The Lynk & Co Cyan Racing drivers are looking to bounce back this weekend at Zandvoort in the Netherlands, where more than 110,000 fans will be watching on site, after three tough races in Slovakia last weekend.
"We are cautiously optimistic ahead of Zandvoort as this circuit should suit us better than Slovakiaring. But we haven't tested here before and there are many unknowns with our new race cars. You can never take anything for granted in a competitive series like the WTCR and we need to push all the way through the weekend," said four-time World Champion Yvan Muller.
The classic Zandvoort circuit, that will host Formula 1 next year, is located close to Amsterdam in the sand dunes right next to the North Sea coast and offers plenty of challenges.
"I have been there for testing and racing an awful lot and some of the most exciting races I have been involved in and seen have happened there. This place can throw anything at you weather wise with the North Sea being so close. Also, the wind blows the sand onto the track from the dunes, so this is an added challenge as tyre degradation is high," said three-time World Champion Andy Priaulx.
Thed Björk is the highest placed Lynk & Co Cyan Racing driver in the championship, currently in fifth position, despite finishing outside of the points in two of the three races in Slovakia.
"It's too early to look at the points, there is so much more that can happen, just as we saw last year. Zandvoort ought to suit us better and the goal is to qualify in the top five in order to be competitive in the races," said Thed Björk.
Yann Ehrlacher holds the WTCR lap record at Zandvoort with 1:45.901 and is keen to get back to the top after a tough but promising first three race weekends of 2019.
"It has been a frustrating first three WTCR race weekends this year. But I know that we have what it takes to fight for the top and I really like racing at Zandvoort. I won here last year and claimed the lap record. But it's not going to be easy this weekend, we will have to fight hard," said Yann Ehrlacher.
The race weekend at Zandvoort starts on Friday with two practice sessions, followed by qualifying and the first race on Saturday and the final qualifying session along with two races on Sunday.
FIA WTCR Race of Netherlands
Times in CEST
Friday May 17th
12:45-13:30 – Free Practice 1
15:20-15:50 – Free Practice 2
Saturday May 18th
08:05-08:35 – Qualifying 1
14:35–15:05 – Race 1 (12 laps)
Sunday May 19th
08:00-08:20 – Qualifying Q1
08:25-08:35 – Qualifying Q2
08:40-09:00 – Qualifying Q3
13:15-13:45 – Race 2 (12 laps)
16:35–17:15 – Race 3 (15 laps)
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)
What is new for this season?
The Lynk & Co 03 TCR race car
Eight world titles among the four drivers of the team
A field of the world's best touring car drivers in the world
A total of 30 races across 10 race weekends on 3 continents and 9 countries
What happened in the last race?
Read all about it right here.
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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.