Volvo C30 Green race car World Touring Car Championship race debut
“Qualifying tenth fastest out of twenty-six cars and racing towards the front of the pack, Volvo’s only entry was rammed from behind by the Bloody SEAT driver, Rickard Rydell”
– Anthony Crawford
Scoring seventh fastest in testing at Brands Hatch last weekend, the brand new Volvo C30 Green racer was looking to match it with the world’s best touring car entries before being hit from behind by the outqualified veteran, Rydell.
It was a huge effort by Volvo driver Robert Dahlgren, who was fighting for tenth position with James Thompson, before he was forced off the road.
All the more impressive when you consider the car was using a totally new tyre compound, and had a 42-45 kilo weight disadvantage due to the ethanol in the tank.
Clearly, the C30 is a threat given that a top ranked factory driver had to crash into it, to get past.
Let’s hope the head honchos at Volvo give the team a second car for any further WTCC rounds. Maybe they’ll even win a couple if they can steer clear of the traffic.