Volvo 240 Turbo Group-A /Australian Volvo Dealer Team.
Present Owner: Mark Petch,
Builder: Geoff Grech - Volvo Dealer Team Australia,
Build year: 1986.
Chassis no#:  2428A1168048.
Car status: Is race ready.
Present technical photos:

 
1986-first appearance.

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

(photo from Koen Von Brusselen)


Background

This Volvo is one, of three car, from Australia 1986, this car is also the only Group-A built Volvo from Australia, with parts, from Volvo Motorsport in Sweden. The car was built from a Volvo 242GT chassis from the street, this was done in only six weeks.

After the sad thing when Volvo announced that they would withdraw from Group-A in 1986, this car soon was in Japan, more precise 1987, after being for a quick update at Volvo Motorsport here in Sweden. With the Japanese Le Mans
team and Volvo Japan, this Volvo was run in the Japanese Touring Car Championship (JTCC), with Swedish drivers Robert L. Kvist and Anders Olofsson, on Fuji Speedway it was Kvist and Per-Gunnar "Peggen" Andersson and in the last round of the JTCC Kvist drove the car with the Brazilian Formula driver Mauricio Sandro Sala. Shortly after the ending of the JTCC season, the car was shipped back to Sweden again, and was now in the ownership of Hans-Åke Söderqvist (Söderqvist Racing Sport). Peggen Andersson was placed behind the wheel in this RHD Volvo, Söderqvist had set his mind on the Swedish Championship 1987, this was done, and done so well that Peggen could jump the final race. He had already won anyway!

In 1988 Seppo Palmroth, from Finland, rented the car from Söderqvist Racing Sport.  The car was rented by a Belgian team to run in the European Touring Car Championship.

The next coming year, 1989, Peter Pettersson buys the car from Hans-Åke Söderqvist to enter the 1989 Swedish Championship, and late in -89 the car was sold to Denmark, buyer is unknown to me. Even so Pettersson claims to have seen the car around 1990-92. Then the rumor came, that the car had been rebuilt, and was now a Special Saloon car, and around 1995 Danish Knud E. Sørensen (Sorensen) race the car in Denmark Special Saloon series, so sadly the rumors were true. 

Then the car disappears, without and trace, for some years but then all of a sudden reappears in 2009, on a internet site, Mobile.de, and according to the ad the car now is in Spain, and far way from home. A
Spaniard that runs a shop, where he restores old racecars, had been given the job to sell the car from a decent 's estate. Sadly all the history on the car had been lost over the years. However a Norwegian spots the car on the site Mobile.de(!), and this Norwegian guy is a very brave man, as he buys the car, only from looking at the photos at Mobile.de, and in the end of January of 2009 the car arrives to Norway, in a container, and its new owner Thor Rustad. And since that day Rustad have been restoring the car to its original and former glory, as it was in Australia 1986. 

And after the deal, and after the car arriving in Norway, Rustad contacts me, since he was unsure of which car this could be? Since all of the history had been long lost. However, fortunately the chassis numbers was still there on the chassis. And I remembered a conversation, that I had with Peter Pettersson, and that he told me, that he still have the log book, from when he had his car back in 1989, in this log book the chassis numbers could to be found, and the numbers were a perfect match with Rustads car! So thanks to my extended research of Rustads car, we luckily found out that this was the newly built car, built in
Australia 1986 (in only six weeks) by the Australian Volvo Dealer Team (AVDT)!


Chronological timeline


1986
A new RHD (Right Hand Drive) car is built in Australia 1986, this was done over the time of only six weeks. This car was built for one purpose only, to race at
James Hardie 1000 (Bathurst) and Castrol 500 (Sandow), two enduranceraces. The car was built from a used Volvo 242GT chassis, with parts from Volvo Motorsport in Sweden.

1987
The car is shipped from Australia, to Sweden to Volvo Motorsport for a update and check up. Was then shipped to Japan, Robert L. Kvist, Anders Olofsson, Per-Gunnar "Peggen "Andersson and the 
Brazilian Formula driver Mauricio Sandro Salarace. the car with help from Volvo Japan and the Team Le Mans. Peggen Andersson also wins the Swedish Championship in Group-A in this RHD-Volvo.

1988
The car is shipped back to Sweden, Seppo Palmroth, from Finland, rents the car from Söderqvist Racing Sport (SRS). Later a Belgian team, rents the car from SRS, to enter the ETCC.

1989-1990
Peter Pettersson, from Sweden, buys the car from 
Söderqvist Racing Sport (SRS), he runs the car in the Swedish Championship, and after a crash in the famous Norrköping GP street race (Norrköping being the hometown of Thomas Lindström), the car is rebuilt to LHD (Left Hand Drive). The car is sold to Denmark after this.

1990-2009
The car is now in Denmark for some time. Was rebuilt to Special Saloon by Danish driver Knud E. 
Sørensen (Sorensen). The car then disapers after 1995.

2009-Present day
The car reappears again on a site called Mobile.de. A Norwegian buys the car, and is shipped from Spain to Norway in January of 2009. Lots of people had shown a huge interest in the car, but people waited it out, since the car was in Spain. The happy Thor Rustad buys the car only from looking at photos on the site that displayed the car. The car is now undergoing full restoration and is being rebuilt to RHD.



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
860914 Sandow,

John Bowe (in photo)
Alfredo Costanzo
 
Sandow Castrol 500
861005 Bahurst,

John Bowe
Alfredo Costanzo
 
James Hardie Bathurst 1000
870530 Tsukuba

Robert L. Kvist
Anders Olofsson (in photo)
 
Japanese Touring Car Championship in Group-A
870613 Anderstorp,

 

Ulf Granberg
Per-Gunnar Andersson (in photo)
Swedish & Nordic Touring Championship in Group-A 
870705 Falkenberg,
Per-Gunnar Andersson
 
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
870718 Kemora,

Ulf Granberg
Leif Wiik (in photo)
 
Kemora 500
870726 Kinnekulle,

 

Per-Gunnar Andersson
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
870802 Knutstorp,
Per-Gunnar Andersson
 
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
870820 Sportsland Sugo

Robert L. Kvist
Anders Olofsson (in photo)
 
Japanese Touring Car Championship in Group-A
871115 Fuji Speedway

Robert L. Kvist
Per-Gunnar Andersson
 
Fuji Inter-Tec
871205 Suzuka
Robert L. Kvist
Mauricio Sandro Sala
 
Japanese Touring Car Championship in Group-A
880430/0501 Sadan Auton Ajot,
Seppo Palmroth
 
Finska Mästerskapen i Grupp-A
880515 Mantorp,
Seppo Palmroth
 
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
880528/29 Hämeelinna Race,
Seppo Palmroth
 
Finnish Touring Championship in Group-A
880604/05 Ahveniston VM-Vauhtipäivät,

 

Seppo Palmroth
Finnish Touring Championship in Group-A
880612 Anderstorp,

 

Seppo Palmroth
Finnish Touring Championship in Group-A
880702/03 Kemora,
Seppo Palmroth
 
Finnish Touring Championship in Group-A
880731 Spa,

 

Alain Plasch
Pascal Tillekaerts
 
Europeiska Mästerskapen i Grupp-A
880820/21 Kemora,
Seppo Palmroth
George Bakajev
Hans Berglund
 
Kemora 500
880910/11 Kemora,
Seppo Palmroth
 
Finnish Touring Championship in Group-A
890507 Mantorp,

 

Peter Pettersson
 
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
890709 Falkenberg,
Peter Pettersson
 
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
890730 Kinnekulle,

 

Peter Pettersson
 
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
890910 Knutstorp,
Peter Pettersson
 
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
90? ?,

Knud E. Sørensen
Special Saloon?
160205-07 Rupuna,

 
Mark Petch Skope Classic
161028-30 Sydney Motorsport Park,

 
John Bowe  
170203-05 Rupuna,

 
Ulf Granberg Skope Classic
170217-19 Teretonga,
Ulf Granberg Evolution Motorsport Classic Speedfest