– Top trio: Catsburg and Girolami join team regular Björk
– Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 upgraded for championship challenge
– Major investment includes opening of start-of-the-art factory by Cyan Racing
Factory Volvo team Polestar Cyan Racing has recruited an all-star driver line-up to achieve its stated aim in 2017: to win the FIA World Touring Car Championship.
At a press conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, today (27 February), it was announced that Nicky Catsburg and Néstor Girolami will join long-term Volvo driver and multiple Scandinavian Touring Car champion Thed Björk to form a potent driving force.
They will race the uprated Volvo S60 Polestar TC1, which has undergone a significant test and development programme during the winter through an increase in engineering and technical resources. That investment has been backed up by the opening of the new CYAN Motorsport Center in Gothenburg, built at a cost of 18 million euros to underline the Polestar team’s determination to land the coveted FIA world title.
And by adding Catsburg and Girolami to its fold, Polestar Cyan Racing has three WTCC title contenders on its books as one of the most open World Touring Car Championships for almost a decade prepares for lift-off at WTCC Race of Morocco from 7-9 April.
François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCC promoter, said: “This is a huge statement of intent, on track and off track, to promote Polestar performance on a global stage. Racing is part of the DNA of most automotive performance brands. Polestar Cyan Racing deserves big praise for giving Néstor his big break having allowed him the opportunity to demonstrate his potential during a one-off race at Motegi last season. We are all aware of Thed’s ability after he won WTCC Race of China last year, while Nicky was one of the best WTCC performers last year. I wish them well in reaching their objective in 2017, and welcome the competition among the team and against the rest of the field.