Double Argentinian champion joins Prince Carl Philip in Swedish GT season finale

Double Argentinian champion Néstor Girolami to join Prince Carl Philip in the season finale of the 2017 Swedish GT championship at Mantorp Park this weekend.

Girolami, driving for Polestar Cyan Racing in the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship, has claimed two titles of the tough Super TC2000 championship in Argentina but has a challenging task ahead at Mantorp.

“I am very happy to get this opportunity and I will of course give my best to help Prince Carl Philip in the season finale – always a special race in a championship. It will not be easy as the track and car are new to me, but I am used to adapting quickly. I hope that together we can score at least one podium finish,” said Néstor Girolami.

A difficult weekend at Anderstorp two weeks ago has reduced Prince Carl Philip to only mathematical title hopes, as he is 47 points behind the championship leading Ferrari duo of Fredrik Larsson and Ingvar Mattsson, with 50 points left to be fought for.

”I was thoroughly disappointed after the weekend at Anderstorp as we were in for a podium finish in both races. But I have full focus on scoring the best possible result in both races at Mantorp and don’t now pay too much attention to the championship situation,” said Prince Carl Philip.

Prince Carl Philip is placed third in the championship, just two points behind Audi R8 LMS Ultra driver, Jan Brunstedt.

”This season has been a big change for our team in Sweden, going from sprint to endurance racing. Prince Carl Philip has obviously done a good job, having won several races and is in the fight for a top three position. We always aim to win every race and every championship, but I still think this season has brought us many good things for the future, no matter the outcome at Mantorp,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.

Follow the Polestar Cyan Racing during the Swedish GT season finale:

Swedish GT Mantorp
Circuit: Mantorp Park
Length: 3125 m
Lap record (STCC): 1:17.034 (Göransson)

(Times in CEST)
Thursday 14/9
16:00 Test (60 min)

Friday 15/9
13:30 Qualifying (30 min)
16:20 Race 1 (35 min + 1 lap)

Sunday 16/9
15:05 Race 2 (28 min + 1 lap)

TV Schedule
SVT 1 – Live 15:05 CEST 16/9 (Race 2)

Championship standings
GTA – Top 5
1 Fredrik Larsson Ferrari 488 163 points
1 Ingvar Mattsson Ferrari 488 163 points
3 Jan Brunstedt Audi R8 LMS Ultra 117 (-46)
4 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 115 (-48)
5 Thed Björk Volvo S60 89 (-74)

2017 Swedish GT Entry List
No – Driver – Team – Car
GTA Class
7 – Kari Mäkinen – Euroracing – Ferrari 458
7 – Oscar Krüger – Euroracing – Ferrari 458
11 – Toni Persic – TPR Motorsport – Chevrolet Camaro
13 – Carl Philip Bernadotte – Polestar Cyan Racing – Volvo S60
13 – Nicky Catsburg – Polestar Cyan Racing – Volvo S60
25 – Peter Eriksson – TBA – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
45 – Krister Andero – TBA – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
67 – Erik Hjeltman – Brovallen Design – Ford Mondeo
98 – Jan Brunstedt – JB Motorsport – Audi R8 LMS Ultra
99 – Ingvar Mattsson – Mattsson Motorsport – Ferrari 488
99 – Fredrik Larsson – Mattsson Motorsport – Ferrari 488
GTB Class
20 – Philip Morin – Mtech Competition – Porsche Cayman GT4
20 – Linus Pröjtz – Mtech Competition – Porsche Cayman GT4
21 – Håkan Ricknäs – Ricknäs Motorsport – Porsche Cayman GT4
21 – Thomas Martinson – Ricknäs Motorsport – Porsche Cayman GT4
31 – Hans Söderholm – Ricknäs Motorsport – Porsche 911 GT4
31 – Marcus Söderholm – Ricknäs Motorsport – Porsche 911 GT4
45 – Krister Andero – TBA – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
50 – Thomas Belfrage – Euroracing – Ferrari 360
51 – Peter Larsen – Primus Racing – Ginetta G55
51 – Johan Rosén – Primus Racing – Ginetta G55
60 – Franck Århage – Århage Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
65 – Bror Ellfolk – TBA – Ginetta G55
65 – Niclas Lindström – TBA – Ginetta G55
88 – Erik Behrens – Alfab Racing – McLaren 570S
88 – Daniel Roos – Alfab Racing – McLaren 570S

2017 Swedish GT Calendar
Date Circuit Country
04-06 May Knutstorp Sweden
07-09 July Falkenberg Sweden
11-13 August Karlskoga Sweden
01-03 September Anderstorp Sweden
14-16 September Mantorp Park Sweden

Contact Details
Johan Meissner, Press Manager
+46(0)70 241 3234

About Polestar
Polestar is Volvo Car Group’s performance road car brand and was founded by Polestar Racing, today known as Cyan Racing. Polestar’s birth was a result of Cyan Racing’s race engineers desire to explore how technology behind the multiple title-winning success in racing could be applied to the performance of road going Volvo cars, on all roads and conditions in everyday life. The first road-going performance Concepts were launched in 2010 and the first performance cars, based on the Volvo S60, were ready in 2012. In 2015, Volvo Cars acquired Polestar Performance. Today, Polestar builds the S60 and V60 Polestar, 367 hp performance road cars with over 250 developments over-and-above the standard Volvo products. It also offers Polestar Engineered performance hardware upgrades and engine software optimisations for existing Volvo products.

In the future, Polestar will become a new separately-branded electrified high-performance car company. Polestar will offer a portfolio of bespoke Polestar branded cars that will no longer carry a Volvo logo. Polestar will enjoy specific technological and engineering synergies with Volvo Cars and benefit from significant economies of scale as a result of its connection to Volvo. These synergies will allow it to design, develop and build world beating electrified high performance cars.

About Cyan Racing
Founded in 1996 and today known as Cyan Racing, the privately owned and operated company has been Volvo Car Group’s official team in motorsport since its conception. Cyan Racing has claimed multiple titles with the Volvo 850, S40, C30 and S60. Today, the company enjoys success on track with the Polestar road car brand as Polestar Cyan Racing in pursuit of both the World Touring Car Championship and Swedish GT, racing the Volvo S60 Polestar road going performance car.