Volvo Polestar Racing have confirmed that Robert Dahlgren will leave Garry Rogers Motorsport and the V8 Supercars Championship at the end of this season.
Dahlgren joined Garry Rogers Motorsport at the start of the 2014 season to assist with the development of the Volvo S60 V8 Supercar. His extensive motor racing experience will see him continue to work with Volvo and Polestar in the future.
“To be involved in such a successful debut V8 Supercars season has been incredibly rewarding, and I am proud to have played a key role in the development of the new car and engine, linking GRM in Melbourne with Polestar in Gothenburg,” said Dahlgren.
“The entire GRM team – and the Australian motorsport fans – have all been incredibly welcoming to me and my family. The V8 Supercars Championship is without doubt one of the best in the world and I leave Australia with many happy memories.”
Garry Rogers also commented on Dahlgren’s departure.
“We at GRM are very thankful to Robert for the assistance and professionalism he has displayed in his 12 month contract with our race team. As much as sheer race results may not indicate the true value of Robert’s input, his off track input and work has been very much appreciated, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.
“Robert has a very good engineering mind and his knowledge on the processes within both Volvo and Polestar have been extremely helpful with our transition to a factory Volvo Polestar team. I wish him, his wife Nina and young son and daughter all the best in their return to Sweden”.
Polestar CEO Christian Dahl reflected on Dahlgren’s V8 Supercar career with the following statement.
“Robert’s results on track were what we were to expect with a new car, new engineer and new tracks. However, his task in aligning the R&D work between Gothenburg and Melbourne was done well above the pace we could expect. Now, we need Robert back home again for coming projects.”
Dahlgren has had a difficult season performance wise which has left him sitting last in the driver’s standings. His best performance saw him finish 13th alongside Greg Ritter at the Gold Coast 600. His best solo performance came at the Tasmania 400 where he finished 16th.
Dahlgren’s replacement at Volvo Polestar Racing has not been formally announced but early reports are suggesting David Wall may be in line to take his place.