Morocco will host the start of the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) season this weekend for Polestar Cyan Racing with drivers Thed Björk, Néstor Girolami and Nicky Catsburg- all keen to make an immediate impact on the challenging streets of Circuit Moulay El Hassan.
What’s new at Volvo Cyan Racing
- The goal to become World Champions
- Expansion to three Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 race cars
- Thed Björk, Néstor Girolami & Nicky Catsburg driving
- Monza and Macau are back on the WTCC race calendar
After an intense winter testing period with thousands of laps and development hours completed, it is time to face the opposition in the first of ten race weekends and start the journey towards the goal of becoming World Champions in 2017.
Four-time STCC champion, Thed Björk, ended strongly in last year’s development season by claiming the maiden World Championship win for the team in China and topped it off with a podium finish in the Qatar season finale.
“This is the start of my, as well as the team’s, most exciting season ever. We have never had conditions this good ahead of a season and to fight for the World Title is a lifelong dream for me. This is, of course, a team effort – I have two very fast team-mates and everyone has worked so hard during the pre-season. Marrakesh is most likely our toughest race of the season, but it will be good to analyse the competition and I have great respect for what is to come,” said Thed Björk.
Double Argentinian champion Néstor Girolami made his debut for the team in Japan last year, scoring points in both races, and has a tough mission for this race weekend as he has not raced on the Circuit Moulay El Hassan before.
“I have done a lot of time in the simulator on this track and that helps a lot. But then, of course, you need to learn the track in real life and I have to do it methodically by going faster lap by lap, because a street circuit like Marrakesh is very unforgiving to mistakes. We are really confident with the car and I hope together with Thed and Nicky to score as many points as possible this weekend,” said Néstor Girolami.
Nicky Catsburg will make his race debut for Polestar Cyan Racing in Marrakesh and is aiming to hit the ground running with a podium finish.
“I am very much looking forward to the season and to really start working closely with the team and my team-mates. The street race in Marrakesh is going to be very hot and intense. I think and hope that we can fight for the podium, that is our ambition,” said Nicky Catsburg.
Polestar Cyan Racing has ramped up its program for this season, moving the goal to become World Champions forward by one year from 2018 to 2017, meaning intense pressure for everyone in the team.
“Although the decision to challenge for the 2017 World Championship one year ahead of the original schedule was factual and rational, the immediate implications on everyone in the team are immense on an emotional level. Everyone is digging in extra deep to find the peak of their powers. I don’t think there will be a more motivated and hard-working team in this year’s WTCC paddock than Polestar Cyan Racing,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.
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