 Jason Bright Holden Commodore 1:27.7889
2 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.0832
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.1167
4 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.1350
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.3120
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1.2906

Qualifying for Race 38 - Top 5

1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:28.3139
2 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +0.0319
3 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.2076
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.2501
5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.4477
15 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1.0357

Sydney 500 – V8 Supercars
 
Circuit: Homebush Street Circuit
Length: 3500 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:28.3839, Craig Lowndes, 2011
 
TV Coverage
 
Australia:
 
Championship positions - Top 10
(38/38 races)
 
1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 3364 points
2 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 2778 (-586)
3 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2763 (-601)
4 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 2656 (-708)
5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 2509 (-855)
6 James Courtney Holden Commodore 2481 (-883)
7 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 2444 (-920)
8 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 2430 (-934)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 2280 (-1084)
10 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1939 (-1425)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 909 (-2455)
 
Polestar Media Contact
 
Johan Meissner
Press Manager
Polestar AB
Phone: +46 [0]70 241 3234

06

DEC

Scott McLaughlin scores tenth podium in treacherous conditions

Scott McLaughlin scored his tenth V8 Supercars podium finish of 2014 in the treacherous conditions of the Sydney 500 season finale. ”It was the worst conditions I have ever driven in regards to vision,” said McLaughlin.
The first race was held in dry conditions where McLaughlin climbed two positions from sixth on the grid to finish fourth. The second race started dry, but a thunderstorm hit the track after about 12 laps, leaving the track flooded.

McLaughlin started third and held that position after the torrential rain started to fall when all drivers headed to the pits to change for wet tires. The race was stopped briefly to wait for the weather conditions to improve, but the race director decided to finish the race under safety car with McLaughlin crossing the line in third position to score vital points for the championship.

”It was pretty full on, but it was the same for everyone. It would have been fun to get going (after the stoppage of the race), but like Jamie [Whincup] said it would have been carnage. I am happy with third and the car worked really well in both races,” said McLaughlin.

Robert Dahlgren finished 22nd and had a tough job to adapt to the, for him, new track under such treacherous conditions.
”The sky opened and it just hammered down. The stop of the race was the right call. Qualifying was all right earlier today and we were fairly quick in the races. Hopefully we will have a dry day tomorrow,” said Dahlgren.

McLaughlin keeps fifth position in the championship ahead of the very last race of the 2014 V8 Supercars season tomorrow, starting at 15:40 local time.

Race 36 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 37 laps
2 Tim Slade Holden Commodore +3.1095
3 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +5.4694
4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +9.4484
5 Rick Kelly Nissan Altima +10.6047
18 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +30.3315

Race 37 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 23 laps
2 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.7818
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +1.3247
4 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +2.0090
5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +2.8275
18 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +17.4785

Qualifying for Race 36 – Top 5

1 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:28.7650
2 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.0513
3 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.0647
4 Tim Slade Holden Commodore +0.2180
5 David Wall Ford Falcon +0.3130
6 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.3414
16 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1.3556

Qualifying for Race 37 – Top 5

1 Jason Bright Holden Commodore 1:27.7889
2 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.0832
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.1167
4 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.1350
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.3120
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1.2906

Sydney 500 – V8 Supercars
 
Circuit: Homebush Street Circuit
Length: 3500 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:28.3839, Craig Lowndes, 2011
 
Schedule
(Times in UTC +10H)
 
Friday 5/12
09:30 Practice 1 (20 min)
11:45 Practice 2 (20 min)
14:20 Practice 3 (20 min)
 
Saturday 6/12
09:00 Practice 4 (20 min)
11:15 Qualifying for Race 36 (10 min)
11:35 Qualifying for Race 37 (10 min)
14:30 Race 36 (37 laps)
16:50 Race 37 (37 laps)
 
Sunday 7/12
11:05 Qualifying for Race 38 (20 min)
13:30 Top 10 Shootout (30 min)
15:40 Race 35 (74 laps)
 
TV Coverage
 
Australia:
Europe:
Sweden:
Web stream:
 
Championship positions - Top 10
(37/38 races)
 
1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 3244 poäng
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2715 (-529)
3 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 2628 (-616)
4 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 2602 (-642)
5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 2419 (-825)
6 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 2361 (-883)
7 James Courtney Holden Commodore 2352 (-892)
8 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 2333 (-911)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 2142 (-1102)
10 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1932 (-1312)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 909 (-2335)
 
Polestar Media Contact
 
Johan Meissner
Press Manager
Polestar AB
Phone: +46 [0]70 241 3234

03

DEC

Scott McLaughlin chases wins and pole award in season finale

Volvo Polestar Racing drivers Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren are set for the 2014 V8 Supercars season finale with the Sydney 500 this weekend. McLaughlin is aiming for more victories and to secure the pole position award.

”It will be all guns blazing to win races and also to win the pole position award of the year,” said McLaughlin.

 

The Kiwi is one pole behind newly crowned champion Jamie Whincup who has got ten pole positions with three left to fight for this weekend.

 

Another fight for McLaughlin in Sydney is the one for fifth position in the drivers’ championship where four drivers are separated by just 30 points. McLaughlin climbed from eighth to fifth in the last race weekend where he claimed Volvo Polestar Racing’s best ever V8 Supercars result with two victories.

 

”The car is good on street circuits like Sydney. It is fast over qualifying runs and it is starting to get a lot better in the races as well. We have had an awesome year that I really want to finish in the top five and on a high with the team, to build for a good result in next year’s championship,” said McLaughlin.

 

Robert Dahlgren will complete his last V8 Supercars race at Sydney before heading to Sweden ahead of 2015 for new assignments with Volvo Polestar Racing.

 

”I am thoroughly going to enjoy my last round of the championship before I head back to Sweden. I have done the preparations ahead of the race and I feel ready, we will see what the weekend brings,” said Dahlgren.

 

The 2014 V8 Supercars season finale in Sydney starts on Friday with three practice sessions, followed by qualifying and two races on Saturday. Sunday finishes the season off with a final qualifying session and a Top 10 Shootout session ahead of the 35th and final race of the year.

 

Sydney 500 – V8 Supercars

 

Circuit: Homebush Street Circuit

Length: 3500 m

Lap record (V8SC): 1:28.3839, Craig Lowndes, 2011

 

Schedule

(Times in UTC +10H)

 

Friday 5/12

09:30 Practice 1 (20 min)

11:45 Practice 2 (20 min)

14:20 Practice 3 (20 min)

 

Saturday 6/12

09:00 Practice 4 (20 min)

11:15 Qualifying for Race 36 (10 min)

11:35 Qualifying for Race 37 (10 min)

14:30 Race 36 (37 laps)

16:50 Race 37 (37 laps)

 

Sunday 7/12

11:05 Qualifying for Race 38 (20 min)

13:30 Top 10 Shootout (30 min)

15:40 Race 35 (74 laps)

 

TV Coverage

 

Australia:

Europe:
Sweden:
Web stream:
 

Championship positions - Top 10

(35/38 races)

 

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 3094 points

2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2642 (-452)

3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 2547 (-547)

4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 2508 (-586)

5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 2295 (-799)

6 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 2280 (-814)

7 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 2273 (-821)

8 James Courtney Holden Commodore 2265 (-829)

9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 2064 (-1030)

10 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1875 (-1219)

...

25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 859 (-2235)

 

Polestar Media Contact

 

Johan Meissner

Press Manager

Polestar AB

Phone: +46 [0]70 241 3234

26

NOV

David Wall to join Volvo Polestar Racing in 2015

Current V8 Supercars driver David Wall will join Volvo Polestar Racing next season alongside 2014’s stand out driver, Scott McLaughlin.
A two-time Australian GT Champion, Wall will start his fourth full year in Australia’s top tier motorsport category, following seasons with Brad Jones Racing and Dick Johnson Racing.

Wall will race the number 34 Volvo S60 V8 Supercar as the team looks to capitalise on an outstanding debut season in the V8 Supercars Championship.

“I cannot begin to tell you how eager I am to join Volvo Polestar Racing for the 2015 V8 Supercars season,” said Wall. “I am really impressed with how they came out of the box this year in what was a stellar debut season for the team.

“I feel that this is a massive opportunity and I hope to be able to add to the results the team and my new team-mate, Scott McLaughlin, have achieved in 2014. Bring on the test day at Sydney Motorsport Park.”

GRM owner Garry Rogers commented:

“I spent some time racing alongside David’s dad, Des,” said GRM Team Owner Garry Rogers. “If David shows the same tenacity and determination his father exhibited I'm sure he will have success at GRM.

“Obviously it's a challenge for David and our team, but I take notice of all drivers in the V8 Supercars Championship and David has shown ability. I am confident we will provide him with a car that will enable him to illustrate his potential.”

Polestar CEO Christian Dahl said:

“We are glad to have David on board and we hope that he can evolve together with us and take the next step forward in the 2015 V8 Supercars.”

David Wall
DOB: 19 January 1983
Lives: Sydney
V8SC debut: Philip Island, 2009
Merits
2013 – Bathurst 12 Hours, 1st
2010 – Australian GT, champion
2009 – Australian GT, champion
2007 – Australian GT, 3rd

24

NOV

The 2015 STCC calendar has been unveiled

The calendar for the 2015 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship has been unveiled and features seven race weekends. The season starts at the new Skövde Airport Race in May and ends at Knutstorp in September.

Volvo Polestar Racing and reigning STCC champion Thed Björk were present in Skövde for a press conference where the calendar was unveiled. Björk got the possibility to test parts of the planned circuit at Skövde airport.

 

"I look forward to racing in Skövde, especially as these type of airport tracks suits me really well. It is going to be an exciting race here with what seems to be good opportunities for overtaking and close racing," said Björk.

 

Other news in the calendar includes the comeback of classic Swedish racing circuits Anderstorp and Karlskoga. 

 

2015 STCC Calendar

 

8-9 May Skövde Airport Race

29-30 May Anderstorp

5-6 June Gothenburg City Arena

10-11 July Falkenberg

14-15 August Karlskoga

11-12 September Solvalla

25-26 September Knutstorp 

21

NOV

Robert Dahlgren’s Australian assignment to end

Volvo Polestar Racing’s Swedish export, Robert Dahlgren, will leave the V8 Supercars Championship following the final race of the season, the Sydney 500.
Dahlgren has been a key factor in the establishment of Volvo Polestar Racing in their successful debut V8 Supercars season, and his global motorsport experience will see him continue to play a critical role in a number of new assignments in Sweden with both Polestar and Volvo Car Group in 2015 and onwards. 

“To be involved in such a successful debut V8 Supercars season has been incredibly rewarding, and I am proud to have played a key role in the development of the new car and engine, linking GRM in Melbourne with Polestar in Gothenburg," said Dahlgren.

“The entire GRM team – and the Australian motorsport fans – have all been incredibly welcoming to me and my family. The V8 Supercars Championship is without doubt one of the best in the world and I leave Australia with many happy memories.”

GRM owner Garry Rogers commented:

“We at GRM are very thankful to Robert for the assistance and professionalism he has displayed in his 12 month contract with our race team. As much as sheer race results may not indicate the true value of Robert’s input, his off track input and work has been very much appreciated, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him. 

“Robert has a very good engineering mind and his knowledge on the processes within both Volvo and Polestar have been extremely helpful with our transition to a factory Volvo Polestar team. I wish him, his wife Nina and young son and daughter all the best in their return to Sweden”. 

Polestar CEO Christian Dahl said: 

“Robert’s results on track were what we were to expect with a new car, new engineer and new tracks. However, his task in aligning the R&D work between Gothenburg and Melbourne was done well above the pace we could expect. Now, we need Robert back home again for coming projects.”

Further communication about the 2015 Volvo Polestar Racing V8 Supercars driver line-up will be communicated in due course. 

16

NOV

Dramatic double victory for Scott McLaughlin at Phillip Island

Scott McLaughlin claimed a dramatic double victory for Volvo Polestar Racing in the V8 Supercars weekend at Phillip Island, jumping him from eighth to fifth in the championship. ”I feel pretty ecstatic! It was an awesome fight with Lowndes in the first race and an awesome end to the final race,” said McLaughlin.
The 21-year-old headed the field from lights to flag in the first race from pole position and was under hard pressure from Red Bull Racing Australia drivers Craig Lowndes and newly crowned champion Jamie Whincup throughout the entire race.

But the real drama came in the final race of 45 laps. McLaughlin jumped pole sitter Whincup to take the lead into the first corner from second place on the grid. The Volvo driver then lost one spot to Holden driver Garth Tander during the pitstops as McLaughlin took what proved to be a vital extra amount of fuel compared to Tander. 

McLaughlin reeled Tander in during the final ten laps and was right on the rear bumper of the Holden driver in the final couple of laps. Just as it looked like McLaughlin had to settle for second place, Tander ran out of fuel in the very last corner of the last lap, enabling the Volvo driver to blast past to take his fifth victory of the year with a 0.4521 second margin.
”I feel for Garth (Tander) and in some ways it was a bit lucky. But my car was great the whole time and I knew that I had enough tire life to attack him. It was very difficult because of the dirty air, you get a lot of understeer coming onto the straight. I am stoked to get two wins, climb to fifth in the championship and to claim my ninth pole of the year,” said McLaughlin.

Team mate Robert Dahlgren had a fighting weekend with 19th as best qualifying result and 22nd as best race result.
”It was a tough weekend for me, we just didn’t get it right. We had a problem yesterday that continued today. We will take more time after this weekend to analyse it and hopefully come out stronger in Sydney,” said Dahlgren.

The fifth victory, the ninth pole position of 2014 and the climb to fifth in the drivers’ championship of McLaughlin confirms the strong form of the Volvo S60 Polestar V8SC in its debut V8 Supercars season.
”We are very glad to have our best weekend of 2014 and a performance curve pointing straight up in the final run of races ahead of the 2015 season. Scott and the team put in an amazing effort this weekend and it is of course extra nice to have that dramatic end to the final race for us and all the fans,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.

Race 35 – Top 5

1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 45 laps
2 Gart Tander Holden Commodore +0.4521
3 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +4.9815
4 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +5.3950
5 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +12.9998
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +43.6639

Race 34 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 23 laps
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +3.5940
3 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +6.3745
4 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +7.3985
5 Todd Kelly Nissan Altima +13.1304
6 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +13.5720
23 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +45.1471

Race 33 – Top 5

1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 23 laps
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.3763
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.9243
4 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +1.4138
5 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +5.0894
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +49.5207

Qualifying for Race 35 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1:31.1812
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.0739
3 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.2055
4 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +0.2122
5 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.2479
19 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.7467

Qualifying for Race 34 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1:31.0578
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.1315
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.2095
4 Todd Kelly Nissan Altima +0.2592
5 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +0.2849
9 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.4769
20 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1.1106

Qualifying for Race 33 – Top 5

1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:31.3935
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.0864
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.2564
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.4842
5 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +0.5537
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +2.0731

Phillip Island 400 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Length: 4445 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:32.0246, Jamie Whincup, 2013

TV Coverage

Australia:
 
Championship positions - Top 10
(35/38 races)

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 3094 points
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2642 (-452)
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 2547 (-547)
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 2508 (-586)
5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 2295 (-799)
6 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 2280 (-814)
7 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 2273 (-821)
8 James Courtney Holden Commodore 2265 (-829)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 2064 (-1030)
10 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1875 (-1219)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 859 (-2235)

Polestar Media Contact

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

15

NOV

Scott McLaughlin secures fourth 2014 V8 Supercars victory at Phillip Island

Scott McLaughlin scored his fourth V8 Supercars victory and ninth pole position of 2014 in the first race of the weekend at Phillip Island. ”It was pretty full on and I am very happy to get another win and pole. I was stoked to have one pole position earlier this year and now I have got nine, hopefully there will be more and we just got to keep pushing,” said McLaughlin.
The 21-year-old started from pole and kept the lead from lights to flag, but came under hard pressure from both Red Bull Racing Australia drivers Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup towards the end of the race.
”The car was a bit difficult to drive and I was going as hard as I could. I knew where Lowndes had two chances to go at me on the final lap, but I had him there. It was awesome fun, a great battle with Lowndes,” said McLaughlin.

The second race saw McLaughlin fighting his way from ninth on the grid to finish sixth, a mere 0.4416 from Nissan driver Todd Kelly in fifth position.

Team mate Robert Dahlgren had two tough races with 20th as best qualifying position and 22nd as best result in the two races.
”We had a really tough day. I missed a bit in qualifying and we didn’t get a few things that we tried to work. We tried to find what the problem was between the two races, something is not right. But I am glad that I am in a strong team with good mechanics, so hopefully we will find what we are looking for ahead of tomorrow,” said Dahlgren.

The Philip Island 400 weekend continues tomorrow with a final qualifying session and race.

Race 34 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 23 laps
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +3.5940
3 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +6.3745
4 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +7.3985
5 Todd Kelly Nissan Altima +13.1304
6 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +13.5720
23 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +45.1471

Race 33 – Top 5

1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 23 laps
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.3763
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.9243
4 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +1.4138
5 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +5.0894
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +49.5207

Qualifying for Race 34 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1:31.0578
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.1315
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.2095
4 Todd Kelly Nissan Altima +0.2592
5 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +0.2849
9 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.4769
20 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1.1106

Qualifying for Race 33 – Top 5

1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:31.3935
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.0864
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.2564
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.4842
5 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +0.5537
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +2.0731

Phillip Island 400 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Length: 4445 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:32.0246, Jamie Whincup, 2013

Schedule
(Times in UTC +10H)

Friday 14/11
10:05 Practice 1 (20 min)
11:45 Practice 2 (20 min)
13:50 Practice 3 (20 min)

Saturday 15/11
11:50 Qualifying for Race 33 (10 min)
12:10 Qualifying for Race 34 (10 min)
14:30 Race 33 (23 laps)
16:35 Race 34 (23 laps)

Sunday 16/11
13:05 Qualifying for Race 35 (20 min)
15:55 Race 35 (45 laps)

TV Coverage

Australia:
 
Championship positions - Top 10
(34/38 races)

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 2974 points
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2513 (-461)
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 2469 (-505)
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 2397 (-577)
5 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 2223 (-751)
6 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 2219 (-755)
7 James Courtney Holden Commodore 2199 (-775)
8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 2145 (-829)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 1926 (-1048)
10 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1791 (-1183)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 820 (-2154)

Polestar Media Contact

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

12

NOV

Scott McLaughlin: ”This weekend is all about getting wins”

Volvo Polestar Racing drivers Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren head to Phillip Island this weekend for the penultimate V8 Supercars round of 2014. ”This weekend is all about getting wins to be in the top five of the championship,” said McLaughlin.
The 21-year-old, who is equal on most (eight) pole positions this season with Jamie Whincup, is currently placed eighth in the drivers’ championship, 173 points from Fabian Coulthard in fifth position.
”We are not aiming to beat certain people, we are going to try and win as many races as possible and get as many points as we can. Everything is looking pretty good, I am pretty happy how the car is feeling and we had a pretty good race at Gold Coast three weeks ago,” said McLaughlin.

Robert Dahlgren had one of his strongest weekends so far at the Gold Coast and is hoping to keep the momentum up this weekend.
”Phillip Island looks like a fast and flowing track with long corners, very European like and I take that as a positive. It is something that ought to suit the car as well with our strong engine, aero package and setup of the car. I am really looking forward to this weekend,” said Dahlgren.

The Phillip Island 400 weekend features three races of which two, on Saturday, are of 23 laps and a the final one on Sunday of 45 laps.

Phillip Island 400 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Length: 4445 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:32.0246, Jamie Whincup, 2013

Schedule
(Times in UTC +10H)

Friday 14/11
10:05 Practice 1 (20 min)
11:45 Practice 2 (20 min)
13:50 Practice 3 (20 min)

Saturday 15/11
11:50 Qualifying for Race 33 (10 min)
12:10 Qualifying for Race 34 (10 min)
14:30 Race 33 (23 laps)
16:35 Race 34 (23 laps)

Sunday 16/11
13:05 Qualifying for Race 35 (20 min)
15:55 Race 35 (45 laps)

TV Coverage

Australia:
 
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1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 2835 points
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2433 (-402)
3 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 2357 (-478)
4 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 2331 (-504)
5 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 2192 (-643)
6 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 2147 (-688)
7 James Courtney Holden Commodore 2135 (-700)
8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 2019 (-816)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 1806 (-1029)
10 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1688 (-1147)
...
26 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 783 (-2052)

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06

NOV

20 years of performance Volvo estates – The 855 T-5R and V60 Polestar

The Volvo 855 T-5R made its debut 20 years ago as the first dedicated performance estate model from Volvo. Polestar celebrated the anniversary by bringing the 855 T-5R together with its current heir, the Volvo V60 Polestar, to Huntington Beach, California, USA.
”Fast Volvo estates as the 855 T-5R is something special for many performance car enthusiasts around the world and we are proud to continue that heritage to a new level with the V60 Polestar,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.

The Volvo 855 T-5R was introduced in 1994 and featured a five-cylinder turbo-charged engine of 240 hp and 330 Nm, combined with a further developed chassis. The result was one of the fastest estate cars of its time and an iconic performance car.

”I still remember the overwhelming reception we got when we showed the T-5R for the first time, especially combined with the current BTCC program we had with the 850 estate. I am very glad to see Polestar together with Volvo continuing this unique heritage today in the form of the V60 Polestar,” said Thomas Lindskog, Vice President 800 series at Volvo Cars in 1994.
 
Two performance estates from Volvo and Polestar with 20 years apart, look into a technical comparison, image gallery and more below:
 
Specification 855 T-5R / V60 Polestar

Engine: R5 2319/R6 2953 cc
Power: 240/350 hp
Torque: 330/500 Nm
0-100 km/h: 7.0/4.9 sec
100-0 km/h: 45/34 m
Top speed: 245/250* km/h
Suspension: MacPherson Strut, Coil Springs, Hydraulic Shock Absorbers, Stabilizer Bar/MacPherson Strut, Coil Springs, Polestar Öhlins Shock Absorbers, Carbon Fibre Clad Stabilizer Bar
Gearbox: 4-speed auto/6-speed auto
Drive: FWD/4WD
Rims: 7x17”/8x20”
Tyres: 205/45/245/35
Brakes (front): 1 piston calipers, 280 mm discs/6 piston calipers, 371 mm discs
Weight: 1600/1834 kg

* = Electronically limited
 
Head to the gallery to see more images of the cars. 
 
Read more about the Volvo 850: http://bit.ly/1wBpjcv 
Read more about the V60 Polestar: www.nextpolestar.com  
 
 
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