Volvo could increase its presence on next year’s V8 Supercars Championship grid, according to the carmaker’s Australian chief, Matt Braid.
The Swedish carmaker has been an instant hit in its debut season of V8 Supercar racing, having partnered with Holden stalwart outfit Garry Rogers Motorsport in fielding a pair of S60 racing cars for Scott McLaughlin and Swedish import Robert Dahlgren.
The combination of its Polestar-developed engine and locally-developed aerodynamic package have seen the cars competitive from the outset, with McLaughlin claiming one race win and a further three podium finishes to-date.
The marque’s successes have spawned interest from Volvo Cars Australia to expand its presence, possibly as soon as 2015.
“We are on record that going for a championship you need more than two cars on the grid, so ideally it would be great to have another two cars,” Braid told the Speed Café website.
“It’s a case of considering what the options are and at the moment we are not doing any more than that. If we were to do it it’s a case of who’s around, what’s on offer and is there a commercial situation to help us here or not?”
Volvo’s interest in expansion comes amid an active market which includes an ongoing tender process for three currently dormant Racing Entitlements Contracts, which cannot be bought be any car manufacturer.
One option potentially available to it is to expand its presence with Garry Rogers Motorsport, or engaging an external outfit to field customer cars – Braid was quick to rule out Volvo providing full factory support.
“One thing I can say is it won’t be a case of us offering another team two (factory funded) cars,” Braid added.
“It’s got to be something that fits into our program which would require the level of performance we would expect and promote the brand at the same time as well.
“If we can’t do that or can’t find that in the time frame then obviously we won’t move forward. At the moment were are doing nothing more than entertaining some discussions and seeing what options are on the table for next year.”
Image via Garry Rogers Motorsport
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