Volvo Polestar Racing and reigning champion Thed Björk was fastest in the first official Scandinavian Touring Car Championship test of 2015 at Knutstorp.

”This is just the start to the season that I wanted. My goal is firmly set on becoming the first ever driver to claim three straight STCC titles and this has definitely boosted my confidence,” said Björk.

Björk set his fastest lap of 57.592 in the first session of the first day, a time that was never beaten during the two test days.

”The car worked really well straight out of the box, despite the change to a new tyre manufacturer this year. I can’t wait until the first race, this is going to be a good one!” said Björk.

Team mate Fredrik Ekblom was not far behind, setting the third fastest time overall, just 83 thousands of a second behind Björk.

”It has been two really strong test days. We have gone through our planned test programme and the information we have got was vital. I have a good feeling ahead of the first race, my sights are firmly set on number one in the championship,” said Ekblom.

Prince Carl Philip made steady progress during the test sessions and was sixth fastest on the morning session of the second day, just six tenths of a second from the top time.

”We have made a lot of progress and while there is still a lot of work left, I am quite happy with the test in total,” said Prince Carl Philip.

A lot of attention was put on the new tyres, with the championship switching from Yokohama to Michelin, with limited time for the teams to find the best possible setup.

The 2015 STCC seasons starts on May 7-8th with the Skövde Airport Race.

Knutstorp STCC Test – Day 1 & 2 combined – Top 5

1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 57.592
2 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +0.065
3 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +0.083
4 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 +0.090
5 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR +0.097

7 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +0.720

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2015 STCC Calendar
08-09/05 Skövde Airport
29-30/05 Anderstorp
25/06 Mantorp Park
10-11/07 Falkenberg
14-15/08 Karlskoga
11-12/09 Solvalla
25-26/09 Knutstorp

Drivers – Volvo Polestar Racing 2015

Thed Björk
Lives: Karlskoga, Sweden
Born: 14 December 1980
Race Car: Volvo S60 Polestar STCC
History:
2014 – STCC – Champion
2013 – STCC – Champion
2012 – TTA – 3rd
2011 – Camaro Cup – Champion
2009 – STCC – 2nd
2008 – STCC – 3rd
2006 – STCC – Champion
2005 – STCC – 2nd
2003 – GTR Sweden – Champion
2001 – FIA Sportscar SR2 – Champion
1999 – F3 Sweden & Nordic – Champion

Fredrik Ekblom
Lives: Kumla, Sweden
Born: 6 October 1970
Race Car: Volvo S60 Polestar STCC
History:
2014 – STCC 3rd
2012 – TTA – Champion
2011 – STCC – 2nd
2010 – STCC – 3rd
2008 – STCC – 2nd
2008 – Nürburgring 24 Hours Winner S1 Class
2007 – STCC – Champion
2004 – STCC – 3rd
2003 – STCC – 2nd
2003 – STCC – Champion
1998 – STCC – Champion
1991 – F3000 UK – 2nd
1990 – F3 Sweden – 2nd

Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte
Lives: Stockholm, Sweden
Born: 13 May 1979
Race Car: Volvo S60 Polestar STCC
History:
2014 – STCC – 12th
2013 – STCC – 13th
2012 – Swedish GT GTB – 4th
2011 – Porsche Carrera Cup – 11th
2010 – Porsche GT3 Endurance – Champion
2009 – Porsche Carrera Cup – 15th
2008 – Porsche Carrera Cup – 27th