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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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Clipsal 500 Adelaide

2-5 March

Tyrepower Tasmania Super Sprint 

7-9 April

WD-40 Phillip Island 500  21-23 April 

Perth Super Sprint  

5-7 May 

Winton Super Sprint 

19-21 May 

CrownBet Triple Crown Darwin

16-18 June

Watpac Townsville 400

7-9 July

Coates Hire Ipswich Super Sprint

28-30 July

Red Rooster Sydney Super Sprint

18-20 August

Wilson Security Sandown 500

15-17 September

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

5-8 October

Vodafone Gold Coast 600

20-22 October

ITM Auckland Super Sprint

3-5 November

Coates Hire Newcastle 500

24-26 November

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Jamie Whincup

2850

 2

 Scott McLaughlin

2820

 3

 Fabian Coulthard

2674

 4

 Chaz Mostert

2586

 5

 Shane van Gisbergen

2574

 6

 Craig Lowndes

2160

 7

 Cameron Waters

2071

 8

 Mark Winterbottom

2058

 9

 Garth Tander

2028

 10

David Reynolds 

1956

 Full points table