Yann Ehrlacher heads to the final TCR World Tour race of 2023 with a deficit of 20 points to title rival Norbert Michelisz after a difficult first race on the streets of Macau.
The Lynk & Co Cyan Racing driver started second but got a slow start which dropped him down the order.
The Frenchman fought back to finish sixth, keeping a slender title hope alive ahead of Race 2 where there is 30 points left to fight for.
"I bogged down at the start and we need to analyze that. I dropped down and was almost dead last. My team-mates helped me and I overtook some cars, managing to get back to sixth. We lost a lot of points, it's going to be tough, but it's not over," said Yann Ehrlacher.
Team-mates Ma Qing Hua, Thed Björk and Santiago Urrutia finished the first race in positions seven, eight and nine respectively.
The final race of 2023 will see Santiago Urrutia starting from the reversed grid pole ahead of Thed Björk, while Ma Qing Hua will start fifth and Yann Ehrlacher eighth.
Race 2 starts at 10:35 local time/03:35 CET.
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)
10:35 - Race 2
Standings - Drivers - Top 5
1 - Norbert Michelisz 428
2 - Rob Huff 410 (-18)
3 - Yann Ehrlacher 408 (-20)
4 - Mikel Azcona 331 (-97)
5 - Néstor Girolami 330 (-98)
7 - Thed Björk 300 (-128)
8 - Santiago Urrutia 258 (-170)
9 - Ma Qing Hua 245 (-183)
Standings - Teams - Top 5
1 - Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 930 pts
2 - BRC Hyundai 775 (-155)
3 - Audi Sport Comtoyou 765 (-165)
4 - ALM Motorsport Honda 182 (-748)
5 - Wall Racing 169 (-761)
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.