Polestar Cyan Racing target the Championship lead at Karlskoga

Polestar Cyan Racing is heading for Swedish GT at Karlskoga this weekend with driver duo Prince Carl Philip and Thed Björk focussed on reclaiming the championship lead.

The duo had a competitive, but tough, weekend in the previous race at Falkenberg, dropping them to fourth and seventh of the championship.

”Falkenberg did not turn out the way we hoped. The important thing was that we were competitive and we bring that speed with us to Karlskoga, a circuit where I have scored strong results over the years. Our goal is to be back in the Championship lead after the weekend,” said Prince Carl Philip.

Björk returns as co-driver with Prince Carl Philip for the final time this season, and comes strengthened from the World Touring Car Championship races in Argentina where he climbed to second place in the championship.

”It feels awesome to be back on my home track, Karlskoga, following a good summer break after my podium finish in Argentina. We’re heading to Karlskoga to fight for the championship lead – we have what it takes to win,” said Thed Björk.

Three race weekends are left of the 2017 Swedish GT season with Prince Carl Philip just nine points adrift from the championship lead.

”We are very much looking forward to this classic Swedish race weekend at Karlskoga. Given that we scored less points than we had potential for during the previous race weekend, the whole team is keen to reclaim the lost ground. We can expect a flat-out performance from everyone in the team,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.

Follow the Polestar Cyan Racing during the Karlskoga weekend at: http://swegt.polestar.com

Swedish GT Karlskoga
Circuit: Karlskoga Motorstadion
Length: 2400 m
Lap record (STCC): 1:04.560 (Ekblom)

(Times in CEST)
Friday 11/8
16:05 Test (60 min)

Saturday 12/8
11:55 Qualifying (30 min)
17:30 Race 1 (35 min + 1 lap)

Sunday 13/8
15:05 Race 2 (28 min + 1 lap)

TV Schedule
SVT 1 – Live 15:05 CET 13/8 (Race 2)

Championship standings
GTA – Top 5
1 Fredrik Larsson Ferrari 488 80 points
1 Ingvar Mattsson Ferrari 488 80 points
3 Jan Brunstedt Audi R8 LMS Ultra 76 (-4)
4 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 64 (-9)
5 Kari Mäkinen Ferrari 458 54 (-26)
5 Oscar Krüger Ferrari 458 54 (-26)

7 Thed Björk Volvo S60 46 points (-34)

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
25 – Peter Eriksson – TBA – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
45 – Krister Andero – TBA – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
67 – Erik Hjeltman – Brovallen Design – Ford Mondeo
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.