Volvo 240 Turbo Group-A /IPS Motorsport.
Present Owner: Pelle Nilsson,
Builder: IPS Motorsport,
Build year: 1985.
Chassis no#:  IPS 8501.
Car status: Is being restored.
 
1985-first appearance.

(photo from Per Stureson)
 
Present appearance.

(photo from 240grupp-A.se archives)


Background

Not at the same time but in the same year Per Stureson drove his Volvo 240 to glory as he clinshed the DTM title in 1985, as Stureson final score after the season was 17,5 point ahead of the second car of the season. This is what you might call a sensation!

As the team was to be a works team under Volvo Germany, a brand new chassis from Volvo Sweden was provided to the IPS team. With backup from both Volvo Germany and Castrol Germany the team could afford the right stuff from Volvo Motorsport in Sweden, to complete, and to maxamize, the car. The team built the car from scratch by themself once more, and after 5 (what I belive) long months the car was race ready. And Sturesons good friend Peter Kroeber, owner of the company ISA-Racing in Germany, gave the IPS team discounted prices, on selected parts. And the result was a winner car!

During 1985 team mate Ingemar Persson had retired from racing, and took the job as team manager of IPS Motorsport, Stureson continued to race the car. With a new car the team was confident to give the other teams a good and fair fight on track, as the BMW's and Rovers had evolved since 1984, as had the 240 Turbo. The team has the same parts as the Eggenberger works team in the ETC. Stureson always placing among the 10 top cars in every race, he took 1st place at Wunstorf, placed 2nd at Mainz-Finthen and Erding. After that the results was some what lesser good but the points is that counts, and the points is what led Stureson to win the DTM series 1985, and also due to that the team never had aborted one race during out of whole season. Thanks to Volvos winning and great parts! The team had also made a wise choice when it came to chosing the right tyres, as in 1985 the team mostly ran on Pirelli tyres and tyres are a big deal of winning in racing!

The next season, 1986, was also a good season as far as the IPS team was concerned, in the first round at Zolder Stureson place 3rd, and Peggen Andersson (also in a Volvo) had placed 2nd, at Hockenheim
Stureson took 2nd place and once more after fellow countryman Peggen Andersson that placed 1st! But after this the team placed themselves further down in the results list, but once more at Zolder Stureson took 2nd place. And to mention, once more, Stureson always placed himself in Top 10 in every race, and not once the team aborted one race. The IPS team is the only Volvoteam to actually not abort in any race in the years 1985-86, they always crossed the finishing line. Stureson once mentioned to me that the reason to bad results was due to a bad choice of tyres, the team ran on Goodyear tyres and this costed the team victories during the 1986 season, but even so IPS team had some bad placings during out the season the point was enough to a 4th placing after the season in the 1986 DTM season.    

The IPS team continued to race in 1987, but the team had now got and additional driver and car, Anders Lindberg was his name. But now things was not as good as before in 1985-86, as best Stureson placed 3rd at Norisring and Lindvberg placed 4th at Nürburgring. In 1987 the IPS team had free tyres from Michelin. But the Volvo's had trouble catching up with the new BMW M3 and the Ford Sierra monsters, this was a whole new category of opponents! But after a rough 1987 season Stureson finally placing 7th overall and Lindberg placing 11th.

After 1987 the IPS team went from Volvo to Mercedes, a 190E 2.3-16. The IPS team sold the Volvo in the autumn 1987, to Hans-Åke Söderqvist. A co-op between Tom Walkinshaw (TWR), the nemesis to the Volvo in 1985-86, and Hans-Åke Söderqvist was established. Stureson delivered the Volvo to the TWR premises in England. It is said the the car underwent re-construction, the front control arms mounts was moved forward on the 
front axle beamchanging the angles. Also it is said that the body was widen in the rear over the rear wheels. After this re-construction Ulf Granberg tested with Win Percy at Donington with the car, testings was also done in France at the Nogaro track, also with Ulf Granberg, and with Tom Walkinshaw. The whole idea was to take this Volvo to Wellington Street Races in New Zealand 1987, preperations was made by Söderqvist Racing Sport. Then the rumors started to go around that TWR and Volvo had landed a major contract, that Tom Walkinshaw was to drive with Ulf Granberg at Wellington in the old DTM Volvo. 

But now something happens as the team was to race at Monza in Italy, Walkinshaw withdraw from the deal with Söderqivist suddenly! And now the Söderqvist Racing Sport team stod without a busniess partner and major sponsor... As the team had planed to enter other major races in New Zealand and in Asia, this problem had to be solved to get the cash to go through with this plan. Söderqvist solved the problem by letting two Italians rent one of his car in the 1987 ETCC-series and with a second car Söderqvist entered in the Swedish Championship to get the cash to go to New Zealand, with Ulf Granberg and Peggen Andersson, where both also entered in the Nordic Championship.

The cash flow problem was solved, and the team got the economics together to go to New Zealand, with two cars and four drivers. And as TWR had withdrawn from the deal, Ulf Granberg was to drive with Stig Blomqvist and in the other car was Peggen Andersson and Ian "Inky" Tulloch. Granberg/Blomqvist placed 13th as best and the other car with Andersson/Tulloch had to abort the race due to a broken front suspension. Next race was in Japan at the Fuji Speedway course, here the Söderqvist Racing Sport team only entered with one car, with Ulf Granberg and Ian "Inky" Tulloch and the team placed 11th in Japan. Now we are moving on to Macau in China, now Ulf Granberg was to drive with the 1985 ETCC Champion and Italian Gianfranco Brancatelli, in Kamachi sponsored Volvo's, but a broken rear axle forced the team had to abort the race. 

And in the end of 1987 the old DTM-Volvo get sold to Volvo Thailand to be raced as a works car. As the och DTM-Volvo lives on, now in Thailand as a works car, in a team where also Swede Peggen Andersson now is driving his old DTM Volvo, now also sold to Volvo Thailand to run as a works car. The driver that is to drive the old DTM Volvo is Thai Kriengkrai  Limnuntarak. Then the Volvo remains in Thailand during 1987-89 and is brought back to Sweden in the end of 1989 persumed, by Hans-Åke Söderqvist on the behalf of Swede Stefan Pettersson, he is to drive the car in the Swedish Championship 1990. Pettersson not being the greatest saloon car driver he did not performe that good during the years 1990-92 in the Swedish Championships. Pettersson makes the choise to put the car out for sale in 1992, with the title "Volvo 240 GRPA Turbo, The worst kind (meaning the best kind). Can be sold as a complete car, as a rolling chassis or in parts". The car was finally sold, but the car was sold of in part, the engine was sold to a Danish Super Special Saloon team driving a Ford Capri, the gearbox was sold to Swedish engine ace Lennart Köhler (owner of the Swedish company Köhler Racing).

And was left now was a rolling chassis complete with rollcage. The remainings of the old DTM-Volvo is sold to Brage Rönnqvist in the end of 1992. And after years of looking for this Rönnqvist I finally tracked him down, I contacted Brage and learned that he tested the car on a public road, with a B20 engine(!). Rönnqvist also told me the he later on had plans to put a 16-valve turbo engine into the old DTM-car. But this never happened, the car was put away as a rolling chassis to fall into oblivion (so to speak) in an old barn.
And now  as the car have been standing in this barn for about 13 years, with some love the car could be restored again. Rönnqvist adds the he have put in a Volvo 242GT panel into the dashboard to make the car more "street legal" if needed, and the springs had been changed to more softer springs more suitable for street driving, otherwise the car was to "bumpy" for the street with the race springs.

The condition of the car today is not the best but its far from worse to! The body had managed to stay away from the heavy rust. And even in it's condition now this car could be valued to a high price, as one of very few remaining Group-A Volvos. If the car had been a complete race car and not just a rolling chassis it would probably be valued to over a million, that being measured in SEK (Swedish currency), thats not Dollar or Euro.

And lets note forget that this is the car the Per Stureson won the DTM with in 1985... As the history is priceless. Sadly the owner Rönnqvist stored the car very poorly, in a windy and small barn, and he did not realise what car he had stored in his barn. But today the car is stored in a much better and warmer place with the new owner Pelle Nilsson.

And is beeing fully restored.



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
850324 Zolder,
Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
850512 Avus-Rennen,
Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
850602 Mainz-Finthen,

 

Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
850609 Erding,
Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
850721 Diepholz,
Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
850818 Zolder,
Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
850908 Siegerlandring,
Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
850922* Nürburgring,

 

Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
860404 Hockenheim,
Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
860427 Nürburgring,
Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
860511 Avus-Rennen,
Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
860518 Anderstorp,

Per Stureson
Kurt Simonsen
Anders Berggren
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
860601 Mainz-Finthen,
Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
860608 Wunstorf,
Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
860713 Nürburgring,
Per Stureson
Anders Lindberg
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
860818 Zolder,
Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
860821* Nürburgring,
Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
860928* Zolder,
Per Stureson
Anders Lindberg
 
Europeiska Mästerskapen i Grupp-A
870329 Hockenheim,
Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
870412 Zolder,
Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
870426 Nürburgring,
Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
870510 Avus-Rennen,
Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
870525 Anderstorp,

Per Stureson
Anders Lindberg
 
Europeiska Mästerskapen i Grupp-A
870531 Mainz-Finthen,
Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
870628 Norisring,
Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
870711 Nürburgring,
Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
870712 Nürburgring,
Per Stureson
Leif Lindström
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
870802 Wunstorf,
Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
870809 Diepholz,
Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
870823* Salzburgring,
Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
 
871026 Wellington,

Ulf Granberg
Stig Blomqvist
 
Nissan Mobil 500
871115 Fuji Speedway,

 

Ulf Granberg
Ian Tulloch  
 
Fuji Inter-Tec Race
871129 Macau,

 

Ulf Granberg
 
Macau Guia Race
88? ?

 

Kriangkrai Limnuntarak
 
Thai Touring Car Championship in Group-A
 
89? ?

 

Ao Chi Hong /

 
Thai Touring Car Championship in Group-A
 
900513 Mantorp,
Stefan Pettersson
 
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
 
900527 Knutstorp,

Stefan Pettersson
 
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
 
900729 Kinnekulle,
Stefan Pettersson
 
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
 
900805* Knutstorp,
Stefan Pettersson
 
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
 
91? ?
Stefan Pettersson
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A