Scott McLaughlin scores a podium finish in the second ever V8 Supercars race for #Volvo #Polestar Racing in Adelaide after an exciting last-lap battle with champion Jamie Whincup.
Scott McLaughlin secured a strong podium finish in the second ever V8 Supercars race for Volvo Polestar Racing. The young Kiwi thrilled the crowds with a tough last-lap battle with reigning champion Jamie Whincup to take second position in the second race of the 2014 V8 Supercars premiere in Adelaide.
”What an amazing day for Volvo Polestar Racing and GRM. I can’t thank them and the fans enough. I never thought I’d get a trophy here but I did!” said McLaughlin.
The 20-year-old started from second position on the grid and fought hard all through the race with Red Bull Racing Australia driver Whincup. The fight escalated on the last lap with Whincup making a move four corners from the end. The duo ran side by side for three corners, with Whincup getting past going into the last corner. But McLaughlin was able to get back past in the drag race to the finishing line.
”I slowed down too much, I should have blocked Whincup a bit better. But he got me and we went side-by-side and it was pretty good racing. I got him in the end and this is for sure one of my best races ever!” said McLaughlin.
Team mate Robert Dahlgren fought hard in the two first 125 kilometer races of the race weekend in Adelaide to 21st position in race one and 23rd position in race two.
”I am of course not pleased with the results. But to expect to be in the top straight away would just be naive, especially on this track. I had about 15 laps in the dry with this car ahead of this weekend and I’ve driven many times that now. I have made a lot of progress and my aim is of course to climb in the result list,” said Dahlgren.
McLaughlin crossed the line in seventh position in the first race, meaning fourth position in the drivers championship.
”Scott performed an amazing race and to get a podium finish in our very first race weekend is amazing. Just as the results in qualifying yesterday, this exceeds our expectations by far,” said Christian Dahl, owner of Polestar.
Watch the video of the epic fight from today’s race: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBCmGCiFuYA
The 2014 V8 Supercars premiere weekend at Clipsal 500 in Adelaide continues tomorrow with the third and final race of 250 kilometers, starting at 15.15 local time.
Race 1 Results – Top 10
1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 39 laps
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +2.777
3 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +7.842
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +13.906
5 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +19.237
6 Rick Kelly Nissan Altima +24.020
7 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +24.462
8 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +24.749
9 James Courtney Holden Commodore +31.172
10 Scott Pye Ford Falcon +32.804
21 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1 lap
Race 2 Results – Top 10
1 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 39 laps
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +4.7327
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +5.5509
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +14.7951
5 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +15.0202
6 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +15.3238
7 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +15.6715
8 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +24.5559
9 Todd Kelly Nissan Altia +25.2735
10 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG +25.5190
23 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +48.7873
Volvo Polestar Racing driver Scott McLaughlin impressed by securing a front row grid start for the second V8 Supercars race at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide. The young Kiwi was second fastest in the first ever qualifying session for the all-new Volvo S60 Polestar V8SC, just one tenth from pole position-man Craig Lowndes.
”This has been an amazing day, I am really pleased. A huge thanks to everyone in the team and we have an exciting day ahead of us tomorrow,” said McLaughlin.
The 20-year-old was on pace all through practice to the first qualifying session where he was fifth fastest.
Team mate and V8 Supercars newcomer Robert Dahlgren had a tough first ever qualifying run and will start from 21st position in the first race, just over one second from fastest time, and 25th for the second.
”It was a tough first qualifying, I just wasn’t able to get it right. But I never expected it to be easy, this is very different from anything I have driven before. I love it though and I can’t wait for the first race and continue to learn and process new information,” said Dahlgren.
The first race of the weekend starts tomorrow at 16.20 local time with the second race at 17.50, set in twilight conditions.
”The qualifying result well exceeds our expectations. GRM has done a good job with the car and I am pleased with the performance of our engines. Race day tomorrow is of course a whole other deal, but we are very much looking forward to it,” said Christian Dahl, owner of Polestar.
Video: Join Scott McLaughlin onboard for a lap around Adelaide.
Qualifying for Race 1 – Top 10
1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1:20.5849
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.1518
3 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.2355
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.2463
5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.2501
6 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.2610
7 Todd Kelly Nissan Altima +0.3382
8 Scott Pye Holden Commodore +0.3630
9 Tim Slade Holden Commodore +0.3754
10 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +4743
21 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1.1802
Qualifying for Race 2 – Top 10
1 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 1:20.4155
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.1103
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.1544
4 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +0.2319
5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.2745
6 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG +0.2964
7 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +0.3182
8 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.3580
9 Scott Pye Ford Falcon +0.4053
10 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +0.4375
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1.3770
Complete results: http://bit.ly/1bnL9Z2
Clipsal 500 Adelaide – V8 Supercars
Circuit: Adelaide Parklands street circuit
Length: 3219 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:21.0507, Jamie Whincup (2012)
(Times in UTC +10.5H)
10:15 – Practice 1
11:55 – Practice 2
13:40 – Practice 3
15:00 – Qualifying Race 1
15:25 – Qualifying Race 2
13:50 – Practice 4
16:20 – Race 1 (39 laps)
17:50 – Race 2 (39 laps)
12:00 – Qualifying Race 3
12:35 – Top Ten Shootout
15:15 – Race 3 (78 laps)
Meet the new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar, a driver’s car for real life.
”We have created a true driver’s car which is not limited only to a few specific driving conditions, but enjoyable on everything from your favourite winding roads to taking the family for a long journey, no matter summer or winter,” said Robert Dahlgren, Polestar racing and test driver.
The S60 and V60 Polestar will be produced in a limited run of 750 cars, set for Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA. The first cars will leave the Volvo factory in June.
Visit www.nextpolestar.com for further information.
Robert Dahlgren is joining Volvo Polestar Racing for the 2014 V8 Supercars, becoming the first ever Swede to take part in a full season of the Australian championship.
“I am really happy to be joining Volvo Polestar Racing in V8 Supercars, it is a dream come true for me,” said Dahlgren.
“The V8 Supercars is a championship like no other in the world and one that every racing driver wants to race in. I will be facing experienced and fast drivers who know the championship and circuits inside out, but I am looking forward to the challenge – it’s definitely one of the biggest of my career.”
Dahlgren finished third in the 2013 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, in his 10th consecutive season as a factory driver for Volvo Polestar Racing. He joined Volvo at age of 24 after rising through the ranks of formula racing, winning the Swedish and Nordic Formula Ford Championships before moving to England and winning the intensely competitive British Formula Ford Championship in 2001.
The 34-year-old is an experienced driver with a solid background of developing road and racing cars for Volvo and Polestar. He was the development driver of the Volvo C30 1.6T S2000, which he successfully raced in the Swedish, Scandinavian and World Touring Car Championship from 2008 to 2011. Robert has also been a fundamental part in the development of the Volvo S60 Polestar road car, which made its debut in Australia last year.
”The Volvo S60 is a car Robert knows inside out, so we’re delighted he’s joining our racing programme,” said Matt Braid, Managing Director Volvo Car Australia.
“Robert’s experience and ability to develop a race car will be critical in our debut racing season, so we’re all looking forward to seeing what he – and Scott – can do with the Volvo S60 out on the track.”
Dahlgren is going to team up together with young Kiwi Scott McLaughlin, the 2013 V8 Supercars Rookie of the Year, driving Volvo Polestar Racing S60s this season.
”We are happy to have Robert join our Volvo Polestar Racing outfit in Australia. His experience of developing racing cars is vast, something that will be very useful in his and our first year in the very competitive and exciting V8 Supercars,” said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director of Volvo Cars.
The 2014 V8 Supercars season starts on March 2 with the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.
Personal Details – Robert Dahlgren
Birthday: 1 December 1979
Born: Skellefteå, Sweden
Lives: Melbourne, Australia
Marital status: Married to Nina, children Tim and Molly
Career Details – Robert Dahlgren
2013 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship 3rd
2010 Swedish Touring Car Championship 2nd
2010 Scandinavian Touring Car Cup Champion
2007 Swedish Touring Car Championship 2nd
2004 Swedish Touring Car Championship 2nd
2001 Formula Ford UK Champion
2000 Formula Ford EUR 2nd
1998 Formula Ford SWE Champion
1998 Formula Ford Nordic Champion
For more information, visit www.polestar.com
The FIA World Touring Car Championship weekend in China turned out to be tough for Thed Björk and Volvo Polestar Racing despite being on pace with the very top of the field.
”I would of course have liked to finished better. But we showed that we have the pace to challenge the top guys of WTCC and I am very proud of that,” said Björk.
The double STCC champion started the weekend by being fastest in practice, despite never having seen the track before and with a car that had not been raced with for two years. The impressive paced continued in qualifying where Björk was seventh fastest, six tenths from pole position, but was not allowed to take part in the second qualifying session as the FIA classified the car as nationally homologated.
”The car worked like dream from the first lap on all areas, from straight line speed to handling. To be in the top of qualifying was very satisfying and I had a lot of traffic on my fastest lap, so we had more to give,” said Björk.
Björk started from 17th position on the grid for both races. But the Swede was never able to take part in the first race due to an electrical problem. The team repaired the problem ahead of the second race which saw Björk finishing 15th.
”The second race was as tough as we expected, especially as the track was slippery after some light rain. I fought hard and while 15th position isn’t telling the entire story of our weekend, I am still pleased. This was a one-off entry and we showed that we are on par with Chevrolet, Honda and the others in terms of performance. That is what we bring with us back home to Sweden,” said Björk.
The WTCC race in China marked the last race of 2013 for Volvo Polestar Racing. Next up is the 2014 V8 Supercars premiere in Australia on March 2nd at Adelaide Street Circuit.
”We are very pleased to see that Thed and the car is competitive. We suffered a bit from not having raced in the championship since 2011, but that was to be expected. It was also great to see that the enthusiasm for racing in China has grown a lot since last time we were here at Tiamna in 2011,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Motorsport Commercial Director at Volvo Cars.
WTCC Race 1 Shanghai Results – Top 10
1 Tom Chilton Chevrolet Cruze 12 laps
2 Yvan Muller Chevrolet Cruze +0.010
3 James Nash Chevrolet Cruze +14.737
4 Alex MacDowall Chevrolet Cruze +15.455
5 Pepe Oriola Chevrolet Cruze +16.441
6 Rob Huff SEAT León +16.585
7 Gabriele Tarquini Honda Civic +16.799
8 James Thompson Lada Granta +16.825
9 Tom Boardman SEAT León +16.931
10 Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic +17.683
DNS Thed Björk Volvo C30
WTCC Race 2 Shanghai Results – Top 10
1 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic 10 laps
2 Gabriele Tarquini Honda Civic +1.178
3 Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic +5.470
4 Rob Huff SEAT León +5.470
5 Yvan Muller Chevrolet Cruze +5.739
6 James Nash Chevrolet Cruze +7.423
7 Pepe Oriola Chevrolet Cruze +7.987
8 Tom Coronel BMW 320 TC +8.042
9 Stefano D’Aste BMW 320 TC +11.407
10 Tom Chilton Chevrolet Cruze +13.608
15 Thed Björk Volvo C30 +19.934
Linus Ohlsson and Thed Björk ended the season in the best possible way with a double victory for Volvo Polestar Racing in the STCC finale at Mantorp Park. Newly crowned STCC champion Björk won the very last race of the weekend and year.
“A perfect end to an awesome year. This season with Volvo and Polestar is the best in my career. A big thanks to everyone in the team and especially my engineer Jan Andersson,” said Björk.
22-year-old Ohlsson claimed his second victory for the season after dominating the first race of the weekend from start to finish.
“The car was perfect in the first race, I got a gap already after the first half lap that I was able to keep to the end. I am really pleased to finish the year this well,” said Ohlsson.
Robert Dahlgren had to fight hard in the season finale and had the aim for second place in the championship from BMW driver Richard Göransson. Fifth place in the first race and a strong second in the final race was nearly enough, Dahlgren secured third in the championship just one point from Göransson.
“I had problems with the car and I was hit from behind in the first race unfortunately. A podium in the last race is good, but I would of course liked a better result, something we had the pace for,” said Dahlgren.
The STCC finale was eventful for Fredrik Ekblom who fought to second in the first race after a hard fight with both Dahlgren and Citroën driver Jocke Mangs. The second race ended in the gravel trap unfortunately after a collision with Göransson which resulted in a penalty for the BMW driver.
“The only thing for me ahead of the finale was to go all in, which we really did. The first race was good, but I was unfortunately taken out in the second. I am not happy with the season, but the form curve has pointed up at the end of the season and that is for sure positive,” said Ekblom.
Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte ended the season by scoring points for the fifth time this year and summarizes his STCC debut year with Volvo Polestar Racing as positive.
“A good end to a year which I think can be summarized as positive. We have taken steps forward all the way during the season and I have learned a lot. I am looking forward to next year,” said Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte.
The 2013 STCC season resulted in the STCC drivers’ title for Thed Björk, the STCC manufacturers’ title for Volvo and bronze for Robert Dahlgren. Volvo Polestar Racing secured ten out of 12 victories and 24 out of 36 podium finishes.
“We extended the cooperation with Polestar ahead of the 2005 season and it is the hard work during these years that has payed off now. The 2013 STCC season is without a doubt one of the best in the history of Volvo. The drivers and staff in the team have done an amazing job this year and it is really good to end the season with two eventful and successful races,” said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director of Volvo Cars.
Results – Mantorp Park – Race 1
1 Linus Ohlsson Volvo S60 15 laps
2 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +3.149
3 Jocke Mangs Citroën C5 +6.989
4 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +7.099
5 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +12.366
6 Tomas Engström Honda Civic +13.525
7 Robin Rudholm BMW SR +14.201
8 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +14.653
9 Andreas Wernersson Citroën C5 +14.921
10 Philip Forsman BMW SR +15.121
11 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR +17.090
12 Daniel Haglöf Saab 9-3 +22.060
13 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +22.434
14 Daniel Roos Saab 9-3 +24.792
15 Roger Samuelsson Saab 9-3 +1:16.416
16 Richard Göransson BMW SR DNF
Results – Mantorp Park – Race 2
1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 15 laps
2 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1.188
3 Jocke Mangs Citroën C5 +1.996
4 Linus Ohlsson Volvo S60 +2.146
5 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +15.036
6 Andreas Wernersson Citroën C5 +18.194
7 Philip Forsman BMW SR +18.247
8 Daniel Haglöf Saab 9-3 +18.393
9 Richard Göransson BMW SR +24.489
10 Carl Philip Bernadotte +26.668
11 Robin Rudholm BMW SR +28.033
12 Daniel Roos Saab 9-3 +28.454
13 Roger Samuelsson Saab 9-3 +1:04.604
14 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR +1 lap
15 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 DNF
16 Tomas Engström Honda Civic DNF
Final standings drivers
258 Thed Björk
161 Richard Göransson
160 Robert Dahlgren
146 Linus Ohlsson
140 Fredrik Ekblom
105 Fredrik Larsson
78 Jocke Mangs
65 Mattias Andersson
63 Daniel Haglöf
36 Robin Rudholm
18 Tomas Engström
10 Carl Philip Bernadotte
10 Andreas Wernersson
10 Roar Lindland
8 Alexander Graff
7 Philip Forsman
4 Alx Danielsson
3 Niclas Olsson
1 Fredrik Magnusson
Final standings manufacturers
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