The Garry Rogers Motorsport team has completed the first shakedown test of the Volvo S60 challenger it will race in next year’s V8 Supercars Championship.
The test was held at the Royal Australian Air Force base at East Sale in Victoria, with the car undergoing a number of straightline aerodynamic runs ahead of a full parity test in January.
The car – painted white and sporting a standard endplate-mounted rear wing similar to that used by all of the current manufacturers except for Nissan – was driven by the team’s endurance co-driver, Greg Ritter.
With the purpose-built Volvo V8 engines still being assembled by the Swedish carmaker’s sporting arm, Polestar Racing, the test was conducted with one of the team’s spare Holden engines under the bonnet.
“It went well – it was nothing flash, but nothing fell off so it appears to be ok. It was very windy for the initial test,” team owner Garry Rogers told the official V8 Supercars website.
The team – which will be renamed Volvo Polestar Racing – is yet to announce details of its title sponsorship arrangements in the wake of Fujitsu’s announcement that it would exit the championship as the team’s sponsor.
Also yet to be confirmed is who will partner Scott McLaughlin in the team’s second entry. Alexandre Prémat holds a contract for next season, but his future is by no means certain – it is understood that Polestar Racing is keen to place one of its factory driver (most likely Robert Dahlgren) in the second seat.