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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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Event Date
Adelaide 500 1-4 March
2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 22-25 March
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint 6-8 April
WD-40 Phillip Island 500 20-22 April
Perth SuperSprint 4-6 May
Winton SuperSprint 18-20 May
CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown 15-17 June
Watpac Townsville 400 6-8 July
Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint 20-22 July
Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint 4 August
The Bend SuperSprint 24-26 August
Sandown 500 14-16 September
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 4-7 October
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 19-21 October
ITM Auckland SuperSprint 2-4 November
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 23-25 November

 

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Scott McLaughlin

2321

 2

 Shane van Gisbergen

2190

 3

 Jamie Whincup 

1870

 4

 David Reynolds

1838

 5

 Craig Lowndes

1821

 6

 Fabian Coulthard

1652

 7

 Rick Kelly

1552

 8

 Chaz Mostert

1517

 9

 Scott Pye

1489

 10

 Tim Slade

1397

 Full points table