Prince Carl Philip claims 2017 Swedish GT silver medal in season finale

Prince Carl Philip secured the 2017 Swedish GT silver medal for Polestar Cyan Racing in an eventful season finale at Mantorp Park.

Co-driver Néstor Girolami had to retire from the first race of the weekend following contact with championship rival and Audi driver Jan Brunstedt. The incident meant that the Polestar Cyan Racing duo was two points from second place in the championship ahead of the final race.

Prince Carl Philip made a strong start in the second race from fifth on the grid to claim third on the first lap. But a clutch problem meant that the duo dropped to finish eighth in the GTA class, claiming four points, enough to secure second position in the championship.

”I am very glad to finish second overall and big thanks to everyone in the team, Thed, Nicky and Néstor who have made this result possible. It has been a thrilling and tough season, with both disappointments and great memories like the victories at Knutstorp and Karlskoga,” said Prince Carl Philip.

“This has been a tough weekend and while we didn’t get the result we aimed for in the races, we succeeded with our mission to get Prince Carl Philip to second place in the championship. With that in mind, I am pleased and this has been a good preparation for the final part of the WTCC season, starting next month,” said Néstor Girolami.

The Mantorp Park race weekend conclude Polestar Cyan Racing’s first Swedish GT season with two victories and five podium finishes, enough for second position overall in the drivers’ championship.

”We are pleased to finish on the overall podium in our first ever Swedish GT season, a category completely different to what we have raced before in Sweden. Prince Carl Philip has done a solid job this season, as has his co-drivers Thed Björk, Nicky Catsburg and Néstor Girolami. The silver medal is well-deserved for the drivers and everyone in the team,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.

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

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

Race 2 – Top 5
1 Mattsson/Larsson Ferrari 488 22 laps
2 Tidstrand/Hansson Ferrari 488 +11.592
3 Lindland/Sundahl Porsche 911 GT3 Cup +15.969
4 Robin Jensen Ferrari 458 +38.046
5 Karlsson/Nilsson Porsche 911 GT3 Cup +38.442

14 Bernadotte/Girolami Volvo S60 +1 lap

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

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Championship standings
GTA – Top 5
1 Fredrik Larsson/Ingvar Mattsson Ferrari 488 206 points
2 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 121 (-85)
3 Jan Brunstedt Audi R8 LMS Ultra 117 (-89)
4 Mats Ek Tidstrand Ferrari 488 102 (-104)
5 Thed Björk Volvo S60 89 (-117)

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

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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.