Volvo 240 Turbo Group-A /TL Racing AB.
Present Owner: Mark Petch,
Builder: TL Racing AB, Norrköping,
Rebuilder1986: Volvo Motorsport, (from LDH to RHD)
Build year: 1984.
Chassis no#:  240A 401 (1984-85) / 603 (1986-present day).
Car status: Is undergoing full restoration.
 
1984-first appearance.

(photos from 240grupp-A.se archives)
 
Present appearance.

(photo from Pelle Nilsson)


Chronological time line


1984
In 1984 Thomas Lindström prepared and built two new cars, two identical cars, with chassis no. #240A 401 and #240A 402. 

1984-1985
Late in 1984 Volvo and Eggernberger Motorsport, Switzerland, had established a contrac, for Eggenberger to manage Volvos first Works team in Group-A. During testings in late -84 and earlie -85 Lindströms old #401-car was used by the Eggenberger used the car in testing, of course with Lindström, as he was one of the four drivers in the Eggenberger team. The car was repainted in the Eggenberger colours white and red. The #401-Volvo also was a backup car in the Eggenberger team. 

1985-1986
Late in 1985, Eggenberger had left Volvo, ad was replaced short there after by the Belgian RAS Sport team, and once more the #401-Volvo followed. And the task was the same, to function as a test car, and was now repainted to the RAS colurs white/grey/blue and rebuilt to RHD (Right hand drive), since the new RAS Sport team wanted to test the drivers on the track with this car, the car was now known as the #603. The reason to rebuild the car to RHD was simple, most of the tracks a mainly right corner oriented, and the car was faster and more reiable but it was just to much work to learn the drivers and get used to the RHD car, it was to close to the start at Monza.

Since the RAS Sport team had no use of the #603-Volvo the car was sold to the newly formed Volvo Works team in Australia, the Australian Volvo Dealer Team. 

1986
Early in the ATCC 1986 down under in Australia, the Australian Volvo Dealer Team (AVDT) had been formed, a joint operation between all the Volvo Dealers in Australia. The team already had a LHD (left handle drive), at its disposal and the RHD #603-Volvo bought from RAS in Europe. Robbie Francevic drove the LHD Volvo and his teammate John Bowe drove the new RHD #603-Volvo in the Australian Championship 1986. But the team stumbled into trouble with the engines, due to the Australian gasoline/fuel, the engines started to performe badly. Volvo Motorsport in Sweden was contacted by the Volvo Dealer Team, and Volvo sent two of their best mehacnics, Björn Sheuer and Frank Millqvist, they spent approx a month in Australia to fix the problem and to calibrate the fuel injection system to work with the Australian fuel. The Australian team also built a whole new RHD car, from a Volvo 242GT road car chassis, this was done in only six weeks. 

Later on Robbie Francevic won the Australian Championship with help from the #603-Volvo. When Volvo proclaimed that they were leaving the Group-A scene as a Works team 1986, all three cars were ordered back to Sweden in November -86. At the same time as the #603-Volvo returns to Sweden, Christer Simonsen, Gothenburg, notify Volvo that he is interested in buying the #603-Volvo, said and done.

1987
Simonsen aimed for ETCC with the former Australian Volvo, and they drove on 9 occations, placing 3rd in the class over 2500cc this year. Simonsen even got an invitation to drive at Macau in -87, and the Söderqvist Racing Sport team was there to win a third year in a row with Volvo, and his team had two cars present. However luck was not on Söderqvist's side that day, and one car broke down, team manager Hans-Åke Söderqvist asked Simonsen if he could rent his car for Macau. And Simonsen took a big thinking moment (since he wanted to race himselves at Macau), but finally decided that Söderqvist could rent his car. The man to drive the car was non the less Gianfranco Brancatelli (Volvo Champion 1985), but sadly the differential broke down in Simonsens Volvo and Brancatelli had to abort the race.

1988
Hans-Åke Söderqvist (Söderqvist Racing Sport) had the CMS-car a while into -88, and while Söderqvist still had the car his team rebuilds it from RHD to LHD (right to left steering). As Söderqvist is to take the CMS-car to the Magione track in Italy, the Italian driver Giorgio Chipelli is to drive the car one race in the Italian Championship in April. This was a PR-stunt to sell the concept Volvo 240 Turbo to the Italians, so Söderqvist could build cars then sell to them. After this little stunt in Italy the CMS-car is brought back to Sweden again back to the CMS team. They were to enter the Swedish Championship in Group-A with the Ulf Granberg (ex. Volvo works driver 1984-86), and Granberg managed to finish 2nd in total after a rough season. Note that the car was resprayed in silver as soon as the car was returned by Söderqvist in the end of April -88.

1989-1990
Now shipped to Finland from Sweden, to be rented out to Robert Koistinen (from Finland) and to race in the Finnish and the Nordic Championship 1989. After an accident at Kemora a brake disc exploded and totally ruined one of the front fenders, so the car was repainted yellow in Finland.

1990-1999
Later on the car eventually was returned to Sweden again to Christer Simonsen. In 1990 the car was sold to Stefan Larsson, owner of Swedish company SL Turbo. Larsson tested the car on Swedish racetrack Karlskoga which resulted in a broken headgasket. Some time later the mechnics at the SL Turbo company tested the car and was playing around on the track and chrashed the car and landed on the roof, after the incident the car was stored away for about 9 years. 

1999-Present day
In 1999 Swede Pelle Nilsson tracks down the car, in its poorly condition. The plan is to fully restore the car to its former glory.


Text and research by Björn Ohlson©, www.240grupp-A.se® 

Race Calendar

If there are any races missing the reason can be either that the car was not in it or there are no data available. * marks the last race of the season, one timer races is left unmarked.
 
Date Track Driver Championship
840401 Monza,

 

Thomas Lindström
Valentin Simons (in photo)
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A


 
840408 Vallelunga,
Thomas Lindström
Valentin Simons
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
 
840429 Donington,

 

Thomas Lindström
Anders Olofsson (in photo)
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A


 
840513 Enna-Pergusa,
Thomas Lindström
Anders Olofsson
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
 
840610 Brno,

 

Thomas Lindström
Anders Olofsson (in photo)
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
 
840617 Zeltweg,

 

Thomas Lindström (in photo)

Anders Olofsson
European Touring Championship in Group-A


 
840701 Salzburgring,
Thomas Lindström
Anders Olofsson
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
 
840708 Nürburgring,
Thomas Lindström
Anders Olofsson
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
 
840909 Silverstone,

 

Thomas Lindström
Anders Olofsson (in photo)
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A


 
840923 Zolder,

 

Thomas Lindström
Anders Olofsson (in photo)
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
 
841021* Mugello,
Thomas Lindström
Anders Olofsson
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
 
860427 Adeladie,
Robbie Francevic
 
Australian Touring Car Championship in Group-A
 
860501 Wanneroo,
 John Bowe
 
Australian Touring Car Championship in Group-A
 
860518 Surfers Paradise,
Robbie Francevic
 
Australian Touring Car Championship in Group-A
 
860601 Calder,
Robbie Francevic
 
Australian Touring Car Championship in Group-A
 
860615 Lakeside,
Robbie Francevic
 
Australian Touring Car Championship in Group-A
 
860629 Winton,

 

 John Bowe
Australian Touring Car Championship in Group-A
 
860714* Oran Park,
Robbie Francevic
 
Australian Touring Car Championship in Group-A
 
860814 Sandow,

Graham McRae (in photo)

Neville Chrichton
(Robbie Francevic )
 
Sandow Castrol 500
860905* Bathurst,

Graham McRae (in photo)

Neville Chrichton
(Robbie Francevic )
 
James Hardie Bathurst 1000
 
870405 Donington,

 

Christer Simonsen (in photo)

Kurt Simonsen
European Touring Championship in Group-A
 
870419 Jarama,
Christer Simonsen
Kurt Simonsen
 
World Touring Car Championship in Group-A
870426 Estoril,
Christer Simonsen
Kurt Simonsen
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
 
870525 Anderstorp,
Christer Simonsen
Kurt Simonsen
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
 
870607 Zolder,

 

Christer Simonsen
Kurt Simonsen (in photo)
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
 
870614 Zeltweg,
Christer Simonsen
Kurt Simonsen
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
 
870628 Imola,
Christer Simonsen
Kurt Simonsen
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
 
870801 Spa,
Christer Simonsen
Kurt Simonsen
 
World Touring Car Championship in Group-A
870906* Silverstone,

 

Christer Simonsen (in photo)

Kurt Simonsen
World Touring Car Championship in Group-A


 
870913* Nogaro,
Christer Simonsen
Kurt Simonsen
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
 
871129 Macau,

 

Gianfranco Brancatelli
Macau Guia Race

 
880403 Magione,

 

Giorgio Chipelli
Italian Touring Car Championship in Group-A
 
880515 Mantorp,

 

Ulf Granberg
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
880528 Knutstorp,
Ulf Granberg
 
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
880612 Anderstorp,

 

Ulf Granberg
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
880710 Falkenberg,

 

Ulf Granberg
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
880807 Knutstorp,

 

Ulf Granberg
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
880904* Kinnekulle,

 

Ulf Granberg
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
890513/14 Hämmelina Race, Robert Koistinen Finnish Touring Championship in Group-A
890603/04 Ahvenistion VM-Vauhtipäivät, Robert Koistinen Finnish Touring Championship in Group-A
890610 Anderstorp,

 
Robert Koistinen Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
890617/18 Kemora, Robert Koistinen Finnish Touring Championship in Group-A
890715/16 Kemora 500, Robert Koistinen
Lasse Lethinen
Janina Österholm
Nordic Touring Championship in Group-A
890805/06 Ahvenistion Syyskilpailu, Robert Koistinen Finnish Touring Championship in Group-A
890827 Sturup, Robert Koistinen Sturup Raceway
890909/10 Kemora, Robert Koistinen Finnish Touring Championship in Group-A