Robert Dahlgren came close to making it a perfect STCC season opener with pole, victory in race one and second place in race two. Polestar Cyan Racing team mate Richard Göransson bounced back after retiring in the first race due to a fire to win the second race, claiming his 40th STCC victory.
”I am just so incredibly pleased, this is my best STCC season start ever. Everything has worked perfectly from the first lap in testing to the final race. To come away with a pole, win and the championship lead is just what I wanted and a testament to a great work by the team,” said Dahlgren, who heads the championship on 68 points.
While Dahlgren headed the field from lights to flag in the first race, Göransson’s race ended on lap three after the rear bodywork caught fire from an incident in the first corner.
This meant a race against time for the team to repair the four-time STCC champion’s car for the second race. Göransson made the most of the strong effort from the team to win the race from eighth on the grid.
”The feeling to claim my 40th win after the fire and disappointment in the first race is awesome. The team did a fantastic job to get my car together between the race, they changed gearbox, dampers, body parts and gave me a car fast enough to win,” said Göransson.
Scott McLaughlin, who stepped in for Prince Carl Philip this weekend, impressed by being on pace straight away, being just two tenths from Dahlgren in qualifying in second position.
The Kiwi went on to finish second in the first race from fourth on the grid, below two seconds from race winner Dahlgren. But the second race saw him being taken out by Reuben Kressner in the hairpin on lap five after he had fought his way into the top three from ninth on the grid.
”I was hit from behind in the second race, nothing I could do about it. While that was disappointing, I am pleased with my pace in qualifying and to claim a podium finish. My goal was to break into the top three and that is what I have done,” said McLaughlin.
As the dust settles from the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship season opener, Polestar Cyan Racing has come away with a double championship lead in the drivers’ championship and a 66-point lead in the teams’ championship.
”This has been an eventful and successful weekend for us. Dahlgren and Göransson delivered the results we wanted and I am in awe of the effort by the team to get Göransson’s car together after the fire. It was a shame that McLaughlin was eliminated in the second race, but he has delivered way beyond expectations and we are more than pleased with his efforts,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.
Next up is the twilight mid-week race at Mantorp Park on May 26th.
STCC Skövde Airport Race
Length: 2146 m
Lap record (STCC): 0:49.964, McLaughlin
Race 1 – Top 5
1 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 24 laps
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +1.572
3 Linus Ohlsson Saab 9-3 +15.877
4 Johan Kristoffersson SEAT León +21.144
5 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +30.564
DNF Richard Göransson Volvo S60
Race 2 – Top 5
1 Richard Göransson Volvo S60 24 laps
2 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +7.234
3 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +14.543
4 Rasmus Mårthen Ford Mondeo +16.195
5 Johan Kristoffersson SEAT León +16.417
DNF Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60
Q1 – Top 5
1 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 49.479
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.181
3 Richard Göransson Volvo S60 +0.296
4 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +0.496
5 Daniel Haglöf SEAT León +0.676
Q2 – Top 5
1 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 49.919
2 Richard Göransson Volvo S60 +0.152
3 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +0.233
4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.336
5 Linus Ohlsson Saab 9-3 +0.343
Drivers – Top 5
1 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 68 points
2 Richard Göransson Volvo S60 40 (-28)
3 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE 37 (-31)
4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 36 (-32)
5 Johan Kristoffersson SEAT León 26 (-42)
Teams – Top 5
1 Polestar Cyan Racing 111 points
2 SEAT Dealer Team 45 (-66)
3 Flash Engineering 44 (-67)
4 Dacia Dealer Team 42 (-69)
5 Brovallen Design 24 (-87)
Sweden: SVT2 – 18:00 2/5
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. The company is owned by Christian Dahl and handles all motorsport operations of Polestar. Cyan Racing, formerly named Polestar Racing, has claimed five STCC drivers’ titles and seven STCC teams’ titles with the Volvo 850, S40, C30 and S60.
Volvo Car Group in 2015
Voor het boekjaar 2015 liet Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) een bedrijfswinst optekenen van SEK 6.620 miljoen (EUR 706 miljoen), tegenover SEK 2.128 miljoen (EUR 229 miljoen) in 2014. De omzet voor dit boekjaar bedroeg SEK 164.043 miljoen (EUR 17,5 miljard), tegenover SEK 137.590 miljoen (EUR 14,7 miljard) in 2014. In 2015 verkocht Volvo Car Group wereldwijd 503.127 auto's, ofwel 8% meer dan in 2014. Deze recordcijfers qua omzet en bedrijfswinst betekenen dat Volvo Car Group kan blijven investeren in het wereldwijde transformatieplan.
Over Volvo Car Group
Volvo is actief sinds 1927. Vandaag is Volvo Cars een van de bekendste en meest gerespecteerde automerken ter wereld. In 2015 werden 503 127 Volvo's verkocht in ongeveer 100 landen. Sinds 2010 is Volvo Cars eigendom van Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely Holding) uit China. Het bedrijf maakte deel uit van de Zweeds Volvo Group tot 1999, wanneer het werd gekocht door het Amerikaanse Ford Motor Company. In 2010 werd Volvo Cars uiteindelijk overgenomen door Geely Holding.
In december 2015 stelde Volvo Cars wereldwijd meer dan 29.000 medewerkers tewerk. De hoofdzetel, productontwikkeling, marketing en administratie van Volvo Cars zijn grotendeels gevestigd in Göteborg, Zweden. Het hoofdkantoor van Volvo Cars voor China is gevestigd in Shanghai. De grootste autofabrieken van het bedrijf zijn gevestigd in Göteborg (Zweden), Gent (België) en Chengdu (China), terwijl de motoren worden gemaakt in Skövde (Zweden) en Zhangjiakou (China) en de carrosserie-onderdelen in Olofström (Zweden).