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Ausgabe vom 26.09.2013


Volvo Polestar Racing is going to take part in the FIA World Touring Car Championship races at Shanghai International Circuit in China with newly crowned STCC champion Thed Björk.
"We are entering this race to check the pulse of WTCC, as well as celebrating Thed Björk's amazing performance in the STCC this year," said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Motorsport Commercial Director at Volvo Cars.
Björk, who secured the 2013 STCC title after winning eight of twelve races this season, is going to drive a Volvo C30 1.6T in the two races in China on November 2-3rd.
"I am looking forward to make my WTCC debut with Volvo and I am very grateful to get this opportunity. The WTCC is a very competitive championship and the challenge for us is going to be great, but that is only fueling my motivation," said Björk.
Volvo Polestar Racing ran one Volvo C30 1.6T with Robert Dahlgren in the 2011 WTCC, the very car Björk is going to drive at Shanghai.
"We moved our focus to the Volvo S60 model as our primary car for motorsport in 2012, the model that we are currently racing in Sweden and USA and that we will race in the Australian V8 Supercars next year. While our S60 model does not match WTCC well today, we still think WTCC represents possibly the best value for money and one-fits-all global motorsport solution if you want to race with a smaller c-segment car. Consequently, we are keen on staying closely informed and this is precisely our objective with Shanghai, not outright performance and results," said Murdzevski Schedvin.
32-year-old Björk is one of the most merited Swedish racing drivers with experience from F3000, DTM and Le Mans. His merits include two STCC titles, the 2001 FIA Sportscar SR2 title and the 1999 Swedish and Nordic Formula 3 titles. Björk is going to face touch opposition from drivers such as Yvan Muller (Chevrolet) and Gabriele Tarquini (Honda) in the WTCC races at Shanghai.
"We know that we have got a tough race weekend ahead of us as we never before have raced at the circuit. We keep our ambitions realistic, to make it to the top ten would be a great result, but our main mission is to gather data and information. Nonetheless, I am going to give my very best and there is no doubt that we have two exciting races ahead of us," said Björk.

Facts Thed Björk

Lives in Karlskoga, Sweden
Born on December 14th, 1980
2013 - STCC Champion
2012 - TTA 3rd
2011 - Camaro Cup Sweden Champion
2009 - STCC 2nd
2008 - STCC 3rd
2006 - STCC Champion
2005 - STCC 2nd
2003 - GTR Sweden Champion
2001 - FIA SR2 Champion
1999 - F3 Nordic Champion
1999 - F3 Sweden Champion
Entweder sie bekommen einen Einstufungsbonus und rocken den Laden, oder es wird wieder "nur" die Top10. :cool: ;)
Ohne Bonus halte ich eine Platzierung unter den Top10 für ziemlich unrealistisch. Andererseits haben sie auch nichts zu verlieren. Also volle Attacke. :cool:
In den freien Trainings sah es ja noch ganz gut aus, auch im Quali1, aber dann hat ihn die Realität eingeholt. Nur auf P12 und dann die Chevrolet weit weg in einer anderen Liga. Morgen unter die Top 10 und das wird es dann gewesen sein. Andererseits war auch nicht mehr zu erwarten.
Diesen Ausflug hätte man sich auch sparen können. Im Quali untergewichtig und damit strafversetzt. Nur im 2. Rennen im Ziel als 15. :mad:
Die Chevrolet hätte man längst etwas einbremsen müssen. Außerdem sieht man den C30 mittlerweile bei Volvo als "Auslaufmodell". Es war meines Erachtens ein falsche Entscheidung, auf dieses Modell zu setzen. ::)