Multiple touring car champion Fredrik Ekblom will move from the test car to the race car for Polestar Cyan Racing in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) races at Shanghai International Circuit this weekend.
”I am delighted to be back racing again and I am really keen to utilise the impressive progress made by the team in the past races. I am very much ready for this challenge in Shanghai, especially as the team and Thed have raced here before in the WTCC,” said Fredrik Ekblom.
Ekblom, who claimed the team’s joint best so far result with fourth in Hungary earlier this year, will partner long-time team-mate Thed Björk in the #62 Volvo S60 Polestar TC1, driven by Néstor Girolami in the previous race.
”Fredrik’s extensive experience is vital to the progress of our programme, both in terms of testing and racing. It is also vital for us to be able to continue to run different drivers in preparation for next season when our goal is to fight for victories, compared to this year that is only about gathering data,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.
Two races remain of the 2016 WTCC season, the Race of China this weekend and the season finale with the Race of Qatar on November 25th. Follow the team on: wtcc.polestar.com
Further news on the driver in the second Polestar Cyan Racing car for the final race will be communicated in due course.
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 driver titles and seven STCC team titles with the Volvo 850, S40, C30 and S60.