Prince Carl Philip keeps title hope alive with podium finish


Polestar Cyan Racing driver Prince Carl Philip keeps his Swedish GT title hope alive following a strong second place in the first race of the Karlskoga weekend with co-driver Thed Björk.


Prince Carl Philip was briefly behind championship rival and Ferrari driver Ingvar Mattsson in the final part of the wet race, but was able to make his way past to secure his fourth podium of 2017.


”I am happy with the result. It was no point in trying to follow Brunstedt today. I was able to get past Mattsson and control the gap between us after that. The team did a great job with the car and I feel confident for tomorrow, hoping that we get to race on a dry track,” said Prince Carl Philip.


Björk started the race from second on the grid and handed over the wheel to Prince Carl Philip at mid-point of the race.


”It was a really tough race as the track was very wet and greasy from previous races. We have no abs or traction control on our car, compared to some of our competitors and that makes it even tougher to fight. But I tried to just maintain our position and then hand it over to Prince Carl Philip who did a solid job today,” said Thed Björk.


Prince Carl Philip remains in fourth place of the drivers’ championship, 19 points from championship leader Brunstedt with one race remaining of the weekend at Karlskoga, starting at 15:05 CEST tomorrow.


”This was probably the best result we could achieve given the conditions and circumstances today. Both drivers did a solid job and we hope for dry weather tomorrow – our goal is set on a win,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.


Follow the Polestar Cyan Racing during the final race of the Karlskoga weekend at:


Swedish GT Karlskoga

Circuit: Karlskoga Motorstadion

Length: 2400 m

Lap record (STCC): 1:04.560 (Ekblom)



Race 1 – Top 5

1 Jan Brunstedt Audi R8 LMS Ultra 31 laps

2 Björk/Bernadotte Volvo S60 +20.834

3 Larsson/Mattsson Ferrari 488 +21.594

4 Palm/Engelbrekt Porsche 911 GT3 Cup +24.108

5 Krüger/Mäkinen Ferrari 458 +42.716


Qualifying 1 – Top 5

1 Fredrik Larsson Ferrari 488 1:03.786

2 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +0.082

3 Oscar Krüger Ferrari 458 +0.745

4 Oscar Palm Porsche 911 GT3 Cup +0.810

5 Rebuen Kressner Ferrari 458 +1.043


Qualifying 2 – Top 5

1 Jan Brunstedt Audi R8 LMS Ultra 1:05.010

2 Ingvar Mattsson Ferrari 488 +0.369

3 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +0.530

4 Mats Tidstrand Porsche 911 GT3 Cup +0.578

5 Peter Eriksson Porsche 911 GT3 Cup +0.877



(Times in CEST)

Sunday 13/8

15:05 Race 2 (28 min + 1 lap)


TV Schedule

SVT 1 – Live 15:05 CET 13/8 (Race 2)


Championship standings

GTA – Top 5

1 Jan Brunstedt Audi R8 LMS Ultra 101 points

2 Fredrik Larsson Ferrari 488 95 (-6)

2 Ingvar Mattsson Ferrari 488 95 (-6)

4 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 82 (-19)

5 Thed Björk Volvo S60 64 (-37)


2017 Swedish GT Entry List

No – Driver – Team – Car

GTA Class

7 – Kari Mäkinen – Euroracing – Ferrari 458

7 – Oscar Krüger – Euroracing – Ferrari 458

11 – Toni Persic – TPR Motorsport – Chevrolet Camaro

13 – Carl Philip Bernadotte – Polestar Cyan Racing – Volvo S60

13 – Thed Björk – Polestar Cyan Racing – Volvo S60

25 – Peter Eriksson – TBA – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

45 – Krister Andero – TBA – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

67 – Erik Hjeltman – Brovallen Design – Ford Mondeo

98 – Jan Brunstedt – JB Motorsport – Audi R8 LMS Ultra

99 – Ingvar Mattsson – Mattsson Motorsport – Ferrari 488

99 – Fredrik Larsson – Mattsson Motorsport – Ferrari 488

GTB Class

20 – Philip Morin – Mtech Competition – Porsche Cayman GT4

20 – Linus Pröjtz – Mtech Competition – Porsche Cayman GT4

21 – Håkan Ricknäs – Ricknäs Motorsport – Porsche Cayman GT4

21 – Thomas Martinson – Ricknäs Motorsport – Porsche Cayman GT4

31 – Hans Söderholm – Ricknäs Motorsport – Porsche 911 GT4

31 – Marcus Söderholm – Ricknäs Motorsport – Porsche 911 GT4

45 – Krister Andero – TBA – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

50 – Thomas Belfrage – Euroracing – Ferrari 360

51 – Peter Larsen – Primus Racing – Ginetta G55

51 – Johan Rosén – Primus Racing – Ginetta G55

60 – Franck Århage – Århage Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

65 – Bror Ellfolk – TBA – Ginetta G55

65 – Niclas Lindström – TBA – Ginetta G55

88 – Erik Behrens – Alfab Racing – McLaren 570S

88 – Daniel Roos – Alfab Racing – McLaren 570S


2017 Swedish GT Calendar

Date Circuit Country

04-06 May Knutstorp Sweden

07-09 July Falkenberg Sweden

11-13 August Karlskoga Sweden

01-03 September Anderstorp Sweden

14-16 September Mantorp Park Sweden


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, were ready in 2012. In 2015, Volvo Cars acquired Polestar Performance. Today, Polestar builds the S60 and V60 Polestar, 367 hp performance road cars with over 250 developments over-and-above the standard Volvo products. It also offers Polestar Engineered performance hardware upgrades and engine 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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