Championship leaders Prince Carl Philip and Thed Björk head to the fastest track in Sweden

Polestar Cyan Racing drivers Prince Carl Philip and Thed Björk are heading to the Swedish GT round at Falkenberg, the fastest track in Sweden, as championship leaders this weekend.

The duo won the opening round of the championship at Knutstorp in May, with Prince Carl Philip heading the standings on 43 points ahead of the Ferrari duo of Fredrik Larsson and Ingvar Mattsson.

“The start of the season was great and I am very happy to head to Falkenberg, one of my favourite circuits, where I claimed my first STCC victory. Our goal for the weekend is very clear – to maintain the championship lead,” said Prince Carl Philip.

Team-mate Björk is fresh back in Sweden from the FIA World Touring Car Championship round in Portugal where he climbed to second place in the championship.

“I am bringing the positivity from the WTCC where we are in a very strong position. My mission for Falkenberg is to get Prince Carl Philip into the best possible situation to fight for the victory and stay on top of the championship. I think we have everything we need to do just that. But with that said, the competition in the championship is strong and we need to be on our toes,” said Thed Björk.

Prince Carl Philip and Björk will face tough competition from Ferrari, Porsche and McLaren teams in the two races with mandatory pit stops and driver changes at Falkenberg this weekend.

“We are happy to be back racing on Swedish soil again,” said Alexander Murdzevski, Head of Motorsport at Polestar. “The race at Falkenberg is a great tradition in Swedish motorsport and provides good racing. We have an exciting race weekend ahead of us with our front runners from the WTCC and Swedish GT racing together.”

Follow the team during the Falkenberg weekend with live timing, commentary and more: http://swegt.polestar.com

STCC Falkenberg
Circuit: Falkenberg
Length: 1843 m
Lap record (STCC): 0:43.283 (Ekblom)

Schedule
(Times in CEST)
Friday 7/7
16:00 Test (60 min)

Saturday 8/7
13:30 Qualifying (30 min)
16:20 Race 1 (35 min + 1 lap)

Sunday 9/7
10:05 Warm up (10 min)
14:25 Race 2 (28 min + 1 lap)

TV Schedule
SVT 1 – Live 14:20 CET 9/7 (Race 2)
https://www.svtplay.se

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)

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 Volvo Car Group’s performance road car brand and was founded by Polestar Racing, today known as Cyan Racing. Polestar’s birth was a result of Cyan Racing’s race engineers desire to explore how technology behind the multiple title-winning success in racing could be applied to the performance of road going Volvo cars, on all roads and conditions in everyday life. The first road-going performance Concepts were launched in 2010 and the first performance cars, based on the Volvo S60, were ready in 2012. In 2015, Volvo Cars acquired Polestar Performance. Today, Polestar builds the S60 and V60 Polestar, 367 hp performance road cars with over 250 developments over-and-above the standard Volvo products. It also offers Polestar Engineered performance hardware upgrades and engine software optimisations for existing Volvo products.

In the future, Polestar will become a new separately-branded electrified high-performance car company. Polestar will offer a portfolio of bespoke Polestar branded cars that will no longer carry a Volvo logo. Polestar will enjoy specific technological and engineering synergies with Volvo Cars and benefit from significant economies of scale as a result of its connection to Volvo. These synergies will allow it to design, develop and build world beating electrified high performance cars.

About Cyan Racing
Founded in 1996 and today known as Cyan Racing, the privately owned and operated company has been Volvo Car Group’s official team in motorsport since its conception. Cyan Racing has claimed multiple titles with the Volvo 850, S40, C30 and S60. Today, the company enjoys success on track with the Polestar road car brand as Polestar Cyan Racing in pursuit of both the World Touring Car Championship and Swedish GT, racing the Volvo S60 Polestar road going performance car.