There is no rest for the Lynk & Co Cyan Racing drivers who will hit the track at Pau-Arnos in France for the sixth FIA World Touring Car Cup weekend less than a week since they took the chequered flag at Most in Czechia.
This weekend the drivers will take on yet another new circuit that is new to the WTCR, the 3-kilometre twisty Pau-Arnos in southern France.
Yann Ehrlacher heads for his home country after having extended his lead during the last weekend with a podium finish.
"This is actually the first time I will race in France since I started my WTCR career. We are leading the championship after a good weekend at Most. The pace is there but it will be difficult to overtake at Pau, so we need to qualify really well. And we will as always focus on maximising the points, it's more important now than ever," said Yann Ehrlacher.
Santiago Urrutia meanwhile had a disastrous weekend in the Czech Republic and dropped from second to fourth in the standings.
"We're coming from a bad weekend, but we know what went wrong and now we turn the page. Pau is obviously another new circuit to me but I'm looking forward to it. The overall goal is to extend the team championship lead and I'm sure that we can score well this weekend," said Santiago Urrutia.
Quadruple world champion Yvan Muller is the only driver of the field who has been at Pau-Arnos before, 27 years ago.
"I tested there many years ago and it's been so long since then that I do not remember the track. But we approach this weekend as any other and the goal is as always set on the very top," said Yvan Muller.
Thed Björk had a mixed weekend at Autodrom Most with a strong fifth place finish in the first race but was involved in the first-corner chaos of the second race, having to pit for repairs.
"The weekend at Most was frustrating for me as we had the speed to score better than the result we got. But the pace promises well for France and I'm looking forward to take on a new circuit that is a different challenge to the others of the calendar," said Thed Björk.
The WTCR Race of France starts on Saturday this week with practice and qualifying, followed by two races on Sunday that can be watched LIVE via: eurosportplayer.com
WTCR Race of France
Times in CEST
Saturday - October 16th
10:00 - FP1 - 45 min
13:00 - FP2 - 30 min
16:00 - Qualifying - 45 min
Sunday - October 17th
10:15 - Race 1 - 12 laps
12:15 - Race 2 - 15 laps
Standings - Drivers
1 Yann Ehrlacher 135 points
2 Esteban Guerrieri 115 (-20)
3 Mikel Azcona 110 (-25)
4 Santiago Urrutia 106 (-29)
5 Jean-Karl Vernay 102 (-33)
6 Yvan Muller 101 (-34)
10 Thed Björk 86 (-49)
Standings - Teams
1 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 236 points
2 Münnich Motorsport ALL-INKL.com 210 (-26)
3 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 192 (-44)
4 Comtoyou Audi 184 (-52)
5 Engstler Hyundai 160 (-76)
2021 FIA World Touring Car Cup calendar
03-05 June – Nürburgring Nordschleife – Germany
26-27 June – Estoril – Portugal
10-11 July – Motorland Aragon – Spain
21-22 August – Hungaroring – Hungary
08-10 October - Most - Czech Republic
16-17 October - Pau - France
05-07 November - Adria - Italy
27-28 November - Sochi - Russia
Media contact information
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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 the last four touring car World Titles, most recently the 2020 WTCR drivers' and teams' titles with Lynk & Co – and participated in the development of the Polestar performance models of the Volvo S60 and V60 in the years 2013 to 2015, including the concept models Volvo C30 and S60 Polestar Concept Prototype. The company launched the Volvo P1800 Cyan in 2020, Cyan Racing’s interpretation of the iconic Volvo sports car from the sixties.
About Lynk & Co
Lynk & Co was created to provide mobility solutions for the connected generation. We do make really, really good cars (the kind that have all the features you want without you having to ask for them), but we also offer a new way of using those cars. Our membership-based approach makes it simple to get on the go. Members can access a car on a flexible, month-to-month basis and share with friends, family, and the Lynk & Co community.