Polestar Cyan Racing targets World Title with expanded WTCC programme

Following its initial FIA World Touring Car Championship season in 2016 that exceeded all expectations, Polestar Cyan Racing has ramped up the 2017 programme with three new Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 race cars, new drivers and a firm goal to become World Champions.

Three key elements have been put into place to achieve the ultimate target:

• Experienced drivers Thed Björk, Néstor Girolami and Nicky Catsburg
• Significant increase in engineering and technical resources
• An extensive off-season test programme

”We have full confidence in the preparations and abilities of the Polestar Cyan Racing team and the driver line-up with Thed, Néstor and Nicky. However, we are by no means expecting an easy time to reach our goal as it has been brought forward one year and the opposition is as tough as ever. But there should be no doubt about that we have the World Title as our ultimate goal this year,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.

Four-time STCC champion Thed Björk continues as a driver for Polestar Cyan Racing, having been a vital part of the development programme as well as claiming the team’s first WTCC victory in Shanghai last year. Björk is joined by two new drivers.

Double Argentinian Super TC 2000 champion Néstor Girolami drove one race weekend for the team last season and impressed on his debut, earning him a full-time drive, as well as a part in the development programme.

New to the Polestar Cyan Racing team, but not to the WTCC, is experienced Dutch racer Nicky Catsburg, having raced and won in the WTCC since 2015.

”The feeling to win our first race already in our first season was incredible and it has really boosted my confidence ahead of the new season, in which we have set ourselves new and higher targets. The off-season testing has been rewarding, I have never before driven this much ahead of a season and I feel well prepared to fight for the World Title. I am also really glad to have Néstor and Nicky on board – they are both very fast and professional,” said Thed Björk.

Néstor Girolami continued: ”I am extremely grateful to get this opportunity together with Polestar Cyan Racing. My first race with them last year was really promising and I felt right at home with the team. I hope to, together with everyone in the team, Thed and Nicky take the next step forward in the result lists this year.”

”I followed Polestar Cyan Racing’s progress closely from a competing team in 2016 and I am very glad to join them now. Their results from last year were impressive and I hope that I, together with Thed and Néstor, can put on a strong performance in order to deliver on our tough goals for the 2017 season,” Nicky Catsburg concluded.

The Polestar Cyan Racing team has been busy since the 2016 season end in November last year with an off-season test programme on circuits in southern Europe with the 400-hp Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 race car.

Preparations have been boosted and accelerated by the team’s new 18 million euro CYAN Motorsport Center, located in Gothenburg, Sweden. The facilities will be completed in March, marking the biggest ever motorsport project in Scandinavia. The workshop spans over 6.000 m2 and holds all departments needed for a WTCC title assault, including an F1-standard simulator, fully dynamic engine dyno, chassis and engine manufacturing, design office and more.

”This is the result of many years of hard work and we are proud to create an unprecedented level of motorsport industry in Scandinavia. The facilities are a vital part in our push for the 2017 WTCC title, but there is of course more to it. Our testing programme has proceeded according to plan and we have taken key steps forward in the development of the S60 Polestar TC1 race car,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Cyan Racing.

The 2017 WTCC season starts on April 8-9th in Morocco and spans for ten race weekends on four continents, ending on December 1-2nd in Qatar. Next up for the Polestar Cyan Racing team is the official WTCC pre-season test at the legendary Monza circuit in Italy on March 14-15th.

Follow Polestar Cyan Racing’s fight to become World Champions: wtcc.polestar.com

More information about Polestar Cyan Racing’s Swedish GT programme with Prince Carl Philip available here.

2017 WTCC Calendar
March 14-15th – Pre-season test – Monza, Italy
April 9th – Marrakech, Morrocco
April 30th – Monza, Italy
May 14th – Hungaroring, Hungary
May 27th – Nürburgring Nordschleife, Germany
June 25th – Vila Real, Portugal
August 6th – Termas De Rio Hondo, Argentina
October 15th – Shanghai, China
October 29th – Motegi, Japan
November 19th – Macau, China
December 1st – Losail, Qatar

Facts – Thed Björk
Lives: Karlskoga, Sweden
Born: 14 December 1980
History:
2015 – STCC – Champion
2014 – STCC – Champion
2013 – STCC – Champion
2012 – TTA – 3rd
2011 – Camaro Cup Sweden – Champion
2009 – STCC – 2nd
2008 – STCC – 3rd
2006 – STCC – Champion
2005 – STCC – 2nd
2003 – GTR Sweden – Champion
2001 – FIA Sportscar SR2 – Champion
1999 – F3 Sweden & Nordic – Champion

Facts – Néstor Girolami
Lives: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Born: 22 May 1989
History:
2015 – Super TC2000 – Champion
2014 – Super TC2000 – Champion
2012 – Super TC2000 – 3rd
2006 – Formula Renault 1.6 Argentina – 2nd

Facts – Nicky Catsburg
Lives: Amersfoort, Netherlands
Born: 15 February 1988
History:
2012 – Dutch GT Championship – 3rd
2010 – Mégane Trophy Eurocup – Champion
2006 – Formula Ford Benelux – Champion
2005 – SEAT Cupra Cup – 2nd
2004 – Dutch Winter Endurance Series – 3rd

Technical specification – Volvo S60 Polestar TC1
Engine: 4-cylinder, 1595 cc, Drive–E Volvo
Drive: FWD
Power: 400 HP
Max rpm: 8500 rpm
Gearbox: 6-speed sequential
Suspension: MacPherson front and rear, adjustable Öhlins dampers
Brakes front: 4-piston caliper, 390mm ventilated discs
Brakes rear: 2-piston caliper, 280mm ventilated discs
Rims: 18″ with five-bolt pattern
Body: Steel and carbon fibre
Weight: 1100 kg

Contact Details
Johan Meissner, Press Manager
johan.meissner@polestar.com
+46(0)70 241 3234

About Polestar
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 was founded as a motorsport team in 1996 and has been successful in numerous championships. The company is owned by Christian Dahl and handles all motorsport operations of Polestar. Cyan Racing, formerly named Polestar Racing, has claimed seven STCC drivers’ titles and eight STCC teams’ titles with the Volvo 850, S40, C30 and S60.