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Nicky Catsburg claims pole in Argentina as Polestar Cyan Racing win fifth MAC3

 

Nicky Catsburg claimed a strong pole position for the FIA World Touring Car Championship weekend in Argentina, followed by the fifth out of six MAC3 victories for Polestar Cyan Racing.

 

The flying Dutchman was fastest in all three qualifying sessions and claimed five vital points to the drivers’ championship, reducing the gap to points leader and Honda driver Tiago Monteiro to eight points.

 

“The start to the weekend has been perfect. I felt that the car was great from the first session and we were able to improve from there. Five points to the championship is very important and all of our attention is of course on capitalising on this for the two races tomorrow,” said Nicky Catsburg.

 

Thed Björk looked set for a strong time in the Q3 session but made a mistake, dropping him to fifth. The four-time STCC champion was pleased nonetheless.

 

“I pushed a bit too hard on my lap unfortunately. But I am pleased with our pace, the MAC3 victory and Nicky did a great job to take pole position. I am in a good position for the races tomorrow and my ambition is definitely to climb,” said Thed Björk.

 

Local hero Néstor Girolami fought for the top positions during qualifying, ultimately finishing sixth after a vibration issue.

 

“I had technical issues with the car, making it hard to challenge for the top positions. But the team did a great job with the car and in their efforts to repair it. We are going to work hard tonight for a strong comeback in the races,” said Néstor Girolami.

 

MAC3, where three drivers from each manufacturer set one joint lap time, saw Polestar Cyan Racing claiming a fifth victory, extending the manufacturers’ points lead over Honda to 31 points.

 

“This was one of the closest qualifying sessions we have ever been in and to come out on top is of course extra rewarding. Nicky, Thed, Néstor and the team have done a great job today and the goal for the races is at least one victory,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.

 

Follow Polestar Cyan Racing during the two races in Argentina tomorrow at: http://wtcc.polestar.com

  

WTCC Race of Argentina

Circuit: Circuito Termas de Río Hondo

Length: 4806 m

Lap record (WTCC): 1:45.899 (López)

 

Results

Q1 – Top 5

1 Nicky Catsburg Volvo S60 1:43.448

2 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +0.189

3 Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic +0.299

4 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic +0.370

5 Néstor Girolami Volvo S60 +0.431

 

Q2 – Top 5

1 Nicky Catsburg Volvo S60 1:43.085

2 Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic +0.050

3 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +0.277

4 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic +0.303

5 Esteban Guerrieri Chevrolet Cruze +0.500

6 Néstor Girolami Volvo S60 +0.605

 

Q3

1 Nicky Catsburg Volvo S60 1:43.088

2 Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic +0.184

3 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic +0.391

4 Esteban Guerrieri Chevrolet Cruze +0.616

5 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +0.627

 

MAC3

1 Volvo 3:33.885

2 Honda +15.602

 

Schedule

(Times in CEST)

Sunday 16/7

20:00 Race 1 (11 laps)

21:15 Race 2 (13 laps)

 

Championship Standings

Drivers’ – Top 5

1 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic 167 pts

2 Thed Björk Volvo S60 161 (-6)

3 Nicky Catsburg Volvo S60 159 (-8)

4 Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic 141 (-26)

5 Mehdi Bennani Citroën C-Elysée 133 (-34)

9 Néstor Girolami Volvo S60 58 (-109)

  

Manufacturers’

1 Volvo 513 pts

2 Honda 482 (-31)

 

Compensation weights for Argentina

Model – Time difference – Weight

Citroën C-Elysée – 0.0 sec – +80 kg

Volvo S60 Polestar – 0.2 sec – +60 kg

Honda Civic – +0.2 sec – +60 kg

Chevrolet Cruze – +0.8 sec – +0 kg

Lada Vesta +1.5 sec – +0 kg

 

TV Schedule

https://www.fiawtcc.com/watch-it-on-tv

http://www.eurosportplayer.com

 

2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship Entry List

No – Driver – Team – Car

3 – Tom Chilton – GBR – Sébastien Loeb Racing – Citroën C-Elysée WTCC

5 – Norbert Michelisz – HUN – Honda Racing Team JAS – Honda Civic WTCC

8 – Aurélien Panis – FRA – Zengő Motorsport – Honda Civic WTCC

9 – Tom Coronel – NED – ROAL Motorsport – Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1

12 – Rob Huff – GBR – Münnich Motorsport – Citroën C-Elysée WTCC

18 – Tiago Monteiro – POR – Honda Racing Team JAS – Honda Civic WTCC

22 – Manuel Fernandes – POR – RC Motorsport – Lada Vesta WTCC

24 – Kevin Gleason – USA – RC Motorsport – Lada Vesta WTCC

25 – Mehdi Bennani – MOR – Sébastien Loeb Racing – Citroën C-Elysée WTCC

27 – John Filippi – FRA – Sébastien Loeb Racing – Citroën C-Elysée WTCC

34 – Ryo Michigami – Honda Racing Team JAS – Honda Civic WTCC

61 – Néstor Girolami – ARG – Polestar Cyan Racing – Volvo S60 TC1

62 – Thed Björk – SWE – Polestar Cyan Racing – Volvo S60 TC1

63 – Nicky Catsburg – NED – Polestar Cyan Racing – Volvo S60 TC1

68 – Yann Ehrlacher – FRA – RC Motorsport – Lada Vesta WTCC

86 – Esteban Guerrieri – ARG – Campos Racing – Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1

99 – Daniel Nagy – HUN – Zengő Motorsport – Honda Civic WTCC

 

FIA World Touring Car Championship 2017 Calendar

WTCC Race of Morocco (Marrakech): 7-9 April

WTCC Race of Italy (Monza): 28-30 April

WTCC Race of Hungary (Hungaroring): 12-14 May

WTCC Race of Germany (Nürburgring Nordschleife): 25-27 May

WTCC Race of Portugal (Vila Real): 23-25 June

WTCC Race of Argentina (Termas de Río Hondo): 15-16 July

WTCC Race of China (Shanghai Ningbo Circuit): 13-15 October

WTCC Race of Japan (Twin Ring Motegi): 27-29 October

WTCC Race of Macau (Circuit de Guia): 17-19 November

WTCC Race of Qatar (Losail International Circuit): 30 November-1 December

  

About Polestar

Polestar is Volvo Car Group’s performance road car brand and was founded by Polestar Racing, today known as Cyan Racing. Polestar’s birth was a result of Cyan Racing’s race engineers desire to explore how technology behind the multiple title-winning success in racing could be applied to the performance of road going Volvo cars, on all roads and conditions in everyday life. The first road-going performance Concepts were launched in 2010 and the first performance cars, based on the Volvo S60 and V60, were ready in 2012. In 2015, Volvo Cars acquired Polestar Performance. Today, Polestar builds the S60 and V60 Polestar, a 367-hp performance road car with over 250 developments over-and-above the standard Volvo products. It also offers Polestar Engineered performance hardware upgrades and powertrain software optimisations for existing Volvo products.

 

In the future, Polestar will become a new separately-branded electrified high-performance car company. Polestar will offer a portfolio of bespoke Polestar branded cars that will no longer carry a Volvo logo. Polestar will enjoy specific technological and engineering synergies with Volvo Cars and benefit from significant economies of scale as a result of its connection to Volvo. These synergies will allow it to design, develop and build world beating electrified high performance cars.

 

About Cyan Racing

Founded in 1996 and today known as Cyan Racing, the privately owned and operated company has been Volvo Car Group’s official team in motorsport since its conception. Cyan Racing has claimed multiple titles with the Volvo 850, S40, C30 and S60. Today, the company enjoys success on track with the Polestar road car brand as Polestar Cyan Racing in pursuit of both the World Touring Car Championship and Swedish GT, racing the Volvo S60 Polestar road going performance car.

 

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Volvo Car Group in 2016

Voor het boekjaar 2016 liet Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) een bedrijfswinst optekenen van 11 miljard SEK (EUR 1,2 miljard), tegenover 6,6 miljard SEK (EUR 697 miljoen) in 2015. De omzet voor dit boekjaar bedroeg 180,7 miljard SEK (EUR 19,1 miljard), tegenover 164,0 miljard SEK  (EUR 17,3 miljard) in 2015. In 2016 verkocht Volvo Car Group wereldwijd 534.332 auto's, ofwel 6,2% meer dan in 2015. 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 2016 werden 534.332 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 2016 stelde Volvo Cars wereldwijd meer dan 31.000 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).

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