Prince Carl Philip and Thed Björk started the Swedish GT season in the best possible way by claiming pole position and victory, beating the field of Audi, Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche drivers at Knutstorp in Sweden with their Volvo S60 Polestar racecar.
Thed Björk claimed pole position for the first race despite rain hitting the track just minutes before qualifying. He then headed the field in his first race stint, pulling out a strong gap before handing it over to team-mate Prince Carl Philip.
“I am very happy to follow up my WTCC [World Touring Car Championship] victory at Monza last weekend with this victory together with Prince Carl Philip. The car worked really well in the wet and I could hand over the car while leading, exactly as we planned. Prince Carl Philip drove really well and we have an exciting day ahead of us tomorrow,” said Thed Björk.
The Polestar Cyan Racing team called in Thed Björk for the driver change just as the safety car went out on track, handing Prince Carl Philip a big lead over the closest GTA class competitor.
Prince Carl Philip maintained the lead provided by his teammate, winning the race by more than 16 seconds over the McLaren pair of Erik Behrens and Daniel Roos, and 45 seconds over Audi driver Jan Brunstedt.
“The season could not have started in a better way. We managed to claim pole and win the race despite difficult conditions. The team did a really good job with the car and Thed proved that he is a four-time STCC [Super Touring Car Championship] champion. I am looking forward to the second race tomorrow, driving alone will of course mean a different strategy,” said Prince Carl Philip.
The victory had the pair in the championship lead ahead of the second race in which Prince Carl Philip will drive alone, starting second, with Thed Björk acting as advisor from the pits.
“A season opener victory is always great. Not only for the points, but also as a morale boost for the entire team to hit the ground running. Prince Carl Philip, Thed and the entire team did a really good job today,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, head of Motorsport at Polestar.
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Follow the team during the second race at Knutstorp live timing, live commentary and more on the new Swedish GT site:http://swegt.polestar.com.
Polestar is the performance brand of Volvo Cars. The company was founded as a motorsport team in 1996 and has been successful in numerous championships, racing with various Volvo models. In 2009, Polestar started to offer performance related products and thereby intensified the business relations with Volvo Cars. The first performance cars, based on Volvo’s S60 and V60, were launched in 2014. In 2015, Volvo Cars acquired the performance unit of Polestar, as a strong commitment towards a credible performance offer and with the mission to define future premium performance.
About Cyan Racing
Cyan Racing is the motorsport partner to Polestar was founded as a motorsport team in 1996 and has been successful in numerous championships. The company is owned by Christian Dahl and handles all motorsport operations of Polestar. Cyan Racing, formerly named Polestar Racing, has claimed seven STCC drivers’ titles and eight STCC teams’ titles with the Volvo 850, S40, C30 and S60.