Björk, Ekblom to chase WTCC success with Polestar Cyan Racing
Introducing Polestar Cyan Racing’s new WTCC recruits
Multiple champion drivers Thed Björk and Fredrik Ekblom will front Polestar Cyan Racing’s bid for FIA World Touring Car Championship glory from 2016, the Swedish squad has confirmed.
The Swedes have signed multi-year contracts to drive Volvo S60 Polestar TC1s and bring vast experience having amassed a combined 12 major titles and more than 100 race victories in international championships and events.
“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, the performance brand of Volvo Cars. “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.”
Christian Dahl, the CEO of Cyan Racing, added: “Thed and Fredrik are two of the very best touring car drivers in the world and they have achieved remarkable results for us in the past. Both of them have played a vital part in the development of our new race car and I am keen to see them start our journey towards the top of the FIA World Touring Car Championship.”
Björk steps up to the WTCC for 2016 on the back of winning a record-breaking third Swedish Touring Car title in 2015. He said: “To begin a new chapter of racing with Polestar Cyan Racing and Sweden in a world championship is a dream come true. 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 was Björk’s main rival to the 2015 STCC title and is one of the most successful touring car drivers from his homeland with three STCC titles to his name. He said: “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. 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.”
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