Volvo’s racing arm, Polestar, has elected to abandon plans to expand the Swedish carmaker’s presence on next year’s V8 Supercars Championship grid beyond its current two-car program next year.
Partnering with Garry Rogers Motorsport, Polestar entered the championship at the start of the 2014 season with a pair of purposebuilt Volvo S60 racers to be driven by Scott McLaughlin and Swedish import Robert Dahlgren. The cars immediately proved to be frontrunners, with McLaughlin claiming two race wins and seven pole positions for the season-to-date.
There had been speculation that it was going to enter into a customer partnership with Erebus Motorsport – which currently fields a pair of AMG Mercedes E63s on an informal partnership with AMG Customer Sports – but that now appears to have stalled.
Speaking after last weekend’s Bathurst 1000 – where McLaughlin and co-driver Alexandre Prémat looked in contention for victory until the former crashed out in the closing stages of the race – Polestar managing director Christian Dahl confirmed that those plans were on hold for now.
“I think it’s the right way to concentrate on what we’ve got at the moment,” he told the Speed Café website.
“There’s only one car that can win the championship so expanding the program before we are fully competitive, I think it’s better we focus with GRM and reaching the top with these cars to start with.
“The team have made big improvements on the race pace but I still think there is more room for improvement for next year and I think we should address that [first]. I think we can still improve the reliability of the engine and the fuel consumption,” he added.
The Swede declared that his target was for Volvo Polestar Racing to secure the V8 Supercars Championship title with Garry Rogers Motorsport in 2015, with expansion plans remaining secondary for the moment.
“When you have a competitive car it’s like insurance because if you have more of them you have more chance to win,” he added. “But the first thing is to have an engine and a car that is capable of winning (the championship) and I still think we have further to do on that one.
“In the future when the car and the engine is good enough, more cars will give a more of a chance to win.”
Image via Christian Hartung