Volvo gears up for WTCC return

thumbMEDIA RELEASE: The season start of the 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship takes place this weekend at the legendary Paul Ricard circuit in France.

Years of preparations will be put to its test for Polestar Cyan Racing as drivers Thed Björk and Fredrik Ekblom head out for the first two races in their pair of brand new Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 race cars.

While the sights of Polestar Cyan Racing are set on the world title, endurance will be key to bringing it home. The first year will be all about learning: learning the circuits, the competition and the pace, especially in the very first races this weekend.

”This is the start of a completely new era for me personally and for the entire team, something I have dreamt about for a long time,” said Thed Björk, the reigning four-time STCC champion.

“We are coming well prepared but at the same time coming to something completely new. The goal for this weekend is to collect as much data as possible to continue building our foundation for our journey towards the top.”

Team-mates Thed Björk and Fredrik Ekblom have raced together for Polestar Cyan Racing since 2012 and are close friends since many years, a cooperation vital for the coming challenges.

”While the pre-season testing in Vallelunga showed promising pace, both me and Thed have been on this level of motorsport for so long that we know that it is too early to draw any conclusions,” said Fredrik Ekblom, three-time STCC champion.

“It will be extremely interesting this weekend to see where we are compared to our competitors that have many years behind them in this championship, while we start with a clean sheet of paper. I am eager to get going and it will be a big moment for us all in the team to start this journey,”

The season opening weekend in France starts with testing on Friday, practice and qualifying on Saturday and two races on Sunday. The race weekend is the first of 12 this season on four continents around the world where Polestar Cyan Racing will meet 18 drivers in 10 teams from Citroën, Honda, Chevrolet and Lada.

”Our purpose with this programme is to become World Champions. But this year is about following a specific plan to learn, with high discipline required from the drivers, engineers and the entire team in order for the competitiveness not to take over,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.

“We have an exciting weekend ahead of us, the first of many, and Paul Ricard is an amazing site with a lot of history to start our new challenge on.”