Volvo is no stranger from the FIA WTCC, as Robert Dahlgren and Tommy Rustad used to drive on selected events through the past few seasons. However, with the championship now switching to new technical rules, the Swedish manufacturer believes this is a great opportunity to make the field on a race-to-race basis.
“We see WTCC now addressing its major obstacle for growth with the new engine regulations. At the same time, we see several national championships starting to stray from the FIA S2000 regulations by several own counterproductive decisions and dispensations from a manufacturer perspective,” said Volvo's motorsport commercial director, Alexander Murdzevski.
“We will remain focused on the improved FIA S2000 regulations used in WTCC. That is why we have given Polestar a green light to further evaluate competitiveness, and challenged them to establish a financial and technical plan for WTCC for 2011, including a full FIA homologation of the current C30 car.”
The C30 is currently unable to score points in the FIA WTCC manufacturers' standings, as its bio-ethanol-powered configuration is only homologated in the Swedish Touring Championship. The cars will however be allowed to compete in this year's rounds at Brands Hatch or Okayama.
“We are very happy Volvo has made the decision to let us do Brands Hatch again and Okayama. We have done one World Touring Car Championship event per season to evaluate our car against the best. These two meetings will allow an even better evaluation,” said Polestar boss Christian Dahl.