Volvo Polestar Racing, supported by DENSO, faces the 2013 STCC premiere at Knutstorp in the south of Sweden this weekend with the strongest ever team in the 17-year history of the championship. The five Volvo drivers represent together four Swedish titles, 55 STCC victories and 156 podium finishes.
Fredrik Ekblom, who secured the TTA title last year after an exceptional season, is one of Sweden’s most experienced and successful drivers, this year chasing a fourth STCC title. Another Polestar driver with a lot of experience is Robert Dahlgren, this year celebrating 10 years with Volvo. Linus Ohlsson and Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte represent the new Volvo Polestar talents for this season. 22-year-old Ohlsson had an exceptional season last year where he was the sole driver able to challenge Ekblom for the title. Prince Carl Philip impressed during the pre-season testing at Knutstorp where he made a lot of progress with his lap times in what was his first ever laps in Polestar’s Volvo S60 STCC. Volvo competes with three teams in this year’s STCC: Volvo Polestar Racing, Volvo Polestar Performance and Volvo Polestar. The fight internally between the teams is expected to be just as hard as with the other teams, something Thed Björk, who races with Ekblom for team Volvo Polestar Racing, confirms.