Volvo’s plans of expanding its presence on next year’s V8 Supercars Championship grid could be taking shape. Outgoing Volvo Car Australia managing director Matt Braid has confirmed that the manufacturer is in talks with a number of teams, including Erebus Motorsport.
“We have had a chat to multiple teams and Erebus is one,” Braid told the official V8 Supercars website.
The Swedish carmaker returned to the Australian touring car scene after an absence of almost thirty years, partnering its Polestar racing arm with series stalwart outfit Garry Rogers Motorsport to field a pair of purposebuilt S60 racers. The partnership has been a major success, with driver Scott McLaughlin regularly featuring at the sharp end of the field.
Rumours of an expansion beyond its two-car presence quickly began to gather momentum, although any expansion would be in the form of a customer support programme.
“We would love to see more cars on the grid but there is a long way to go in a very short time,” Braid added. “If we went forward with a team or teams there would be a factory link there, but maybe not to the degree of what we are seeing with Volvo Polestar Racing.
“There is only so much time to make those sorts of decisions. Realistically you are talking by the end of October. The Volvo Polestar racing program is locked down, two cars. We have had approaches from numerous teams… if we actually agreed to all those we would probably have another six cars on the grid. That’s not going to happen either.”
The team seemingly at the front of the queue for Volvo badging is Erebus Motorsport, currently in its second year of a two-year customer sports deal with Mercedes AMG. While the Queensland-based team is understandably keen to continue racing its E63 AMG racers, that is entirely dependent on whether it can renew a deal with the three-pointed star.
Braid’s position will be taken over my Kevin McCann, who has previously served with Audi and Volkswagen.
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