Lynk & Co Cyan Racing wrote history in Macau as they claimed all three FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) victories and four out of nine podium finishes. Yvan Muller won two races to close the gap in the title fight to just 11 points, while Andy Priaulx claimed his first WTCR victory for the team.
Quadruple World Champion Yvan Muller headed the first race from start to finish, while he made his way from fifth to first in the second race. The Frenchman has reduced a 48-point deficit ahead of Macau to just 11 points ahead of the season finale in Malaysia.
"The weekend has almost been perfect, I couldn't expect more. I am very pleased. I'm just eleven points from the lead of the championship ahead of Malaysia, everything is possible," said Yvan Muller.
Triple World Champion Andy Priaulx returned onto the top step of a World Touring Car podium for the first time since 2010, beating Macau specialist Rob Huff from second on the grid in the third and final race.
"To win in Macau is amazing, it's one of the hardest races in the world. I am really proud, it's the first time for me to win in WTCR with a front-wheel driven car. The performance has been coming the last three or four races. Huff drove me really hard the whole race. Every corner was 110% but we made it and it feels fantastic," said Andy Priaulx.
Lynk & Co Cyan Racing has extended its team championship lead to 72 points over title rivals Hyundai.
"A big thanks to everyone in the team that enabled our best WTCR result ever when we needed it the most. Yvan, Thed, Andy and Yann have put in outstanding performances all weekend and worked really well together for the team and Lynk & Co. I am also happy to see that we have had three fair races from our competitors," said Christian Dahl, founder and CEO of Cyan Racing.
2017 World Champion Thed Björk drove three strong races with a second place-finish in the second race as his highlight, strengthening his fourth place in the drivers' championship.
"An amazing result for the team. We have a really good cooperation within the team and that is why we are strong, we help each other. We are going to fight hard all the way to the end," said Thed Björk.
Yann Ehrlacher has fought his way up to fifth place in the overall standings after three solid top ten finishes, helping nephew and title contender Yvan Muller along the way.
"I scored points in all three races, the team is on top of the team championship and I have climbed to fifth in the drivers standings. It has been a good weekend and I'm looking forward to the Sepang finale," said Yann Ehrlacher.
There is just one race weekend left of the 2019 WTCR season, with the Lynk & Co Cyan Racing team now turning its attention to the Sepang circuit in Malaysia for the finale on December 13-15th.
WTCR Race of Macau Results
Points for drivers – Top 5
1 Norbert Michelisz Hyundai i30 316 points
2 Esteban Guerrieri Honda Civic 307 (-9)
3 Yvan Muller Lynk & Co 03 305 (-11)
4 Thed Björk Lynk & Co 03 288 (-28)
5 Yann Ehrlacher Lynk & Co 03 209 (-107)
17 Andy Priaulx Lynk & Co 03 112 (-204)
Points for teams – Top 5
1 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 593 points
2 BRC Hyundai Squadra 521 (-72)
3 Münnich Motorsport 505 (-88)
4 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 321 (-272)
5 BRC Hyundai Lukoil 300 (-293)
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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.