Polestar Cyan Racing have confirmed that Thed Björk and Fredrik Ekblom will serve as the outfit’s drivers in Volvo’s return to the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2016.
“We have an ideal line-up with Thed and Fredrik for the first year of our new WTCC assault,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.
“Both are solid on outright speed, race craft and they are extremely well aligned in-between and with the engineering team regarding catching up with quickest in the championship.”
The Swedish duo has an impressive seven Drivers’ Championship titles between them in the Swedish and Scandinavian Touring Car Championships, and both will make their full-time WTCC debuts next year in the outfit’s all-new TC1-specification Volvo S60 Polestar cars.
“To begin a new chapter of racing with Polestar Cyan Racing and Sweden in a world championship is a dream come true,” Björk said.
“This is the most excited and motivated I have been for a season in my entire career. I have no doubt we have what it takes to work our way to the top fight and the season start cannot come soon enough.”
Ekblom – who has been Björk’s teammate and chief STCC title rival over the last decade – was equally relishing his chance to step up and race in an FIA-sanctioned world championship series.
“To race in the WTCC has been my goal ever since joining Polestar Cyan Racing in 2012 and I am proud to represent the team in a world championship,” he added.
“We have an amazing journey ahead of us and I will put everything to it. While we have a lot of development work ahead of us to catch up with the front-runners, we will be pushing hard from the first race.”
The duo will be supported by long-time Polestar ambassador and former WTCC and V8 Supercars Championship driver Robert Dahlgren, who will serve as the team’s development driver while also competing in the STCC.
The trio has spent recent weeks conducting a series of “promising” test sessions with their new car in Italy ahead of its race debut next year.
“We have been able to complete our test schedule according to plan and without any major problems so far, providing us with a lot of answers to the questions we have,” Polestar Cyan Racing team manager Fredrik Wahlen said.
“The development phase is still in the early stages where we are currently creating a foundation for our WTCC assault. We have the majority of development work still ahead of us, but it is of course rewarding to start our test programme in a positive manner.”
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