Prince Carl Philip claims championship lead after victorious Swedish GT opener

Prince Carl Philip has claimed the championship lead for Polestar Cyan Racing following a victorious Swedish GT season opener at Knutstorp in Sweden. The final result was one victory and a double podium finish.

Thed Björk and Prince Carl Philip won the first race of the weekend in treacherous conditions on Friday, followed up by a hard-fought second place in the final race today that Prince Carl Philip drove alone.

”I had a technical issue in the second race and had to fight so hard to stay in front. I couldn’t do anything about race-winnner Larsson, but I am still pleased to secure second keeping in mind the issued we had. I am very happy with the weekend in total and to head from here in the championship lead. This promises well for the coming season,” said Prince Carl Philip.

The duo of Thed Björk, who won the FIA WTCC race at Monza last weekend, and Prince Carl Philip fought hard against a Swedish GT field of Ferrari, Porsche, Audi and McLaren drivers at Knutstorp, heading the championship by five points.

“A good first weekend. The team and drivers delivered according to the objectives. We are very happy to leave a circuit for the second weekend in a row leading a championship,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.

The next Swedish GT race takes place at Falkenberg, the fastest circuit in Sweden, on July 8-9th.

Learn more about Polestar Cyan Racing’s Swedish GT programme at: http://swegt.polestar.com

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

Results
Race 1 – Top 5
1 Bernadotte/Björk Volvo S60 29 laps
2 Behrens/Roos McLaren 570S +16.457
3 Larsen/Rosén Ginetta G55 +30.186
4 Brunstedt Audi R8 LMS Ultra +44.965
5 Mäkinen/Krüger Ferrari 458 +1 lap

Race 2 – Top 5
1 Mattssson/Larsson Ferrari 488 27 laps
2 Bernadotte Volvo S60 +0.836
3 Brunstedt Audi R8 LMS Ultra +1.424
4 Mäkinen/Krüger Ferrari 458 +42.090
5 Pröjtz/Morin Porsche Cayman +48.677

Qualifying 1 – Top 5
1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 1:05.709
2 Oscar Krüger Ferrari 458 +1.101
3 Philip Morin Porsche Cayman +1.910
4 Daniel Roos McLaren 570S +2.541
5 Fredrik Larsson Ferrari 488 +2.570

Qualifying 2 – Top 5
1 Jan Brunstedt Audi R8 LMS Ultra 1:05.282
2 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +1.885
3 Kari Mäkinen Ferrari 458 +2.634
4 Erik Behrens McLaren 570S +3.359
5 Linus Pröjtz Porsche Cayman +4.057

Championship standings
GTA – Top 5
1 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 43 points
2 Fredrik Larsson Ferrari 488 38 (-5)
3 Ingvar Mattsson Ferrari 488 37 (-6)
4 Jan Brunstedt Audi R8 LMS Ultra 35 (-8)
5 Kari Mäkinen Ferrari 458 27 (-16)
5 Oscar Krüger Ferrari 458 27 (-16)

7 Thed Björk Volvo S60 26 points (-17)

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

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
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

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.