|Date of issue||Apr 26, 2011 | ID: 37829|
Double podiums for Volvo Polestar Racing in STCC premiere
The STCC 2011 premiere weekend in Denmark provided a tough start for Volvo Polestar Racing. Hard fights were mixed with a strong qualifying session and double podium finishes for James Thompson and Tommy Rustad.
"I am really pleased to be on the podium with Rustad in my first ever race for Volvo Polestar Racing," said Thompson.
Volvo Polestar Racing dominated the qualifying with Rustad on pole position and Thompson third, just seven hundredths of a second behind his team mate.
"The car was perfect in the qualifying run, we do have a strong package for the rest of the season," said Rustad.
After a strong first race, the second one, featuring reverse grid, turned out to be tough for the two Volvo drivers with hard fights and incidents.
Despite a tough second race, Volvo Polestar Racing currently holds second place in the team championship.
"We have had a good first race weekend. This is the worst track on the calendar for front wheel drive cars. We took important points for the championship and we are in a strong position for the coming races," said Rustad.
The next STCC race takes place at Ring Knutstorp in two weeks. For more information, visit http://www.volvopolestarracing.com/
Drivers Championship - Top 10
1 Johan Stureson BMW 320si 33 points
2 Jason Watt SEAT León 25 points
3 Roger Eriksson SEAT León 25 points
4 Colin Turkington BMW 320si 24 points
5 Rickard Rydell Chevrolet Cruze 22 points
6 James Thompson Volvo C30 DRIVe 19 points
7 Tommy Rustad Volvo C30 DRIVe 18 points
8 Mattias Andersson Alfa Romeo 156 16 points
9 Jan Nilsson BMW 320si 10 points
10 Martin Öhlin BMW 320si 6 points
Team Championship - Top 5
1 MA:GP/IPS 49 points
2 Volvo Polestar Racing 37 points
3 Flash Engineering 34 points
4 Team Bygma 25 points
5 SEAT Dealer Team 22 points
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