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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

Rogers column: What could’ve been with Volvo

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Garry Rogers Motorsport will revert back to running Holden VF Commodores in 2017, following the legal dispute with Volvo that ended the three-year stint for the S60 Supercar.

In his exclusive column in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #96, Rogers gives his side of Volvo's decision to the pull the plug on its Supercars program and ponders what could've been had the Swedish manufacturer recommitted to what appeared to be a successful entry.

Issue #96 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on V8X Supercar Magazine issue #96.

"I am really proud of what we have achieved in the past three years since we began the Volvo program," he writes.

"The results have spoken for themselves. I don't think that there is any doubt that the program has worked. And I think that even Volvo would have to admit that the program has been successful for them.

"The sad part is that it could have been a fruitful partnership for many years to come had the powers-that-be at Volvo not changed their tune.

"We had even looked at the possibility of different engine configurations for the future under Gen2. Volvo had developed a four-cylinder turbo engine for their World Touring Car Championship program and we discussed that perhaps they may wish to go in this direction in the Supercar program.

"However, when that was discussed they said they didn't have a problem with the current V8 engine program. They said for the domestic series that we are competing
in that the Yamaha-designed, Volvo-built, V8 engine was fine.

"Scott McLaughlin could have been a Volvo driver for many years to come and the company could have worked with him and GRM to grow the popularity of its brand in this part of the world.

"I believe that Scott was actually planning to stay with our team, but he had another offer put in front of him and decided that he needed to take that offer to secure his future.

"I don't actually blame him for making that decision one bit. He has done a great job here, but he had an opportunity to secure his future, with a guarantee of what was going to happen and clearly after Volvo informed us so late in the day of their intentions to withdraw, we couldn't give him the same guarantee or security.

"I have recently been led to believe that the decision to withdraw was made by Volvo long ago... the only thing is that they forgot to tell us!

"Had they not changed their tune, or had they let us know earlier, we could have made other arrangements and maybe even got Scotty's signature on another contract..."

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of V8X Supercar Magazine issue #96 to read the full column.

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Superloop Adelaide 500 February 28-March 3
Melbourne 400 March 14-17
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint April 5-7
WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint April 12-14
Perth SuperNight May 2-4
Winton SuperSprint May 24-26
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown June 14-16
Watpac Townsville 400 July 5-7
Ipswich SuperSprint July 26-28
The Bend SuperSprint August 23-25
ITM Auckland SuperSprint September 13-15
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 10-13
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 October 25-27
Sandown 500 November 8-10
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 November 22-24
   

 

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Scott McLaughlin

3944

 2

 Shane van Gisbergen

3873

 3

 Jamie Whincup 

3433

 4

 Craig Lowndes

3153

 5

 David Reynolds

3225

 6

 Chaz Mostert

2807

 7

 Scott Pye

2608

 8

 Rick Kelly

2515

 9

 Fabian Coulthard

2477

 10

 Nick Percat

2290

 Full points table