The two qualifying sessions of the FIA World Touring Car Cup weekend in Slovakia proved to be tough for Lynk & Co Cyan Racing, struggling with heavy cars and limited power on the fast Slovakiaring.
The balance of performance (BoP) and compensation weight has the Lynk & Co 03 TCR heaviest in the WTCR field and running on 97,5% power.
Thed Björk managed to secure eleventh position in the second qualifying session on a drying circuit, with weather also expected to again play a big role in the three races on Sunday when rain is forecasted.
"I actually didn't expect to make it to Q2 and eleventh is ok considering the circumstances. The weight and power reduction is playing a big part in the pace that we have this weekend. Hopefully we will get rain on Sunday, that could work in our favour," said Thed Björk.
Yvan Muller was fastest of the Lynk & Co Cyan Racing drivers in the first qualifying session in 17th position, 1.446 seconds from pole position.
"The situation is obviously frustrating but we can't do anything else but keeping our heads down and continue working hard," said Yvan Muller.
Team-mates Yann Ehrlacher and Andy Priaulx struggled as well and will start from positions 26 and 27 respectively for the first race and positions 25 and 23 for races two and three.
"It will obviously be very difficult to start all three races this far down. If we get some rain, hopefully we can take advantage of that and the chaos in front of us," said Yann Ehrlacher.
"A really tough day for everyone in the team. We will fight hard to climb and hopefully score some points in the races when the track conditions most likely will be completely different to what we had today," said Andy Priaulx.
The FIA WTCR action resume on Sunday with three races, starting at 10:45 CEST.
Results Qualifying 1
Results Qualifying 2 - Combined
WTCR Balance of Performance and Compensation Weights
Times in CEST
Sunday May 12th
10:45–11:15 – Race 1 (9 laps)
15:15-15:45 – Race 2 (9 laps)
16:45–17:20 – Race 3 (11 laps)
Points for drivers – Top 5
1 Néstor Girolami Honda Civic 100 points
2 Esteban Guerrieri Honda Civic 91 (-9)
3 Thed Björk Lynk & Co 03 81 (-19)
4 Gabriele Tarquini Hyundai i30 79 (-21)
5 Jean-Karl Vernay Audi RS 3 68 (-32)
8 Yvan Muller Lynk & Co 03 51 (-49)
10 Yann Ehrlacher Lynk & Co 03 44 (-56)
15 Andy Priaulx Lynk & Co 03 22 (-78)
Points for teams – Top 5
1 Münnich Motorsport 191 points
2 BRC Hyundai 135 (-56)
3 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 132 (-59)
4 PWR Racing 86 (-105)
5 Leopard Audi Sport 86 (-105)
6 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 66 (-125)
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About Cyan Racing
Cyan Racing was founded in 1996 and was formerly named Polestar until Volvo Cars acquired the performance section and trademark in 2015. Cyan Racing is privately owned and operated. The team has claimed multiple titles, most recently the 2018 FIA World Touring Car Cup team title and the double 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship titles for driver and manufacturer – and participated in the development of the Polestar performance models of the Volvo S60 and V60 in the years 2013 to 2015.
About Lynk & Co
Lynk & Co is the new global urban mobility brand addressing the needs and preferences of the connected generation and challenging auto industry conventions. Its products are designed and engineered in Sweden and will be sold globally.