Jubiläumssaison für HEICO SPORTIV

5. VLN Lauf, Nürburgring-Nordschleife 2013 - Foto: Thomas Hinz

HEICO SPORTIV startet auch 2014 im Rahmen der VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft auf der Nürburgring-Nordschleife und geht damit in seine 20. Motorsportsaison. Zum Einsatz kommt ein weiterentwickelter Volvo V40 D5 mit innovativem Biokraftstoff, der von den eigenen Mitarbeitern Patrick Brenndörfer und Martin Müller pilotiert wird.

St188 Heico Sportiv; Volvo C30 D5

1995 startete das Vorgängerteam von HEICO SPORTIV erstmals mit einem Volvo 850 T5 beim 24h-Rennen auf der Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Ein Einsatz, der Fans und Beteiligte noch heute begeistert. 2014 startet HEICO SPORTIV in seine 20. Motorsportsaison und weist damit die längste und kontinuierlichste Motorsporthistorie mit der Marke Volvo auf.

Nach dem Volvo 850 T5 (1995 – 1997), dem S40 2.0/T4 (1998 – 2004), dem „ODIN“ auf Basis des S40 T5 (2006 – 2007) und der Ethanol-Ära im C30 T5 (2008 – 2011) debütierte 2013 der Volvo V40 mit einem bärenstarken D5-Motor. Rund 300 PS und 600 Nm Drehmoment machen schnell klar: Mit seinen seriennahen Urahnen hat der aktuelle Rennwagen nicht mehr viel gemeinsam. Reichte 1995 noch ein – nach dem damaligen Gruppe A Reglement – modifiziertes Serienfahrzeug zum Erfolg, bedarf es anno 2014 schon etwas mehr Motorsport-High-Tech. Ein modifizierter 2,5-Liter Fünfzylinder-Dieselmotor, ein sequenzielles Renngetriebe mit Lenkradschaltung, eine um 60 Millimeter breitere Vorderachse mit veränderter Kinematik und viel Elektronik- und Softwareentwicklung sind heute notwendig, um im harten Wettbewerbsumfeld der Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring (VLN) erfolgreich bestehen zu können.

Für die neue Saison wurden darüber hinaus eine signifikante Gewichtserleichterung erzielt und alle vier Türen, die vorderen Kotflügel inkl. der Radhausverbreiterungen und die Heckklappe durch Bauteile aus leichter Kohlefaser ersetzt.

Green Racing mit innovativem Dieselkraftstoff R33

Traditionell setzt HEICO SPORTIV auf alternative Kraftstoffe. Biodiesel ist eine der tragenden Säulen des zukünftigen Energiemix, ohne die eine Erreichung der Klimaschutzziele in Europa nicht möglich sein wird. Mit R33 kommt erstmals ein normgerechter hochwertiger Kraftstoff mit insgesamt 33 % regenerativen bzw. biogenen Kraftstoffkomponenten zum Einsatz. Der R33 setzt sich aus einem klar definierten Rohstoffmix zusammen und besteht aus 7 % Biodiesel (geliefert durch den Evonik-Kunden Tecosol, Ochsenfurt, und wird ausschließlich aus gebrauchtem Rapsöl hergestellt), 26 % hydriertem Pflanzenöl und 67 % Dieselkraftstoff. R33 entspricht der Dieselnorm DIN EN 590 und kann in allen Dieselfahrzeugen uneingeschränkt verwendet werden.

Das Projekt wird 2014 bereits im dritten Jahr durch den Spezialchemiekonzern Evonik begleitet. Evonik Industries ist ein weltweit führender Hersteller der für die Biodieselherstellung benötigten Alkoholat-Katalysatoren und damit wichtiger Partner dieser Industrie. Biodiesel ist Grundvoraussetzung, um in der Klasse für “Alternative Kraftstoffe” (AT) starten zu dürfen. Dort tritt HEICO SPORTIV gegen Fabrikate aus dem Hause Audi, BMW und VW an und rechnet sich reelle Siegchancen aus.

Routinierte Fahrer, langjährige Partner

Neben Evonik sind Castrol (mit dem Motorenöl Castrol EDGE) und Pirelli (Reifen) weitere wichtige Technologiepartner. Technische Unterstützung gibt es von Bilstein, Eibach, Remus, Holinger, HJS und dem Institut für Verbrennungskraftmaschinen und Fahrzeugantriebe (VKM) der Technische Universität Darmstadt. Auch am Steuer setzt man auf Kontinuität: Bereits seit 2002 bestreiten die HEICO SPORTIV Mitarbeiter Patrick Brenndörfer (Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit) und Martin Müller (Produktentwicklung) gemeinsam die Rennen der VLN.

Los geht’s am 12. April beim 39. DMV 4-Stunden-Rennen, anschließend folgen weitere Starts bei ausgesuchten VLN-Terminen, die auf der Homepage bekannt gegeben werden.

5. VLN Lauf, Nürburgring-Nordschleife 2013 - Foto: Thomas Hinz

Tourenwagen-Revival beim 24h-Rennen

Ein weiteres Highlight der Jubiläumssaison ist die Teilnahme mit dem Volvo 240 Turbo Gruppe A am Tourenwagen-Revival im Rahmen des 24h-Rennen auf dem Nürburgring. Der Volvo 240 Turbo ist baugleich mit jenen Fahrzeugen, die Mitte der 1980er Jahre das Renngeschehen im Tourenwagensport beherrschten. 1985 gewann der Schwede Per Stureson den Meistertitel in der DTM und verwies damit Gegner wie Olaf Manthey (Rover), Harald Grohs (BMW) und Roland Asch (Ford) auf die Plätze. Darüber hinaus sicherten sich Gianfranco Brancatelli und Thomas Lindström die Tourenwagen-Europameisterschaft. Das Tourenwagen-Revival findet vom 19. – 21. Juni auf dem Nürburgring statt.

Volvo Polestar Racing to Tasmania for continued championship battle

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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)

Historic first V8 Supercars victory for Volvo Polestar Racing

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Scott McLaughlin entered the history books today as he scored the first V8 Supercars victory for Volvo Polestar Racing in the final race of the Formula 1 weekend 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, who won the first three races, 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 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

Thrilling podium finish for Volvo Polestar Racing in V8SC-debut

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.

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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 claims front row start in V8 Supercars debut

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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)

Schedule
(Times in UTC +10.5H)

Friday 28/2
10:15 – Practice 1
11:55 – Practice 2
13:40 – Practice 3
15:00 – Qualifying Race 1
15:25 – Qualifying Race 2

Saturday 1/3
13:50 – Practice 4
16:20 – Race 1 (39 laps)
17:50 – Race 2 (39 laps)

Sunday 2/3
12:00 – Qualifying Race 3
12:35 – Top Ten Shootout
15:15 – Race 3 (78 laps)

TV Coverage

Europe:

http://www.motorstv.com

Webstream:

http://www.v8supercars.com.au/v8live/schedule

First video of the new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar

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 joins Volvo Polestar Racing for V8 Supercars

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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

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