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Wednesday, 09 November 2016 00:00

Rogers column: The battle to keep the Volvos

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Garry Rogers Motorsport remains in limbo over the future of its current Volvo S60 Supercars.

In his exclusive column in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #95, Garry Rogers outlines why his team pursued legal action against Volvo over the ownership of the cars currently being raced by Scott McLaughlin and James Moffat.

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"We prefer to do our talking on the track than in the courts, but we believe we had to take action because Volvo did not appear to be prepared to sit down and sensibly discuss a way to resolve this issue, so we really had no option," says Rogers.

"Based on the discussions that I had with Volvo in Sweden and with management in Australia, we were of the understanding that Volvo were planning to extend our agreement by potentially three years.

"We based our business plans going forward around those discussions and then we got a phone call telling us that they weren't extending anything.

"We entered the discussions with Volvo in Sweden in good faith on the basis that they had indicated that they were keen on a renewal. Then for reasons that no one seems to be able to explain, they had a complete change of heart.

"What really surprises me is that the powers-that-be 
in Sweden can't see that the compromise deal that we put
 on the table of extending the partnership for one more season is a fair and reasonable outcome for everybody involved, including Volvo."

Rogers also discusses how the uncertainty is impacting on his team's plans for 2017 and beyond.

"It makes it very difficult to plan for 2017 when there is some doubt over what cars we would be racing," he states.

"It's no secret that we had discussions with Garth Tander. But it doesn't matter whether it's discussions with Garth or any other driver, those negotiations have an extra layer of complexity when you don't have a clear picture of what car the team will be racing."

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of issue #95 to read the full column.