“…to win in the debut race of the all-new Lynk & Co 03 TCR race car is a fantastic reward for all involved.”Swedish race car driver, Thed Björk
Swedish race car driver Thed Björk took his Lynk & Co Cyan Racing car to the top step of the podium delivering the first-ever win for a chinese manufacturer in the FIA World Touring Car Cup at the season opener in Marrakech, Morocco.
“Everyone in the team has worked so hard during the winter and to win in the debut race of the all-new Lynk & Co 03 TCR race car is a fantastic reward for all involved,” said Thed Björk. “We were a bit surprised by our speed, especially as this is one of the toughest fields in the history of touring car racing. I can’t thank everyone in the team enough, this is a fantastic start to continue building on for the remainder of the season that no doubt will be ultra-challenging.”
“This is a historic moment for Chinese automotive industry, with Lynk & Co claiming the first ever World Cup motorsport victory by a Chinese car manufacturer,” said Victor Yang, Vice President of Communications, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group. “This is an incredible start to the season. I wish to thank our partners Shell and Denso, and above all, Cyan Racing. We wish the team the best of success in the coming races.”
“I was really disappointed to retire from the lead after showing strong form in both qualifying and the races,” said Yvan Muller. “But I am very happy for the team, delivering a victory and points lead on debut with a manufacturer that is completely new to motorsport, Lynk & Co.”
Andy Priaulx fought hard from 17th on the grid to finish the race in 13th position. “Starting this far down on a street circuit like this makes it almost impossible to make progress,” said Priaulx. “But I managed to get into the points, and we have made loads of progress heading into the next rounds.”
Full race results can be found at the FIA WTCR website. The next round of the championship takes place at the Hungaroring in Hungary from April 26-28.