Lynk & Co Cyan Racing returns to the streets of Macau for the first time since 2019 in an epic TCR World Tour title fight where three drivers are separated by just two points.
The team heads to Macau Circuito da Guia the weekend after it secured the team world title following a victorious weekend at the legendary Bathurst circuit in Australia – Cyan Racing’s sixth team world title in seven years.
Yann Ehrlacher is in contention for his third touring car World Title this weekend, currently in a joint points lead with title rival Rob Huff, while Norbert Michelisz is just one point further behind.
“It’s a childhood dream to follow the likes of Yvan Muller and other great drivers to head to Macau in the world title fight. The title fight is very close, and anything can happen in Macau which is the paradise for gambling. And it’s the same on track where you can win or lose everything in one moment. I have 40kg of compensation weight while my rivals have 0kg, so I have to go for maximum attack. But I feel relaxed, we have done a great job as a team to recover after Australia and claim the team title. Now we are just going to send it,” said Yann Ehrlacher.
Ma Qing Hua is an experienced Macau racer, most recently claiming victory in the 2021 Macau race weekend with TCR Asia and has got a big following at the legendary street circuit.
“This year is very special as this is my first year racing at Macau with Cyan Racing and it’s the 70th Macau GP. My target is to win this weekend, I have no compensation weight and I have no pressure. The goal for us as a team is of course to secure the drivers’ title with Yann and we will work together,” said Ma Qing Hua.
Thed Björk is the second best placed Lynk & Co Cyan Racing driver in seventh place overall, just 13 points from fourth place, and heads for his fourth Macau race this year.
“Macau is a magical place and I’m thrilled to be back here after a four-year break. I’m headed to Macau boosted by a fantastic Bathurst weekend and I’m confident that we can be back fighting for the top three places again. Qualifying is really important here and we have to fight together as a team in our quest to secure the drivers’ title in the races. I’m ready!” said Thed Björk.
Santiago Urrutia meanwhile will make his Macau debut this year, facing an immense challenge as his first-ever laps on the street circuit will be during the first free practice session on Thursday.
“This is the most challenging circuit of the year, especially for me who has never raced here before. You cannot make any mistakes here; you must be very sure of every move that you make. My goal is to learn the track, be quick and to help Yann win the championship,” said Santiago Urrutia.
The Macau season finale weekend starts already on Thursday with two free practice sessions, followed by qualifying on Friday, Race 1 on Saturday, and Race 2 on Sunday.
All races will be broadcast LIVE via the TCR TV streaming platform.
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TCR World Tour – Race of Macau
Macau Circuito da Guia
Times in CST (+7H CET)
Thursday - 16/11
11:10 - Free Practice 1
14:15 - Free Practice 2
Friday - 17/11
12:45 - Qualifying
Saturday – 18/11
12:50 - Race 1
10:35 - Race 2
Standings - Drivers - Top 5
1 - Yann Ehrlacher 384
2 - Rob Huff 384 (0)
3 - Norbert Michelisz 383 (-1)
4 - Mikel Azcona 301 (-83)
5 - Frédéric Vervisch 295 (-89)
7 - Thed Björk 288 (-96)
8 - Santiago Urrutia 248 (-136)
9 - Ma Qing Hua 231 (-153)
Standings - Teams - Top 5
1 - Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 890 pts
2 - Audi Sport Comtoyou 718 (-172)
3 - BRC Hyundai 700 (-190)
4 - ALM Motorsport Honda 182 (-708)
5 - Wall Racing 169 (-721)
2023 TCR World Tour calendar
28-30 April – Portimao – Portugal
26-28 May – Spa – Belgium
09-11 June – Vallelunga – Italy
16-18 June – Hungaroring – Hungary
18-20 August – El Pinar – Uruguay
25-27 August – San Luis – Argentina
03-05 November – Sydney Motorsport Park - Australia
10-12 November – Bathurst – Australia
17-19 November – Macau – China
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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 eight touring car World Titles, most recently the 2023 TCR World Tour teams' title 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.
About Geely Group Motorsport
Geely Group Motorsport is a brand neutral entity based within Zhejiang Geely Holding Group. It was founded in 2018 to provide strategic and tactical expertise to serve the best motorsport sporting and commercial interests for the auto brands in the group. One of its tactical assignments include the development and management of the Lynk & Co TCR and customer racing programmes.