Robert Dahlgren will make his V8 Supercars debut with Volvo Polestar Racing

Swedish racing ace Robert Dahlgren has been announced as Scott McLaughlin’s teammate at the new Volvo Polestar Racing team in this year’s V8 Supercars Championship, joining the team previously known as Garry Rogers Motorsport.

Volvo will become the fifth different car brand in this year’s championship, making a return to the Australian touring car landscape after a near twenty-year absence with a pair of Volvo S60 racers purposebuilt to the current ‘Car of the Future’ regulations.

Thirty-four-year-old Dahlgren has been a longstanding Volvo driver in the Swedish, Scandinavian and World Touring Car Championships, finishing runner-up in his home touring car championship on three separate occasions.

 

The widely expected news was confirmed at a media event in Melbourne this morning.

“I am really happy to be joining Volvo Polestar Racing in V8 Supercars, it is a dream come true for me,” Dahlgren said.

His appointment was, not surprisingly, met with high praise by Volvo Car Australia managing director Matt Braid and Volvo Polestar Racing team owner Garry Rogers.

“The Volvo S60 is a car Robert knows inside out, so we’re delighted he’s joining our racing program,” Braid said of Dahlgren.

“Robert’s experience and ability to develop a race car will be critical in our debut racing season, so we’re all looking forward to seeing what he – and Scott – can do with the Volvo S60 out on the track.”

 
ROBERT DAHLGREN PROFILE
1998 Nordic Formula Ford, 1st overall
Swedish Formula Ford, 1st overall
2000 European Formula Ford, 2nd overall
2001 British Formula Ford, 1st overall
2002-3 British Formula 3, 4 wins
2004 STCC, 3 wins, 2nd overall
2005 STCC, 3 wins, 7th overall
2006 STCC, 1 win, 6th overall
2007 STCC, 2 wins, 2nd overall
2008 STCC, 2 wins, 5th overall
2009 STCC, 4 wins, 7th overall
2010 STCC, 3 wins, 2nd overall
Scan. Touring Car Cup, 1st overall
2011 FIA WTCC, 11th overall
STCC, 1 win, 14th overall
2012 TTA Racing Elite Series, 5th overall
2013 STCC, 3rd overall
2014 V8 Supercars Championship

Dahlgren turned heads with some impressive performances in the World Touring Car Championship

“With Robert Dahlgren joining Scott McLaughlin in the team I see this as a great opportunity to continue with our recent solid performances,” Rogers added.

“Robert’s history shows he has proven to be a successful Volvo Polestar Racing driver.”

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Richard Bailey

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