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22

OCT

Scott McLaughlin seeks redemption at Gold Coast

Scott McLaughlin heads to the Gold Coast 600 race this weekend seeking redemption after the Bathurst 1000 race where he lost a strong position after a wall visit. ”Gold Coast is one of my favourite events, it is really demanding and hard for the cars. Coming off some great speed at Bathurst, I am looking forward to seek redemption and making up to my team after the mistake I made at Bathurst,” said McLaughlin.

This year features the 20th anniversary of V8 Supercars on the Gold Coast, a demanding street circuit held in Surfers Paradise, Australia.

”I have looked at onboard footage from the track and it looks unbelievable. It is going to be awesome to learn this track and my aim is to get a top ten finish this weekend,” said Robert Dahlgren.

 

Co-driver Alexandre Prémat put in a solid effort in the Bathurst 1000 race two weeks ago and hopes to continue on the strong speed together with McLaughlin this weekend.

”I am confident of a strong result this weekend, especially after the speed we showed at Bathurst,” said Prémat.

 

Dahlgren’s co-driver Greg Ritter is just as teammates McLaughlin and Prémat hoping to build on the positive parts from the previous races this weekend.

”We made a lot of progress at Bathurst with the car and I am hoping that we can capitalise on that this weekend,” said Ritter.

 

The Gold Coast 600 weekend starts on Friday with practice, continues with qualifying and the first race of 300 kilometres on Saturday, with the second and final qualifying and race finishing off the race weekend on Sunday.


Gold Coast 600 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Surfers Paradise Street Circuit
Length: 2980 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:10.0851, Will Davison, 2011

Schedule
(Times in UTC +10H)

Friday 24/10
09:35 Practice 1 (30 min)
11:55 Practice 2 (30 min – co-drivers)
13:40 Practice 3 (30 min – co-drivers)
15:30 Practice 4 (30 min)

Saturday 25/10
11:35 Qualifying (20 min)
12:40 Top 10 Shootout (30 min)
14:40 Race 31 (102 laps)

Sunday 26/10
11:25 Qualifying (20 min)
13:55 Race 32 (102 laps)

TV Coverage

Australia:
Championship positions - Top 10
(30/38 races)

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 2547 points
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2250 (-297)
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 2208 (-339)
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 2096 (-451)
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore 2096 (-451)
6 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 2024 (-523)
7 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 1994 (-553)
8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1785 (-762)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 1662 (-885)
10 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1542 (-1005)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 663 (-1884)

Polestar Media Contact

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

18

OCT

Welcome to the new Polestar web shop

The new Polestar web shop is here with official Polestar merchandise available for order all over the world.
The shop offers a wide range of Polestar merchandise, including the latest ”What matters” collection, with jackets, sport bags, caps, phone cases and much more.

The shop will be continuously updated with more products over the coming time. Head to shop.polestar.com to place your order today!

12

OCT

Race lead and crashes for Volvo Polestar Racing at Bathurst

A strong start to the 2014 Bathurst 1000 race where Scott McLaughlin was in the lead for the majority of the first half was changed into drama where both cars hit the wall. ”I am very disappointed with the result, we had a really strong car that was good enough to win the race,” said McLaughlin.
McLaughlin made an impressive start where he rocketed past Shane Van Gisbergen and Mark Winterbottom to take the lead into the first corner. The #33 Volvo S60 Polestar held the lead for the majority of the first half of the race with co-driver Alexandre Prémat making a strong run after the first pit stops.

The #34 Volvo S60 Polestar of Robert Dahlgren and Greg Ritter made strong progress in the first half of the race as well and was as high as fifth.

But disaster struck for both cars in the same corner, just four laps apart. Dahlgren made a mistake and hit the wall in The Cutting corner, meaning a retirement from the race.
”Everything went our way at first and Greg did a great job. We climbed from 20th on the grid and were definitely in for a top ten finish. Unfortunately I made a mistake that was really costly and I am sorry for the team,” said Dahlgren.
”We got the car better during the race and were trucking along quite well with a good position. Rob made a mistake which is pretty easy to do around here. But I was encouraged by our pace through the middle of the day and I’m looking forward to Gold Coast,” said Ritter.

McLaughlin got Van Gisbergen on the inside of him going into The Cutting on lap 119. The 21-year-old went wide and hit the wall, although without contact between the two.
”I didn't know he was there until the last second and paid the price. I just got caught in the marbles, couldn't back out of it. It was a fair move, but I couldn’t turn in or hang around the outside,” said McLaughlin.

The Kiwi was able to limp back into the pits repairs. After a massive effort by the team, McLaughlin was able to rejoin the race, albeit 11 laps behind the leaders and brought the car home in 17th position.
”I am of course disappointed, we could have finished on the podium. But I can’t blame Scotty, he has done a really good job and we can all make mistakes. It is part of racing and I am really happy about my stints. I look forward to next year’s Bathurst 1000,” said Prémat.

The 1000 kilometers of the 2014 Bathurst race was filled with ups and downs for Volvo Polestar Racing. While crashes ended the race, all four drivers showed strong form with McLaughlin and Prémat putting a strong challenge for the overall victory.
”It was a frustrating end to an exciting race. But we bring the positive points with us. The team made a fantastic job repairing the car mid-race, Scott continues to impress and we led almost half the race in our first year at Bathurst. We look forward to taking on the 2015 Bathurst 1000,” said Christian Dahl, owner of Polestar.

Race 30 – Top 5

1 Mostert/Morris Ford Falcon 161 laps
2 Moffat/Douglas Nissan Altima +4.0936
3 Percat/Gavin Holden Commodore +8.5254
4 Davison/Davison Mercedes E63 AMG +10.3839
5 Whincup/Dumbrell Holden Commodore +11.8703
17 McLaughlin/Prémat Volvo S60
DNF Dahlgren/Ritter

Top 10 Shootout – Top 5

1 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 2:06.3267
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.3122
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.4515
4 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +0.7164
5 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.7301

Qualifying – Top 5

1 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 2:05.6080
2 Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.0931
3 Dale Wood Holden Commodore +0.6311
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.6476
5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.7278
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +2.6523

Practice 5 – Top 5

1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2:05.9011
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.2480
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.2733
4 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.3148
5 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +0.4832
25 Dahlgren/Ritter Volvo S60 +2.4163

Practice 4 – Top 5

1 Steve Owen Ford Falcon 2:06.7774
2 Luke Youlden Holden Commodore +0.0178
3 Alexandre Prémat Volvo S60 +0.1108
4 Taz Douglas Nissan Altima +0.4137
5 Dean Canto Ford Falcon +0.5313
15 Greg Ritter Volvo S60 +1.0614

Practice 3 – Top 5

1 Reynolds/Canto Ford Falcon 2:06.3714
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.1099
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.1749
4 McLaughlin/Prémat Volvo S60 +0.4385
5 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +0.4784
25 Dahlgren/Ritter Volvo S60 +4.0685

Practice 2 – Top 5

1 Greg Murphy Holden Commodore 2:08.5365
2 Steve Richards Holden Commodore +0.3055
3 Luke Youlden Holden Commodore +0.5838
4 Dean Canto Holden Commodore +0.6169
5 Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon +0.6681
8 Alexandre Prémat Volvo S60 +0.8004
19 Greg Ritter Volvo S60 +2.6366

Practice 1 – Top 5

1 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 2:08.0736
2 James Moffat Nissan Altima +0.2096
3 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +0.3375
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.3936
5 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.3963
6 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.8434
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +3.3608

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Mount Panorama Circuit
Length: 6213 m
Lap record (V8SC): 2:08.4651, Jamie Whincup, 2007

TV Coverage

Australia:

Championship positions - Top 10
(30/38 races)

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 2547 points
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2250 (-297)
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 2208 (-339)
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 2096 (-451)
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore 2096 (-451)
6 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 2024 (-523)
7 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 1994 (-553)
8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1785 (-762)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 1662 (-885)
10 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1542 (-1005)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 663 (-1884)

Polestar Media Contact

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

11

OCT

Scott McLaughlin secures top three grid spot for Bathurst 1000

Volvo Polestar Racing driver Scott McLaughlin secured third position on the grid for the 2014 Bathurst 1000 race after the Saturday Top 10 Shootout. ”We have secured a solid grid position for the great race tomorrow. Of course, I wanted pole at Bathurst as much as anyone else, but I was a bit on the conservative side on my lap. This is the first track this year though where we have a race car instead of a qualifying car, so looking good for tomorrow,” said McLaughlin.
The decision on who is going to start the race between McLaughlin and co-driver Alexandre Prémat has not been decided yet, but the Frenchman is confident ahead of tomorrow.
”Scott has done a great job in qualifying and the car is awesome. We have already gained two places from fifth yesterday to third today, now we just need two more places tomorrow,” said Prémat with a smile.

Team mates Robert Dahlgren and Greg Ritter are going to start from 21st position in the #34 Volvo S60 Polestar V8SC.
”We have focused on getting a car that we think is going to be safe and quick around Mount Panorama. Both Greg and I have been able to produce consistent lap times, so I think we are going to have a good race,” said Dahlgren.
”I have a good feeling ahead of the race and I do look forward to start my 16th Bathurst 1000. The car is looking good and I hope that we can climb the order tomorrow,” said Ritter.

The 2014 Bathurst 1000 race starts 10:30 tomorrow local time when the Volvo Polestar Racing drivers are going to face the toughest V8 Supercars race of the year on the legendary Mount Panorama circuit.

Top 10 Shootout – Top 5

1 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 2:06.3267
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.3122
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.4515
4 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +0.7164
5 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.7301

Qualifying – Top 5

1 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 2:05.6080
2 Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.0931
3 Dale Wood Holden Commodore +0.6311
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.6476
5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.7278
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +2.6523

Practice 5 – Top 5

1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2:05.9011
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.2480
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.2733
4 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.3148
5 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +0.4832
25 Dahlgren/Ritter Volvo S60 +2.4163

Practice 4 – Top 5

1 Steve Owen Ford Falcon 2:06.7774
2 Luke Youlden Holden Commodore +0.0178
3 Alexandre Prémat Volvo S60 +0.1108
4 Taz Douglas Nissan Altima +0.4137
5 Dean Canto Ford Falcon +0.5313
15 Greg Ritter Volvo S60 +1.0614

Practice 3 – Top 5

1 Reynolds/Canto Ford Falcon 2:06.3714
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.1099
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.1749
4 McLaughlin/Prémat Volvo S60 +0.4385
5 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +0.4784
25 Dahlgren/Ritter Volvo S60 +4.0685

Practice 2 – Top 5

1 Greg Murphy Holden Commodore 2:08.5365
2 Steve Richards Holden Commodore +0.3055
3 Luke Youlden Holden Commodore +0.5838
4 Dean Canto Holden Commodore +0.6169
5 Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon +0.6681
8 Alexandre Prémat Volvo S60 +0.8004
19 Greg Ritter Volvo S60 +2.6366

Practice 1 – Top 5

1 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 2:08.0736
2 James Moffat Nissan Altima +0.2096
3 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +0.3375
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.3936
5 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.3963
6 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.8434
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +3.3608

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Mount Panorama Circuit
Length: 6213 m
Lap record (V8SC): 2:08.4651, Jamie Whincup, 2007

Schedule
(Times in UTC +10H)

Thursday 9/10
11:05 Practice 1 (50 min)
13:15 Practice 2 (45 min)
15:10 Practice 3 (50 min)

Friday 10/10
09:30 Practice 4 (45 min)
13:10 Practice 5 (50 min)
15:00 Qualifying (40 min)

Saturday 11/10
10:20 Practice 6 (50 min)
17:10 Top 10 Shootout (45 min)

Sunday 12/10
07:50 Warm Up (20 min)
10:30 Race 29 (161 laps)

TV Coverage

Australia:

Championship positions - Top 10
(29/38 races)

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 2325 points
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 2052 (-273)
3 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2046 (-279)
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 1982 (-343)
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore 1964 (-361)
6 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1856 (-469)
7 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 1694 (-631)
8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1677 (-648)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 1662 (-663)
10 David Reynolds Ford Falcon 1402 (-923)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 663 (-1662)

Polestar Media Contact

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

10

OCT

Volvo Polestar Racing in the top five of Bathurst qualifying

Volvo Polestar Racing driver Scott McLaughlin put his Volvo S60 Polestar V8S into the top five of the Bathurst 1000 qualifying session, meaning a spot in tomorrow’s Top 10 Shootout. ”The car was really good in qualifying and I look forward to the shootout tomorrow. We have definitely got a good chance for tomorrow and the race on Sunday,” said McLaughlin.
McLaughlin was fifth fastest in qualifying while team mate Robert Dahlgren put the #34 Volvo S60 Polestar V8SC on position 22, missing vital practice time yesterday after making contact with the wall in the third session.
”It was important for me to do further laps. Unfortunately I didn’t get that many laps yesterday, that cost me in qualifying. But I have improved my times the whole day and although I didn’t get up to the speed I wanted, the race is long and I look forward to it. I think we are going to have a good race pace,” said Dahlgren.

Co-drivers Alexandre Prémat and Greg Ritter were competitive in the co-drivers only sessions, with Prémat being third fastest in the fourth practice session.
”The car pace has been awesome. I look forward to see Scott in the shootout tomorrow and to start the race from a strong position,” said Prémat.
”We’ve had an okay day today. It is going to be a long day on Sunday and I look forward to another Bathurst 1000 together with Robert,” said Ritter.

McLaughlin is one of the drivers in tomorrow’s Top 10 Shootout where the first ten grid positions are going to be decided where the drivers get one flying lap to set their lap time, starting at 17:10 local time.

Qualifying – Top 5

1 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 2:05.6080
2 Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.0931
3 Dale Wood Holden Commodore +0.6311
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.6476
5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.7278
22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +2.6523

Practice 5 – Top 5

1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2:05.9011
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.2480
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.2733
4 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.3148
5 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +0.4832
25 Dahlgren/Ritter Volvo S60 +2.4163

Practice 4 – Top 5

1 Steve Owen Ford Falcon 2:06.7774
2 Luke Youlden Holden Commodore +0.0178
3 Alexandre Prémat Volvo S60 +0.1108
4 Taz Douglas Nissan Altima +0.4137
5 Dean Canto Ford Falcon +0.5313
15 Greg Ritter Volvo S60 +1.0614

Practice 3 – Top 5

1 Reynolds/Canto Ford Falcon 2:06.3714
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.1099
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.1749
4 McLaughlin/Prémat Volvo S60 +0.4385
5 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +0.4784
25 Dahlgren/Ritter Volvo S60 +4.0685

Practice 2 – Top 5

1 Greg Murphy Holden Commodore 2:08.5365
2 Steve Richards Holden Commodore +0.3055
3 Luke Youlden Holden Commodore +0.5838
4 Dean Canto Holden Commodore +0.6169
5 Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon +0.6681
8 Alexandre Prémat Volvo S60 +0.8004
19 Greg Ritter Volvo S60 +2.6366

Practice 1 – Top 5

1 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 2:08.0736
2 James Moffat Nissan Altima +0.2096
3 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +0.3375
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.3936
5 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.3963
6 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.8434
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +3.3608

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Mount Panorama Circuit
Length: 6213 m
Lap record (V8SC): 2:08.4651, Jamie Whincup, 2007

Schedule
(Times in UTC +10H)

Thursday 9/10
11:05 Practice 1 (50 min)
13:15 Practice 2 (45 min)
15:10 Practice 3 (50 min)

Friday 10/10
09:30 Practice 4 (45 min)
13:10 Practice 5 (50 min)
15:00 Qualifying (40 min)

Saturday 11/10
10:20 Practice 6 (50 min)
17:10 Top 10 Shootout (45 min)

Sunday 12/10
07:50 Warm Up (20 min)
10:30 Race 29 (161 laps)

TV Coverage

Australia:
Europe:
Sweden:
Web stream:

Championship positions - Top 10
(29/38 races)

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 2325 points
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 2052 (-273)
3 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2046 (-279)
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 1982 (-343)
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore 1964 (-361)
6 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1856 (-469)
7 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 1694 (-631)
8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1677 (-648)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 1662 (-663)
10 David Reynolds Ford Falcon 1402 (-923)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 663 (-1662)

Polestar Media Contact

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

07

OCT

Volvo Polestar Racing aiming for the podium at Bathurst

Volvo are back at the legendary Bathurst 1000 race this weekend, 16 years after the iconic victory with the Volvo S40 Super Touring in 1998. This year Volvo Polestar Racing are aiming to be back on the podium.
”I am really excited to head to Bathurst as a Volvo factory driver. It is such a great race and I really think we have a good chance for a strong result,” said Scott McLaughlin.

The V8 Supercars drivers will fight over 1000 kilometers for victory in the legendary race which is the second of three endurance race in this year’s championship. The endurance cup started with the Sandown 500 race four weeks ago where McLaughlin and co-driver Alexandre Prémat fought for a podium until an incident in the pits stopped them.

”I am very excited to race at Bathurst again and with the pace of the Volvo, we will be going for a podium finish this weekend. I have driven a number of great racing circuits around the world, but Bathurst is simply amazing,” said Prémat.

Robert Dahlgren is going to race his first ever Bathurst 1000 and is confident that the circuit will suit the Volvo S60 Polestar V8SC.

”We made strong progress at Sandown and I am optimistic ahead of Bathurst. It will be a good circuit for the Volvo. It is a fast and flowing circuit, something suiting our car really well. I am really looking forward to this weekend, this is one of those races in the world that you have to do at least once in your life,” said Dahlgren.

Greg Ritter provides the experience as co-driver to Dahlgren, completing his 16th Bathurst 1000 race this year.

"I look forward to heading to Bathurst each year, having driven for Garry for the last nine years. I am especially looking forward to the race this year with the pace of Volvos this season,” said Ritter.

The Mount Panorama, Motor Racing Circuit Bathurst features a technically challenging 6 kilometer lap with a mix of fast and slow corners, including a total height difference of 174 meters.

The 2014 Bathurst 1000 race weekend kicks off with practice sessions on Thursday, followed by qualifying on Friday and Saturday. The race starts 10:30 local time on Saturday which includes pitstops for tyre change, refueling, service and mandatory driver changes.

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – V8 Supercars

Circuit: Mount Panorama Circuit
Length: 6213 m
Lap record (V8SC): 2:08.4651, Jamie Whincup, 2007

Schedule
(Times in UTC +10H)

Thursday 9/10
11:05 Practice 1 (50 min)
13:15 Practice 2 (45 min)
15:10 Practice 3 (50 min)

Friday 10/10
09:30 Practice 4 (45 min)
13:10 Practice 5 (50 min)
15:00 Qualifying (40 min)

Saturday 11/10
10:20 Practice 6 (50 min)
17:10 Top 10 Shootout (45 min)

Sunday 12/10
07:50 Warm Up (20 min)
10:30 Race 29 (161 laps)

TV Coverage

Australia:

Championship positions - Top 10
(29/38 races)

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 2325 points
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 2052 (-273)
3 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2046 (-279)
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 1982 (-343)
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore 1964 (-361)
6 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1856 (-469)
7 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 1694 (-631)
8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1677 (-648)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 1662 (-663)
10 David Reynolds Ford Falcon 1402 (-923)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 663 (-1662)

Polestar Media Contact

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

05

OCT

Video: Thed Björk's journey to the 2014 STCC title

Thed Björk secured his third STCC title at Mantorp Park in Sweden two weeks ago. Join the Volvo Polestar Racing driver during the season finale in our latest video.

Björk managed to secure his second straight STCC title, something only three drivers has managed before in the 18-year history of the championship. But his journey to the title was not easy.

 

The season started tough with Björk being down in fifth position in the championship after the first races at Knutstorp. Björk then started a decisive fight back to the lead and arrived to the season finale with a 31-point lead over main title rival and BMW driver Fredrik Larsson.

 

Björk needed fourth position in the penultimate race to secure the title if Larsson was to win the race. Join Björk and his engineer Per Blomberg during the decisive season finale:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37IUGl9ol_Y 

03

OCT

The Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar – What our race drivers drive to work

Polestar has raced Volvo cars since its foundation in 1996. Countless hours of preparation, development, experiences and victories on racing circuits all over the world.
The new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar is our first step into the performance car market, taking our gathered knowledge of pushing Volvo cars to the very limit further on to customers on selected markets around the world.

Our ambition for the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar has been to create a performance car for all seasons. No matter the weather. No matter the road. No matter the conditions.

The cars are based on our engineers’ and drivers’ knowledge and experience from the racing circuits, combined with their vision on the optimal all-year performance car.

”Creating a performance car for all seasons is much like creating a setup for the perfect race car,” said Thed Björk, triple and reigning STCC champion for Volvo Polestar Racing.

”To create a championship winning race car the target is to develop a car that I as a racing driver can rely on in all situations. No matter if it is a one-shot qualifying lap or a three-car fight for the lead on the final lap. We need drivability in all situations. Just like on the road. We want a car that we can live with all year, no matter sunshine or snow, a Sunday ride or a long trip with the family, and at the same time being able to enjoy the performance. I am very much pleased with what we have created with the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar.”

The result is the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar – What our race drivers drive to work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCo-ggsxbOQ

More information about the cars on www.nextpolestar.com

20

SEP

Thed Björk and Volvo Polestar Racing claims 2014 STCC title

Thed Björk secured his second consecutive STCC title in the season finale at Mantorp Park as Volvo Polestar Racing claimed the team title for the second straight year. ”The feeling is indescribable! I have fought hard together with my team and they have made an awesome job all year. To crown the season with my third STCC title is incredible and something I value highly in my racing career,” said Björk.
Fredrik Ekblom claimed third position in the championship after winning his 30th STCC race in the very last race of 2014.
”A really nice end to the year after a really fun battle with Thed in the race. I am not pleased with third in the championship, we had too much bad luck to be able to challenge for the title. But I have had the speed to win all year and that is the important thing for me,” said Ekblom.

Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte had a tough weekend where he retired from the first race and finished 13th in the final race, but summarizes the season as positive nonetheless.
”I am not pleased with the weekend in terms of results. But I take the positive points from this season with me as we have taken important steps forward. I scored points in seven consecutive races and claimed a new personal best at Knutstorp. I look forward to 2015,” said Bernadotte.

The Volvo Polestar Racing drivers had a strong season finale where Ekblom was fastest in the first qualifying session and Björk in the second. The last race saw the both fighting hard for the win and it was not until the penultimate corner that the fight was decided with Ekblom fighting his way past Björk.

Thanks to the strong result, Volvo Polestar Racing claims the STCC team championship title for the second consecutive year, beating BMW Dealer Team WestCoast Racing with 98 points.
”Thed Björk joins a rare club of drivers whom have managed to claim two consecutive STCC titles, something both he and the team can be really proud over. The STCC gold and bronze together with the team title is an almost perfect result that we take with us to the 2015 STCC where we aim to be back in at least as strong form,” said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director of Volvo Cars.
 
Results Race 1 – Top 5

1 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR 15 laps
2 Andreas Wernersson Kia Optima +5.632
3 Linus Ohlsson Kia Optima +6.111
4 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +6.375
5 Daniel Haglöf Volvo S60 +6.825
6 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +7.194
DNF Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60
 
Results Race 2 – Top 5
 
1 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 15 laps
2 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +0.856
3 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR +1.173
4 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 +1.345
5 Philip Forsman BMW SR +6.518
...
13 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +1:18.018

Results Q1 – Top 5

1 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 1:16.119
2 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +0.165
3 Mattias Lindberg Kia Optima +0.360
4 Philip Forsman BMW SR +0.438
5 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 +0.521
12 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +1.613

Results Q2 – Top 5

1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 1:16.631
2 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +0.054
3 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 +0.545
4 Philip Forsman BMW SR +0.622
5 Linus Ohlsson Kia Optima +1.686

Results Test 1 – Top 5

1 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 1:16.689
2 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +0.102
3 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +0.340
4 Daniel Haglöf Saab 9-3 +0.410
5 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 +0.412
12 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +1.889

Results Test 2 – Top 5

1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 1:16.680
2 Philip Forsman BMW SR +0.210
3 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +0.425
4 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 +0.614
5 Mattias Lindberg Kia Optima +0.691
9 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +1.139

STCC Yokohama Grande Finale Mantorp Park

Circuit: Mantorp Park
Length: 3 125 m
Lap record (STCC): 1:17.034, Richard Göransson (2013)

TV Schedule

Live på www.svtplay.se
Highlights i SVT2 18:00 lördag 20/9

Final championship positions - Top 10
(12/12 races)

1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 249 points
2 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR 206 (-43)
3 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 195 (-54)
4 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 145 (-104)
5 Philip Forsman BMW SR 144 (-105)
6 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE 141 (-108)
7 Mattias Lindberg Kia Optima 123 (-126)
8 Linus Ohlsson Kia Optima 120 (-129)
9 Andreas Wernersson Kia Optima 91 (-158)
10 Erik Jonsson BMW SR 79 (-170)
12 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 22 (-227)
 
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Thed Björk takes one step closer to STCC title after qualifying

Thed Björk took an important step towards the title after having dominated the last STCC qualifying session of 2014 at Mantorp Park together with team mate Fredrik Ekblom. ”Everything has gone according to plan so far and I am really pleased with my lap times. But it is not only up to me. My mechanics have provided me with a perfect car and I have got an engineer who is on top of everything,” said Björk.
Fastest driver in the first qualifying session was Ekblom who scored 25 points to the championship and closes in on BMW driver Fredrik Larsson in the fight for second place in the championship. 11 points separates the both with 50 points left to fight for.
”The car has been amazing and I am happy to have improved my qualifying average further. We have had a lot of bad luck this year, but the speed has been there all the time and I am proud to have qualified best of all this year. I have gained on Larsson, but I am going to do my very best tomorrow and try to win,” said Ekblom.

Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte is going to start from 12th position on the grid for both races, a position he is not pleased with.
”I didn’t get it right this time. We are going to go through the data ahead of tomorrow and see if we can improve something,” said Bernadotte.

Tomorrow starts with the penultimate STCC race of 2014 at 12:35 CET, followed by the last race at 15:25. Björk heads the championship, 43 points ahead of Larsson which means that if Björk finishes sixth in either of the races, he is going to secure the title no matter where Larsson finishes.

Results Q1 – Top 5

1 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 1:16.119
2 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +0.165
3 Mattias Lindberg Kia Optima +0.360
4 Philip Forsman BMW SR +0.438
5 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 +0.521
12 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +1.613

Results Q2 – Top 5

1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 1:16.631
2 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +0.054
3 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 +0.545
4 Philip Forsman BMW SR +0.622
5 Linus Ohlsson Kia Optima +1.686

Results Test 1 – Top 5

1 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 1:16.689
2 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +0.102
3 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +0.340
4 Daniel Haglöf Saab 9-3 +0.410
5 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 +0.412
12 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +1.889

Results Test 2 – Top 5

1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 1:16.680
2 Philip Forsman BMW SR +0.210
3 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +0.425
4 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 +0.614
5 Mattias Lindberg Kia Optima +0.691
9 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +1.139

STCC Yokohama Grande Finale Mantorp Park

Circuit: Mantorp Park
Length: 3 125 m
Lap record (STCC): 1:17.034, Richard Göransson (2013)

Schedule

Friday 19/9
11:45 – Test 1 (30 min)
13:15 – Test 2 (30 min)
16:05 – Q1 (15 min)
16:25 – Q2 (20 min)

Saturday 20/9
12:35 – Race 1 (25 min)
15:25 – Race 2 (25 min)

TV Broadcasts

Highlights in SVT2 18:00 Saturday 20/9

2014 STCC Calendar

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

Championship positions - Top 10
(10/12 races)
 
1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 249 points
2 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR 206 (-43)
3 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 195 (-54)
4 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 145 (-104)
5 Philip Forsman BMW SR 144 (-105)
6 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE 141 (-108)
7 Mattias Lindberg Kia Optima 123 (-126)
8 Linus Ohlsson Kia Optima 120 (-129)
9 Andreas Wernersson Kia Optima 91 (-158)
10 Erik Jonsson BMW SR 79 (-170)
12 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 22 (-227)

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Phone: +46 [0]70 241 3234
 
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