Volvo works team quits V8 Supercars

Volvo works team quits V8 Supercars

Volvo’s motorsport arm, Polestar, is not renewing its contract with V8 Supercars.

The pair of Volvo S60 racecars driven by Kiwi flyer Scott McLaughlin and Australian Robert Dahlgren will finish out the 2016 season, the factory team said in a statement.

Polestar entered the cars into the V8 Supercars series in 2014, and runs them alongside veteran professional campaigners Garry Rogers Motorsport, which will keep the young racers on board next season. And while the team is interested in the two S60s, Volvo Australia has indicated it may not be willing to sell.

”We have enjoyed a good cooperation with Garry Rogers Motorsport and the championship organisers, but our strategy and business objectives requires us now to focus our attention to other technologies and championships in the near future,” said Polestar COO Niels Moller, promising fans that Volvo won’t just coast over the line for the current season.

”We will of course support the programme in order to achieve the best possible sporting results in 2016, however, we feel it is fair to all involved that we can provide a heads-up ahead of 2017 as early as possible.

It appears that Volvo will focus more squarely on the WTCC – rejoining as a full works team this season. It had exited the touring car after the 2011. It also races in the Scandinavian Touring Car series, but there have been indications that it will quit if the series switches to new regulations.

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