​Lynk & Co Cyan Racing gears up for Italian heatwave at Vallelunga


Lynk & Co Cyan Racing is gearing up for the FIA World Touring Car Cup race of Italy at Vallelunga this weekend where temperatures are expected to hit close to 40 degrees celsius.

"It's going to be very warm and it will be really important to find the right setup as we have maximum compensation weight for Vallelunga. The main goal will be to be in the top ten of qualifying and score the big points in the races. We will keep working as a team and I hope that we can keep our strong pace up," said Santiago Urrutia.

Reining champion Yann Ehrlacher is just as Santiago Urrutia placed right at the top of the standings, trailing his Lynk & Co 03 TCR colleague by just four points after the first half of the season.

"I'm looking forward to start the second part of the season, but it's going to be tough as we will be on maximum weight. It's still a long way left in the championship and a lot of things can happen. Our main focus is as always to score consistently and we've been quite successful on that so far this year," said Yann Ehrlacher.

Ma Qing Hua's first WTCR season with Lynk & Co Cyan Racing has so far been one of consistency, having finished outside the top six just once this year.

"I'm obviously aiming to keep the consistency up, but also to move forward in the results. I'm expecting a tough race weekend in terms of weight and high temperatures. But we are still in a positive position in the team standings and I hope we can make the most of the challenging conditions in Italy," said Ma Qing Hua.

Yvan Muller and Thed Björk are placed ninth and 14th overall after the first five race weekends of the 2022 season.

"The high temperatures this weekend has more impact on the tyres, brakes and the rest of the car than me. I have raced at Vallelunga before, but it's many years ago. We will continue to fight as hard as ever this weekend," said Yvan Muller.

"While I don't seem to be able to shake my bad luck with another technical issue during the previous race weekend, I had a good feeling for the car in Portugal which I hope to continue this weekend. As we enter the final half of the season, I expect the fights on track to become even tougher and I'm ready for it," said Thed Björk.

The Italian WTCR round starts on Friday with testing, followed by practice and qualifying on Saturday and two races on Sunday which are broadcast LIVE on: eurosportplayer.com

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WTCR Race of Italy

Times in CEST

Friday - July 22nd
12:00 - Testing

Saturday - July 23rd
09:00 - FP1 - 45 min
12:15 - FP2 - 30 min
15:00 - Qualifying

Sunday - July 24th
11:15 - Race 1 - 30 min + 1 lap
17:10 - Race 2 - 25 min + 1 lap

Standings - Drivers
1 Mikel Azcona 153 points
2 Santiago Urrutia 137 (-16)
3 Yann Ehrlacher 133 (-20)
4 Rob Huff 130 (-23)
5 Néstor Girolami 113 (-40)
7 Ma Qing Hua 97 (-56)
9 Yvan Muller 78 (-75)
14 Thed Björk 35 (-118)

Standings - Teams
1 BRC Hyundai 218 points
2 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 211 (-7)
3 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 211 (-7)
4 Münnich Motorsport 180 (-38)
5 Zengo Motorsport 155 (-63)

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
Johan Meissner
Press Manager
Cyan Racing
+46(0)70 241 3234

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.