The Lynk & Co Cyan Racing drivers managed to salvage points from a very tough FIA World Touring Car Cup weekend on the fast Slovakiaring where weight and reduced power played a big role.
The compensation weight and balance of performance (BoP) has the Lynk & Co 03 TCR heaviest in the WTCR field and running on 97,5% power.
Four-time World Champion Yvan Muller still provided two strong charges through the field in the first two races, climbing seven and nine places respectively to cross the line in eleventh position in both races.
"I think this was the best we could salvage from this weekend. This was the first time for us with the new car on a fast circuit and with the weight, as well as the reduced power, this was never going to be easy," said Yvan Muller.
Thed Björk claimed a strong eleventh position on the grid in qualifying on Friday, a position he kept in the third and final race.
"It was a really difficult race weekend as we lost so much time on the straights. But we managed to get some points with us at least and with just a couple of days left to the next race in Zandvoort, we have some long nights ahead of us," said Thed Björk.
Yann Ehrlacher and Andy Priaulx fought hard throughout the weekend with 17th and 18th positions in the second race as their best results.
"This is a weekend to forget but also to learn from. There will always be difficult times in racing and I'm looking forward to turn this around and come back strong for Zandvoort," said Yann Ehrlacher.
"We could see from the outset that it wasn’t going to be our weekend, but we kept fighting until the end and brought the cars home undamaged," said Andy Priaulx.
Despite the tough weekend, Thed Björk is fifth in the drivers' championship and Lynk & Co Cyan Racing holds third in the teams' championship.
The team will head straight to the Netherlands for the fourth FIA World Touring Car Cup race weekend of 2019, starting in just five days at Zandvoort on May 17-19th.
Results Race 1
Results Race 2
Results Race 3
Points for drivers – Top 5
1 Néstor Girolami Honda Civic 125 points
2 Esteban Guerrieri Honda Civic 123 (-2)
3 Norbert Michelisz Hyundai i30 102 (-23)
4 Gabriele Tarquini Hyundai i30 97 (-29)
5 Thed Björk Lynk & Co 03 87 (-38)
10 Yvan Muller Lynk & Co 03 65 (-60)
13 Yann Ehrlacher Lynk & Co 03 44 (-81)
20 Andy Priaulx Lynk & Co 03 22 (-103)
Points for teams – Top 5
1 Münnich Motorsport 248 points
2 BRC Hyundai 198 (-50)
3 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 152 (-96)
4 PWR Racing 113 (-135)
5 Team Mulsanne 109 (-139)
9 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 66 (-182)
WTCR Balance of Performance and Compensation Weights
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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.