Lynk & Co Cyan Racing unable to take part in WTCR Race of Italy due to tyre safety issues


Lynk & Co Cyan Racing is unable to take part in the FIA World Touring Car Cup Race of Italy with its five cars due to tyre safety concerns because of the current weight levels.

The drivers of the team experienced tyre failures whilst running within the recommended operating window from the official tyre supplier during practice at Vallelunga - including a resulting crash at over 220 km/h for Yvan Muller at Turn 2.

The Lynk & Co 03 TCR of Cyan Racing is by far the heaviest car of the WTCR, for example currently running 80 kilos heavier than the Hyundai Elantra N TCR of points leader Mikel Azcona.

This means that the tyre issues affect the Lynk & Co cars earlier, more frequently and severely compared to the other cars.

The team called for actions from the WTCR stakeholders prior to qualifying.

No solution has been found by the stakeholders of the WTCR since then, thus meaning that Lynk & Co Cyan Racing cannot take part in the Vallelunga races.

"Our decision has been taken as I don't believe that we can complete a full distance in a safe way," said Fredrik Wahlén, team manager of Cyan Racing.

"We have provided information to all WTCR stakeholders that the combined weight and tyre situation makes for an impossible equation. It is not the decision we wanted to take, but a suitable solution to this issue has not been found since the start of the Vallelunga weekend until now."