Just over half the 2019 FIA World Touring Car Cup season has passed and Lynk & Co Cyan Racing is right in the thick of the title battle of the drivers' and teams' championship. Join us as we take a deep dive into the statistics from the first six race weekends.
Thed Björk is currently placed third in the drivers' championship and the team is holding second place of the teams' championship, despite running the newly developed Lynk & Co 03 TCR race car against seasoned competition from Honda, Hyundai, Audi and many more.
We start by taking a look at the progress of the drivers' championship from the first race of the season at Marrakech until the start of the summer break after the races in Vila Real:
Moving on to the teams' championship where Lynk & Co Cyan Racing has fought for the top three positions since the start in Morocco, gaining on current leaders Münnich Motorsport in the most recent race in Portugal.
Thed Björk tops the number of victories on three together with Honda driver Néstor Girolami, with the chart also showing the competitiveness of the current WTCR season where ten drivers have shared the first 18 available victories.
No surprise as current points leader Esteban Guerrieri holds the most number of podiums, but Lynk & Co Cyan Racing driver Yann Ehrlacher is more of a surprise with the third most podium finishes despite currently being placed seventh, underlining the potential of the young talent.
Hyundai driver Norbert Michelisz, currently placed second, has the best finishing average while the Lynk & Co Cyan Racing drivers are a bit further down the list due to a couple of tough race weekends.
Honda driver Esteban Guerrieri has qualified best so far this season with an average position of 6,83, with Thed Björk having the fourth best average of 8,83.
The spread of pole position again shows the competitiveness of the season, with nine drivers sharing the so far 12 poles, with Lynk & Co Cyan Racing drivers Thed Björk and Yann Ehrlacher claiming one each.
Audi driver Frédéric Vervisch is the only driver with three fastest laps, as 12 drivers share the 18 available fastest laps.
A less flattering list is the one of retirements, disqualifications and non-starts where Yann Ehrlacher is one of three drivers with five. The French driver had a run of three retirements in a row between Morocco and Hungary due to incidents and being taken out by competitors but has fought back strongly and is currently seventh overall, 33 points behind team-mate Thed Björk in third.
Another less flattering list is the one of penalties where Jean-Karl Vernay is the sole driver having gotten five penalties so far, followed by reigning champion Gabriele Tarquini on four and fellow Hyundai driver Nicky Catsburg on three.
The final and deciding half of the 2019 FIA WTCR season continues on September 14-15th at Ningbo International Circuit in China. Get ready for it with the latest Challenge The World Episode episode where we go behind the scenes during the first half of the 2019 WTCR season!