Garry Rogers Motorsport says it will continue to race Volvo S60s in 2017 and beyond, despite today's announcement by Polestar.
News that Polestar would not continue to support the V8 Supercar program beyond 2016 broke this afternoon. However, according to GRM, Polestar’s support of the team had already ended at the beginning of this year after the Polestar business was purchased by Volvo and the racing arm was rebranded Cyan Racing.
“Polestar advised us at the start of this season that their involvement in V8 Supercars had ceased,” GRM boss Barry Rogers said.
“If you look at the rear wing of our car; last year it said Volvo Polestar Racing, this year it says Volvo Cyan Racing. If you look at our trucks, last year it said Volvo Polestar Racing, this year we have Volvo Dealer Team on it.
“So the Polestar connection ceased, as far as GRM is concerned, at the start of the 2016 season.
“In day to day business, it really doesn’t affect what we do. Nothing changes from our end.”
Since 2014 GRM has been a factory Volvo team under the new gen V8 Supercars rules, with two S60s on the grid steered by Scott McLaughlin and James Moffat this season.
McLaughlin won both races at the last event in Phillip Island and scored Volvo’s first win in V8 Supercars at next circuit on the calendar, Perth, in 2014.
Supercars CEO James Warburton was disappointed by today’s announcement from Polestar about its future in the sport beyond 2016.
“It is a disappointing decision by Polestar, especially given the positive discussions being held locally about Volvo’s continued involvement in the series,” Warburton said.
“However we understand that ultimately this was a global decision. We have really enjoyed the association with Volvo and the success they have enjoyed in Supercars.
“Garry Rogers Motorsport has indicated that it is committed to race Volvos in the 2016 and 2017 seasons and we will continue to have discussions with Volvo Car Australia about its ongoing involvement in the sport.”