Promising but fruitless first Swedish GT race at Anderstorp

The Polestar Cyan Racing duo of Prince Carl Philip and Nicky Catsburg fought hard in the first Swedish GT race at Anderstorp, involved in a battle for the podium that unfortunately ended too early.

WTCC star Catsburg qualified an impressive second on his first visit on the former F1 circuit, just four tenths from pole, and handed over the car to Prince Carl Philip in third position.

”I had a good qualifying session and first stint of the race. I could not do anything about the Ferraris on the straight as they have so much more power due to the regulations. But we were well in the fight for a podium finish in the race and that was our goal,” said Nicky Catsburg.

Prince Carl Philip gained on the Ferrari of Tidstrand and Kressner in second position toward the end of the race, lapping considerably faster.

”The car felt great and I was making ground on the Ferrari ahead of me. Then, unfortunately, I put a wheel outside the track and went off in the next corner. I am sorry for the team, but we will be back even stronger tomorrow,” said Prince Carl Philip.

Prince Carl Philip remain in third position of the drivers’ championship, 29 points from the leading Ferrari duo of Fredrik Larsson and Ingvar Mattsson.

”Pushing the limits is a vital part of racing and sometime these things happen. While we lost some points today, we are closer than we expected to the competitors on this track that is the worst for us this season. We have a strong position for the second race tomorrow and the team is ready to make the most of it,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.

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

Swedish GT Anderstorp
Circuit: Anderstorp
Length: 4025 m
Lap record (STCC): 1:34.274 (Kristoffersson)

Results
Race 1 – Top 5
1 Larsson/Mattsson Ferrari 488 19 laps
2 Kressner/Tidstrand Ferrari 458 +22.430
3 Palm/Eriksson Porsche 911 GT3 Cup +49.912
4 Blomqvist/Blomqvist Porsche 911 GT3 Cup +50.393
5 Baron/Lindroth Ferrari 458 +51.322

13 Catsburg/Bernadotte Volvo S60 +3 laps

Qualifying 1 – Top 5
1 Fredrik Larsson Ferrari 488 1:33.585
2 Nicky Catsburg Volvo S60 +0.399
3 Reuben Kressner +0.688
4 Jan Brunstedt Audi R8 LMS Ultra +0.718
5 Oscar Palm Porsche 911 GT3 Cup +1.238

Qualifying 2 – Top 5
1 Ingvar Mattsson Ferrari 488 1:34.807
2 Jan Brunstedt Audi R8 LMS Ultra +1.080
3 Mats Ek Tidstrand Ferrari 458 +1.200
4 Ronny Jensen Ferrari 488 +2.272
5 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +2.530

Schedule
(Times in CEST)
Friday 1/9
16:00 Test (60 min)

Saturday 2/9
13:30 Qualifying (30 min)
16:20 Race 1 (35 min + 1 lap)

Sunday 3/9
15:05 Race 2 (28 min + 1 lap)

TV Schedule
SVT 1 – Live 15:05 CEST 3/9 (Race 2)
https://www.svtplay.se

Championship standings
GTA – Top 5
1 Fredrik Larsson Ferrari 488 138 points
1 Ingvar Mattsson Ferrari 488 138 points
3 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 115 (-23)
4 Jan Brunstedt Audi R8 LMS Ultra 107 (-31)
5 Thed Björk Volvo S60 89 (-49)

19 Nicky Catsburg Volvo S60 8 (-130)

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 – Nicky Catsburg – 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
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.