Lynk & Co Cyan Racing has set its sights on victory as the final half of the 2019 FIA World Touring Car Cup resumes this weekend at Ningbo International Speedpark, China, the home race of Lynk & Co.
Thed Björk is placed third in the title fight ahead of the final four race weekends of the season and won two out of three races last year at Ningbo for Cyan Racing.
"There has been no rest during the summer break and my feeling going to the Ningbo circuit after setting a Nürburgring road car lap record for Lynk & Co and Cyan Racing is awesome. The circuit suits me perfectly and there is no reason that we cannot expect to fight for the same result as we did last year when we won it all. Everything is going to be much tougher now as the title fight is heating up and everyone is feeling the pressure to get as much points as possible. We need to deliver at Lynk & Co's home race and I am ready for it," said Thed Björk.
Lynk & Co Cyan Racing is placed second in the WTCR teams' championship, 73 points from Honda in the lead with 85 points available to fight for each weekend.
"This is the home race of Lynk & Co and obviously an important weekend for us. We will have a lot of guests with us and new Lynk & Co owners picking up their new Lynk & Co 03 road cars during the race weekend. The team has done a great job so far this season and we have full confidence in them to fight for the title as the exciting final half of the season begins in China," said Mr. Victor Yang Vice President of Communications at Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.
Cyan Racing has got a strong track record at the Ningbo International Speedpark, winning with the Volvo Polestar programme in 2017 and claiming all three victories last year with the Hyundais of the Yvan Muller Racing co-operation programme.
"We had a great race here last year and it goes without saying that my goal is to step back onto the top of the podium this year as well," said Yvan Muller.
Fellow French driver Yann Ehrlacher scored the most points of the Lynk & Co Cyan Racing drivers in the previous race weekend at Vila Real before the summer break and is keen to keep the momentum up.
"I had to fight really hard for the podiums in Portugal and I want more from this weekend. We are not too far away from the top five and I aim to be in the top five when we leave China. We will give it all to make our Chinese supporters proud at our home race," said Yann Ehrlacher.
While his team-mates have experience from the Ningbo International Speedpark, it will be a new experience for three-time World Champion Andy Priaulx who has prepared himself with the Cyan Racing simulator in Gothenburg.
“I am looking forward to getting back with the team. It has been great to have a summer break, but I do miss the racing and this one will be extra fun as I have lots to learn. Luckily I have been able to spend a couple of days on the simulator in Sweden getting to know this track, which looks quite technical. I am hoping to have a really strong second half to the season," said Andy Priaulx.
Take a deep dive into our mid-season statistics to learn more on how the first half of the 2019 WTCR has progressed:
The race weekend in China starts on Friday September 13th with a first free practice session, followed by the first qualifying session and race on Saturday. Sunday ends the race weekend with the second qualifying session and the final two races.
FIA WTCR Race of China
Times in CEST (local time is +6h)
Friday September 13th
11:00-11:45 – Free Practice 1
Saturday September 14th
03:00-03:30 – Free Practice 2
05:00-05:40 – Qualifying 1
09:40-10:10 – Race 1 (13 laps)
Sunday September 15th
03:00-04:00 – Qualifying 2
08:30-09:00 – Race 2 (13 laps)
09:50-10:25 – Race 3 (16 laps)
Points for drivers – Top 5
1 Esteban Guerrieri Honda Civic 231 points
2 Norbert Michelisz Hyundai i30 207 (-24)
3 Thed Björk Lynk & Co 03 181 (-50)
4 Néstor Girolami Honda Civic 177 (-54)
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 408 points
2 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 335 (-73)
3 BRC Hyundai Squadra 327 (-81)
4 BRC Hyundai Lukoil 236 (-172)
5 PWR Racing 204 (-204)
6 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 191 (-217)
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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.