Damaged Dahlgren Volvo heads for home

  • 24/08/2014
  • By V8 Supercars
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Robert Dahlgren's damaged #34 Valvoline Volvo S60 is already on a truck back to Melbourne to ensure it is ready to for the Volvo Polestar team's crucial pre-Pirtek Enduro Cup test at Winton on Monday week.

It is expected to arrive at Garry Rogers Motorsport's Dandenong headquarters around midnight, where team fabricators will immediately start the repair process.

Dahlgren crashed in the monsoonal conditions of yesterday's 100km Race 27 of the V8 supercars Championship at the Sydney Motorsport Park 400, inflicting substantial damage to the chassis of the car.

He also bruised his left leg in the hard hit into the concrete wall at turn five, but would have been fine to drive if the car had been repairable at the track.

"The thing is buggered," said team owner Garry Rogers. "It has to be jigged. The rollcage area that comes out of the front of the firewall is just all buckled.

"We could have fixed it up and made it useable today, but it wouldn't have been able to perform properly and we would have had to go through the whole thing again when we got it home.

"To me that wouldn't have been a sensible thing to do."

The test at Winton on Monday September 1 will include both team S60s and all four Pirtek Enduro Cup drivers, with Frenchman Alex Premat and stalwart Greg Ritter joining Dahlgren and Scott McLaughlin.

The crash was part of a bad day for the factory Volvo team, which suffered an engine failure in Scott McLaughlin's car in Race 26 and then had an un-tightened wheel fall of in Race 27.

The team was fined $10,000 with $5000 suspended for that error.

McLaughlin has claimed Armor All pole positon for this afternoon's 200km Race 28.

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