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Promising Victory for Volvo Polestar Racing

Ezekiel Wheeler
May 15, 2013
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Thed Björk secured the first victory of the year for Volvo Polestar Racing in the STCC premiere at Knutstorp in the south of Sweden.?"A wonderful victory! The balance of the car was so good in the second race, a big thanks to the team and what a great start to the season," said Björk.

Starting from second on the grid and great jump off the line he was able to secure the lead into the holeshot. BMW driver, Richard Göransson, applied more than enough pressure to Thed but it wasn't enough. Thed held on for 20 laps finally crossing the finish line in first.

22-year-old Linus Ohlsson had a solid start to the season as well with two fifth positions from the two races at Knutstorp.

"We got the car good for the races, but we lack some speed in qualifying. But it has been an okay weekend overall, but I am not pleased until I am on top of the podium and that is what we are working for to Solvalla," said Ohlsson

The first STCC race weekend of 2013 means second position in the drivers' championship for Björk, eight points from the lead, and second position for Volvo in the manufacturers' championship, ten points from the lead.

"The first race weekend of 2013 can for sure be summarized as really good for Volvo Polestar Racing. Björk made an amazing job in the second race and the hard fight with BMW bodes well for the rest of the season," said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director of Volvo Cars. The STCC season continues at Solvalla in the Swedish capital Stockholm on the 8th of June.

Results - Race 1 - Knutstorp

1 Richard Göransson BMW SR 20 laps
2 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +9.786
3 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR +12.853
4 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +13.196
5 Linus Ohlsson Volvo S60 +13.939
6 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +14.172
7 Robin Rudholm BMW SR +17.745
8 Jocke Mangs Citroën C5 +24.912
9 Daniel Haglöf Saab 9-3 +32.050
10 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +33.000
11 Roar Lindland Saab 9-3 +36.147
12 Niclas Olsson Citroën C5 +39.090
13 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +41.069
14 Alexander Graff Saab 9-3 +45.348
15 Tomas Engström Honda Civic +1:00.935

Results - Race 2 - Knutstorp

1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 20 laps
2 Richard Göransson BMW SR +0.878
3 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR +7.977
4 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +9.561
5 Linus Ohlsson Volvo S60 +10.224
6 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +10.473
7 Robin Rudholm BMW SR +13.416
8 Jocke Mangs Citroën C5 +21.161
9 Daniel Haglöf Saab 9-3 +28.587
10 Niclas Olsson Citroën C5 +29.058
11 Alexander Graff Saab 9-3 +30.701
12 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +39.808
13 Tomas Engström Honda Civic +41.071
14 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +1 lap
15 Roar Lindland Saab 9-3 DNF

Drivers' Championship

47 Richard Göransson
39 Thed Björk
34 Fredrik Larsson
32 Robert Dahlgren
20 Linus Ohlsson
16 Fredrik Ekblom
12 Robin Rudholm
8 Jocke Mangs
4 Daniel Haglöf
1 Niclas Olsson
1 Mattias Andersson

Manufacturers' Championship

81 BMW
71 Volvo
28 Citroën
24 Saab
8 Dacia
2 Honda

Calendar STCC 2013

04/05 Knutstorp**
08/06 Solvalla*
29/06 Göteborg*
13/07 Falkenberg**
10/08 Östersund*
24/08 Karlskoga**
07/09 Tierp Arena*
21/09 Mantorp Park**

* = One race
** = Two races

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