Lynk & Co Cyan Racing drivers Yann Ehrlacher and Ma Qing Hua secured strong positions in qualifying for the FIA World Touring Car Cup races at Motorland Aragón in Spain.
Reigning world champion Yann Ehrlacher will start third for the first race while Ma Qing Hua will start from the reversed grid pole position of the second race.
"To claim P3 in qualifying was really exhausting, nailing everything in the three sessions. I am happy that we made it to Q3 with two Cyan Racing cars, especially for the team to have Ma on the reversed grid pole. It's a good operation for the team," said Yann Ehrlacher.
"It was not a bad qualifying session. I made a little mistake in sector three, so it was a little bit scary to see if it was enough for the reversed grid pole. But in the end, the result feels good and let's see what we can do tomorrow," said Ma Qing Hua.
Quadruple world champion Yvan Muller had a scare during his lap in the final qualifying session, clipping the tyre stack of Turn 1 and ended up in fifth position.
"Unfortunately my tyres were a bit too cold at Turn 1 and I lost the car, hitting the tyre pack. I lost some time. I didn't have the possibility for pole position, but maybe one or two tenths better at least without this," said Yvan Muller.
Santiago Urrutia missed the final Q3 by a mere 0.014 seconds to finish sixth.
"It was a decent qualifying result for me, starting sixth and fifth for the two races. I missed Q3 with less than a tenth of a second, but what to say, it's racing sometimes. It's still a good position for the races tomorrow and I hope to collect big points to the team," said Santiago Urrutia.
Technical issues hit Thed Björk who had to drive his Q2 attempt without working power steering, ending up in 12th position and with sore arms.
"I made it to Q2 this time, which I was happy with. But sadly in the last lap of Q1, my power steering broke. We tried our best to do Q2 without power steering, but you just can't match the times," said Thed Björk.
The two races of tomorrow are broadcast live on: eurosportplayer.com
WTCR Race of Spain
Times in CEST
Sunday - June 26th
11:15 - Race 1 - 30 min + 1 lap
15:15 - Race 2 - 25 min + 1 lap
Standings - Drivers
1 Mikel Azcona 85 points
2 Néstor Girolami 75 (-10)
3 Santiago Urrutia 69 (-16)
4 Yann Ehrlacher 67 (-18)
5 Gilles Magnus 63 (-22)
8 Ma Qing Hua 55 (-30)
10 Yvan Muller 42 (-43)
13 Thed Björk 17 (-68)
Standings - Teams
1 Münnich Motorsport 132 points
2 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 111 (-21)
3 BRC Hyundai 109 (-23)
4 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 101 (-31)
5 Comtoyou Audi 82 (-50)
2022 FIA World Touring Car Cup calendar
May 7/8 – France – Circuit de Pau-Ville
May 26/28 – Germany – Nürburgring Nordschleife
June 11/12 – Hungary – Hungaroring
June 25/26 – Spain – MotorLand Aragón
July 2/3 – Portugal – Circuito do Vila Real
July 23/24 – Italy – Vallelunga
August 6/7 – France – Anneau du Rhin
October 8/9 – South Korea – Inje Speedium
November 5/6 – China – Ningbo International Speedpark
November 18/20 – Macau – Macau
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 five touring car World Titles, most recently the 2021 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.