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Prince Carl Philip’s 2018 racing career uncertain

Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip’s 2018 racing career is uncertain. It is not known if he will partake in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) this season, reported Swedish newspaper Expressen.

A passionate motorsport enthusiast, the Prince has previously raced for Polestar Cyan Racing in a Volvo alongside Thed Björk. Last year, His Royal Highness competed in the Swedish GT class. He got his first win in 2015 at Falkenberg.

The uncertainty stems from the announcement that the type of Volvo the Prince races in, TTA, is going to be phased out. A press release from the STCC said, “It’s an open question about whether Prince Carl Philip and Björk will start this year’s Swedish GT. And if so, what car.”

Prince Carl Philip racing in the 2015 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship. Photo: Jerry Karlgren/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0

Cyan Polestar Racing’s Press Officer, Johan Meissner, said that there would be an announcement regarding Prince Carl Philip’s racing future soon.

The Prince’s love of car racing was inherited from his great-uncle and godfather, Prince Bertil. Carl Philip’s father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, who never raced, is also known to enjoy fast cars. In the past, he has been known, much to his amusement, to drive his sports cars at such a high speed that his security detail has trouble keeping up. He was pulled over once for driving above the speed limit, but once the officer realised whom he had pulled over, the King was free to go.

Prince Carl Philip often features the names of charities close to his heart on his cars. Project Playground, the organisation his wife, Princess Sofia, started and the World Childhood Foundation, which was launched 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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