Race incident ends promising first Swedish GT race at Mantorp

A race incident ended a promising first race of the Swedish GT season finale weekend at Mantorp Park for the Polestar Cyan Racing duo Néstor Girolami and Prince Carl Philip.

Girolami had qualified seventh despite not having driven a single lap in dry conditions at Mantorp Park prior to qualifying and was involved in a fight for sixth position with championship rival and Audi R8 driver Jan Brunstedt when the two made contact, ending the race.

“I had a good start and was faster than Brunstedt in front of me. I went on the inside of him but he tried to close the door and we made contact, ending the race for both of us. It was an unfortunate incident but the positive thing was that we were quicker than Brunstedt,” said Néstor Girolami.

Prince Carl Philip is third in the championship, just two points behind Brunstedt, with one race left.

”This was obviously not the way we wanted the race to end. But the point difference between me and Brunstedt remain the same for tomorrow and while I will start four positions behind him, just as Néstor said, the promising thing for tomorrow is that we have the pace on him,” said Prince Carl Philip.

While the Ferrari duo of Fredrik Larsson and Ingvar Mattsson has claimed the title, the fight for the silver medal remain wide open for the race tomorrow.

”Incidents like these are part of racing sometimes. We will never give up, the team is in full swing to repair the car ahead of tomorrow when our ambition is to climb to second place in the championship,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.

Follow the Polestar Cyan Racing in the final Swedish GT race of 2017: http://swegt.polestar.com

Swedish GT Mantorp
Circuit: Mantorp Park
Length: 3125 m
Lap record (STCC): 1:17.034 (Göransson)

Results
Race 1 – Top 5
1 Tidstrand/Hansson Ferrari 488 25 laps
2 Mattsson/Larsson Ferrari 488 +0.420
3 Lindland/Sundahl Porsche 911 GT3 Cup +0.596
4 Karlsson/Nilsson Porsche 911 GT3 Cup +2.122
5 Robin Jensen Ferrari 458 +6.352

DNF Bernadotte/Girolami Volvo S60

Qualifying 1 – Top 5
1 Fredrik Larsson Ferrari 488 1:16.610
2 Robin Hansson Ferrari 488 +1.194
3 Lukas Sundahl Porsche 911 GT3 Cup +1.368
4 Ola Nilsson Porsche 911 GT3 Cup +1.420
5 Oscar Palm Porsche 911 GT3 Cup +1.671

7 Néstor Girolami Volvo S60 +2.641

Qualifying 2 – Top 5
1 Jan Brunstedt Audi R8 LMS Ultra 1:17.905
2 Roar Lindland Porsche 911 GT3 Cup +0.228
3 Ingvar Mattsson Ferrari 488 +0.361
4 Mats Ek Tidstrand Ferrari 488 +0.865
5 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +1.259

Schedule
(Times in CEST)
Thursday 14/9
16:00 Test (60 min)

Friday 15/9
13:30 Qualifying (30 min)
16:20 Race 1 (35 min + 1 lap)

Sunday 16/9
15:05 Race 2 (28 min + 1 lap)

TV Schedule
SVT 1 – Live 15:05 CEST 16/9 (Race 2)
https://www.svtplay.se

Championship standings
GTA – Top 5
1 Fredrik Larsson Ferrari 488 181 points
1 Ingvar Mattsson Ferrari 488 181 points
3 Jan Brunstedt Audi R8 LMS Ultra 117 (-64)
4 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 115 (-66)
5 Thed Björk Volvo S60 89 (-92)

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.