Volvo Polestar has signed World Touring Car Champion Gabriele Tarquini in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship with the Volvo Polestar Green Racing team for the next two races. Earlier this week, James Thompson left the team. On August 13, Tarquini will be partnering with Tommy Rustad at Karlskoga.
Team Manager Christian Dahl for Volvo Polestar Racing commented that they are pleased to have Tarquini in the team.
He added that aside from Tarquini’s track record with Formula 1 and titles in BTCC, WTCC and ETCC, he was also impressed on how Tarquini has done a good job in the WTCC this year. Dahl hopes for Tarquini to score important points for the team in the STCC championship.
Tarquini will handle the Volvo C30 DRIVe race car, which is the same vehicle that Robert Dahlgren drives for Volvo Polestar in the WTCC, except that it is powered by bio ethanol E85 and has a naturally aspirated engine.
Volvo Polestar is the reigning STCC team champions. It also won the STCC team and the driver championship the other year with this vehicle and with Rustad. However, Volvo Polestar is very keen to maintain realistic expectations.
With less than two weeks before the Karlskoga race, the World Touring Car Champion is getting ready to suit up for the team. Tarquini described Volvo Polestar as a highly professional team with a very good car and serious ambitions, having raced against them and their C30 in the WTCC. He noted that while he had piloted most types of racing cars for several brands in many different international and national championships, this stint with Volvo and the STCC will be two firsts for him.
Christian Dahl, Team Manager for Volvo Polestar Racing, welcomed Tarquini to the team, noting how the champion has impressed them with the job he is doing in the WTCC this year, aside from the fact that he has experience in Formula 1 and won titles in BTCC, ETCC and WTCC.
Dahl added that he hopes Tarquini would be able to apply his talent in STCC and score important points for Volvo Polestar at the STCC team championship. Derek Crabb, Executive Director for Motorsport at Volvo Cars, disclosed that Tarquini will compete in the races at Karlskoga and Jyllandsringen, which are considered as two of the worst tracks for front-wheel-drive cars on the calendar. He noted that the races at Karlskoga and Jyllandsringen would test how quick and how well Tarquini and Volvo Polestar could work as a team.