Lynk & Co Cyan Racing drivers Yvan Muller and Yann Ehrlacher claimed an emotional double podium finish in the final FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) race at Vila Real, crossing the finishing line in positions two and three.
The two drivers dedicated their podium finishes to the Cyan Racing colleague that sadly passed away yesterday and the entire FIA WTCR field held a minute of silence on the grid for the second race.
"This is an emotional and special day for us. Firstly because I am on the podium with Yann, my nephew. But mainly because we lost a colleague and friend last night. We didn't know last midnight if we were going to race today. But his family said that we should race and get a podium, we did just that," said Yvan Muller.
"There are so many emotions to be on the podium together with Yvan for the first time, at the same time as we lost a colleague and friend yesterday. I got two podium finishes with important points from this weekend and we all dedicate this to him and our thoughts are with his family," said Yann Ehrlacher.
Thed Björk had a tough weekend but keeps third in the championship with two top ten finishes from the three races, climbing seven places in the third race to cross the finishing line in eighth position.
"It is difficult to put words to the emotions right now. We lost a colleague that shared our love for racing and we raced for him this weekend. We lost some points this weekend and we need to assess everything from the first part of the season with our new race cars and get back stronger for the Asian part of the season," said Thed Björk.
Andy Priaulx fought hard throughout the weekend with a steep learning curve as he never before had raced at the fearsome Vila Real street circuit, finishing in the points in two of the three races.
"We were set to score points in all three races until a puncture unfortunately stopped us in the final race. But I am very proud of everyone in the team this weekend to see how they have reacted in a very difficult situation. Our thoughts are obviously with our late colleague and his family," said Andy Priaulx.
The Portuguese FIA WTCR weekend has Thed Björk in third place, 51 points from the championship lead. Yvan Muller and Yann Ehrlacher have climbed to sixth and seventh position respectively.
The strong effort by the team has elevated Cyan Racing Lynk & Co to second place in the teams' championship, 73 points from the championship lead.
The Vila Real races marks the end of the European part of the season, next up is the Chinese round at the Ningbo circuit on September 13-15th.
Results Race 3
Results Race 2
Results Race 1
Points for drivers – Top
1 Esteban Guerrieri Honda Civic 231 points
2 Norbert Michelisz Hyundai i30 206 (-25)
3 Thed Björk Lynk & Co 03 180 (-51)
4 Néstor Girolami Honda Civic 176 (-55)
5 Mikel Azcona Cupra TCR 169 (-62)
6 Yvan Muller Lynk & Co 03 154 (-77)
7 Yann Ehrlacher Lynk & Co 03 148 (-83)
20 Andy Priaulx Lynk & Co 03 43 (-188)
Points for teams – Top 5
1 Münnich Motorsport 407 points
2 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 334 (-73)
3 BRC Hyundai Squadra 325 (-82)
4 BRC Hyundai Lukoil 236 (-171)
5 PWR Racing 204 (-203)
6 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 191 (-216)
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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.