Robert Dahlgren was close to having a perfect season start four weeks ago. The twilight races at Mantorp Park saw team mate Richard Göransson coming close to the perfect STCC result. Pole position, a commanding race one victory and a drive through the field from last to second place in a wet second evening race.
“I am really, really pleased. It was very rewarding that we secured a new double win, that we are first and second in the championship and not least that we extended our team championship lead. The first race might have looked easy, but I pushed hard to get a gap. The second race was close to a full points haul and I gained on Robert in the championship, a really good day,” said Richard Göransson, who is just seven points from Dahlgren.
Dahlgren got a tough start to the day with fifth position in the first race. But the team found a solution to a problem for the second race and Dahlgren navigated his way up through the field to his second win of the season and a maintained championship lead.
“It was incredibly nice to win again. We have fought hard all day but eventually we found what was wrong and I was really motivated for the last race. I had a great fight with Richard and it was great to go side-by-side with a team-mate and have full confidence in each other. I am really looking forward to Anderstorp now,” said Dahlgren.
Prince Carl Philip had a solid season start after missing the Skövde season start, claiming sixth in the first race and eighth in the second race.
“I really enjoyed being back again. I would like to have had a bit more time in the car, but I am pleased with the season start. I have two really talented team mates with Richard and Robert that I can get some tips from,” said Prince Carl Philip.
Dahlgren is still in the lead of the championship ahead of Göransson, but with a mere seven points separating the two. The team championship saw Polestar Cyan Racing extending the lead after two new victories.
“An amazing effort from the entire team, delivering in both dry and wet conditions with a limited time between the races. Richard and Robert made a superb job and we felt comfortable even when they fought hard in the races. A great effort also by Prince Carl Philip who missed the first race, didn’t get a lot of testing and performed really well at Mantorp. It has been a great weekend for Polestar Cyan Racing that the entire team should be proud of,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.
Race 1 – Top 5
1. Richard Göransson Volvo S60 25 laps
2. Björn Wirdheim SAAB 9-3 +6.496
3. Johan Kristoffersson SEAT León +6.684
4. Daniel Haglöf SEAT León +9.460
5. Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +13.286
6. Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 + 19.659
Race 2 – Top 5
1. Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 25 laps
2. Richard Göransson Volvo S60 +3.204
3. Daniel Haglöf SEAT León +9.694
4. Björn Wirdheim Nissan +18.641
5. Rasmus Mårthen Ford Mondeo +25.374
8. Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +1 lap
Q1 – Top 5
1. Richard Göransson Volvo S60 47.035
2. Johan Kristoffersson SEAT León +0.347
3. Björn Wirdheim SAAB 9-3+0.409
4. Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.447
5. Daniel Haglöf SEAT León +0.821
7. Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +0.880
Q2 – Top 5
1. Björn Wirdheim SAAB 9-3 47.290
2. Richard Göransson Volvo S60 +0.069
3. Johan Kristoffersson SEAT León +0.272
4. Daniel Haglöf SEAT León +0.484
5. Linus Ohlsson Nissan Nismo +0.531
8. Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +1.088
Drivers – Top 5
1 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 115 points
2 Richard Göransson Volvo S60 108 (-7)
3 Johan Kristoffersson SEAT León 59 (-56)
4 Daniel Haglöf SEAT León 55 (-60)
5 Mattias Andersson Dacia 51 (-64)
Team – Top 5
1 Polestar Cyan Racing 226 points
2 SEAT Dealer Team 115 (-111)
3 Flash Engineering 111 (-115)
4 Dacia Dealer Team 62 (-164)
5 Brovallen Design 42 (-184)
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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).