Prince Carl Philip and Thed Björk in the Swedish GT premiere this weekend

Prince Carl Philip will be joined four-time STCC champion Thed Björk, just back from a historic World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) victory at Monza, in the Swedish GT season start at Knutstorp in Sweden this weekend.

Prince Carl Philip will drive a Volvo S60 Polestar in the fastest class GTA this season, facing tough opposition from Audi, Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche drivers.

”I feel ready for the season start and I look forward to the new challenge. I am really glad to race together with Thed at Knutstorp. We work really well together and he has got a vast experience that I can utilise,” said Prince Carl Philip.

The first race of the weekend features a mandatory pit stop with driver change where Thed Björk will be co-driver to Prince Carl Philip. The second race has Prince Carl Philip driving alone.

”It’s great to be back in the same team with Prince Carl Philip again. We last raced together in 2015 when I claimed my third straight title and he claimed his first win. My mission is to create a good way of working for Prince Carl Philip – a base to build on for him during the year to become champion. I’m glad to be back at Knutstorp as well. I secured my fourth STCC title last time I was there and of course, the feeling ahead of the weekend is awesome with a WTCC victory in the bag,” said Thed Björk.

The Swedish GT is an endurance championship that runs together with the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship for five race weekends. The move to Swedish GT for Polestar Cyan Racing comes following the change of regulations in the main class of the STCC for 2017.

”The Swedish GT will be a new challenge and it enables us to keep a presence in Sweden, one of our key markets. We are delighted to have the most recent World Championship race winner Thed Björk to support Prince Carl Philip this weekend. This is the first step in our plan to give him the best possible conditions to become the Swedish endurance racing champion,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.

Follow the team during the Knutstorp weekend with live timing, live commentary and more on our new Swedish GT site: http://swegt.polestar.com

STCC Knutstorp
Circuit: Ring Knutstorp
Length: 2079 m
Lap record (STCC): 0:58.184 (Kristoffersson)

Schedule
(Times in CET)
Thursday 4/5
16:00 Test (60 min)

Friday 5/5
13:30 Qualifying (30 min)
16:20 Race 1 (35 min + 1 lap)

Saturday 6/5
10:05 Warm up (15 min)
15:05 Race 2 (28 min + 1 lap)

TV Schedule
SVT 1 – Live 15:15 CET (Race 2)
https://www.svtplay.se

2017 Swedish GT Entry List
No – Driver – Team – Car
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
20 – TBA – Mtech Competition – Porsche Cayman GT4
21 – TBA – Ricknäs Motorsport – Porsche 911 GT4 Cup
31 – TBA – Ricknäs Motorsport – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
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 670S
88 – Daniel Roos – Alfab Racing – McLaren 670S
98 – Jan Brunstedt – JB Motorsport – Audi R8 LMS

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

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.