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Prince Carl Philip to race 5th season under new programme

It has been announced that Prince Carl Philip of Sweden will race in the 2017 season with Polestar Cyan Racing in a new programme.

The Prince will race under the new endurance programme for Swedish GT where he will drive a Volvo S60 Polestar in the GTA class.

In a media release, His Royal Highness said, “I am delighted to continue racing in Sweden for Polestar Cyan Racing, the past four seasons have been eventful and very rewarding.”

He continued, “I have raced in Swedish GT previously, and this is a format that I very much enjoy.”

Carl Philip after hist first STCC victory at Falkenbergs Motorbana, during the fourth round of the 2015 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) season. Photo: Jerry Karlgren (CC BY 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons

Prince Carl Philip after hist first STCC victory at Falkenbergs Motorbana, during the fourth round of the 2015 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) season. Photo: Jerry Karlgren (CC BY 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons

Prince Carl Philip last raced in the Swedish GT season in 2012. In that season, he placed fourth overall in the GTB class. The 2017 season will begin on 4 – 6 May and come to a conclusion 14 – 16 September.

According to a media release, the Swedish GT runs “together with the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship for five race weekends in Scandinavia.”

 Prince Carl Philip driving for Volvo Polestar Racing at Falkenbergs Motorbana, during the fourth round of the 2015 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) season. Photo: Jerry Karlgren (CC BY 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons

Prince Carl Philip driving for Volvo Polestar Racing at Falkenbergs Motorbana, during the fourth round of the 2015 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) season. Photo: Jerry Karlgren (CC BY 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons

The Head of Motorsport at Polestar, Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, explained, “Swedish GT is a fine solution for us to maintain our motorsport activities on our home market. The new format of endurance racing will mean a new challenge for Prince Carl Philip and the team to adapt to, something we have full confidence in them succeeding with.”

The Swedish GT race format has two endurance races per weekend. Prince Carl Philip will share a car with another Polestar Cyan Racing driver for one race and drive alone for the other. More information will be announced in due course.

Prince Carl Philip has raced for numerous years, and his passion was inherited from his great-uncle and godfather, Prince Bertil. Often his cars feature the names of charities close to his heart. Project Playground, the organisation his wife, Princess Sofia, started and the World Childhood Foundation, which was started by his mother, Queen Silvia, are two of the charities that have had their logos on the cars he has driven.

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