Competitive but fruitless first Swedish GT race at Falkenberg

The Polestar Cyan Racing duo of Prince Carl Philip and Thed Björk were left without points from the first Swedish GT race of the weekend, despite challenging for pole position and the race victory.

Björk qualified second for the first race, less than three tenths from the Ferrari 488 of Fredrik Larsson who claimed pole position.

“It was a shame that the race ended too soon, but that is racing sometimes. I am happy with the balance of the car and Prince Carl Philip did a good job in his qualifying session. We are definitely out for revenge tomorrow and we have some things left to do on the setup of the car,” said Thed Björk.

The duo fought for the lead with the Ferrari team Mattsson Motorsport and Audi team JB Motorsport. Bernadotte took over the wheel after the mandatory pit stop, with the race coming to an end on lap 32 of 43.

“It was a simple mistake from me unfortunately and I am of course disappointed. We showed strong form in qualifying though and I am happy with the pace, especially as we are running with 30 kilos of penalty weight. We will no doubt be back for the second race tomorrow, fighting hard,” said Prince Carl Philip.

The retirement has dropped Prince Carl Philip to third in the championship, but still just nine points from the leading duo of Larsson and Mattsson.

“Falkenberg is the fastest circuit in Sweden, meaning that going off becomes extra costly. We are despite the retirement well within reach of the championship lead and second place on the grid for tomorrow means that we have are in a good position for a strong result again,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.

Follow the team during the final race of the Falkenberg weekend with live timing, commentary and more:

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

Race 1 – Top 5
1 Jan Brunstedt Audi R8 LMS Ultra 43 laps
2 Mattsson/Larsson Ferrari 488 +0.349
3 Mäkinen/Krüger Ferrari 458 +13.733
4 Palm/Eriksson Porsche 911 GT3 Cup +15.428
5 Behrens/Roos McLaren 570S +1 lap

DNF Bernadotte/Björk Volvo S60

Qualifying 1 – Top 5
1 Fredrik Larsson Ferrari 488 43.549
2 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +0.285
3 Oscar Palm Porsche 911 GT3 Cup +0.409
4 Jan Brunstedt Audi R8 LMS Ultra +0.472
5 Oscar Krüger Ferrari 458 +1.170

Qualifying 2 – Top 5
1 Jan Brunstedt Audi R8 LMS Ultra 43.723
2 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +0.595
3 Peter Eriksson Porsche 911 GT3 Cup +1.607
4 Ingvar Mattsson Ferrari 488 +1.787
5 Krister Andero Porsche 911 GT3 Cup +1.940

(Times in CEST)
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)

Championship standings
GTA – Top 5
1 Jan Brunstedt Audi R8 LMS Ultra 58 points
2 Fredrik Larsson Ferrari 488 55 (-3)
2 Ingvar Mattsson Ferrari 488 55 (-3)
4 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 49 (-9)
5 Kari Mäkinen Ferrari 458 42 (-16)
5 Oscar Krüger Ferrari 458 42 (-16)

7 Thed Björk Volvo S60 25 points (-33)

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
+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.