Lynk & Co Cyan Racing completes TCR World Tour line-up
Lynk & Co Cyan Racing has confirmed that Yann Ehrlacher and Santiago Urrutia will complete its four-strong line-up for the 2023 TCR World Tour season.
Double WTCR title winner Ehrlacher and multiple race winner Urrutia will join forces with Thed Björk and Ma Qing Hua at the wheel of the latest version of the Lynk & Co 03 TCR, with their drives with the Swedish team having been confirmed last week.
The announcement also brings to an end Yvan Muller’s time with the team after a four-year stint that twice saw him finish inside the top three in the WTCR standings.
“Yann and Santiago are no doubt two of the best touring car drivers in the world and we look forward to continuing our close and successful co-operation with them,” team manager Fredrik Wahlén said.
“We have a strong line-up for the first TCR World Tour season, a prerequisite for what will be one of the toughest championships we have ever taken on. We are proud to embark on this journey with the new Lynk & Co 03 TCR, marking the fifth year of our successful Lynk & Co Cyan Racing programme.”
Ehrlacher will be going into the new season looking to add to the success he enjoyed in WTCR, with the French racer optimistic about his chances.
“I am very happy to start my fifth year with the Lynk & Co Cyan Racing, the team that I have become world champion twice with and done the most races for in my life,” he said.
“The TCR World Tour will be intense and challenging with a lot of new competitors and circuits, but that’s what we are here for. I feel confident ahead of the season and the target is to bring home a new world title.”
Urrutia meanwhile will look to build on a 2022 campaign that saw him finish as the leading Lynk & Co driver in the WTCR standings, with the Uruguayan looking ahead to the chance to compete on home soil later in the year.
“It is a privilege and honour to be back with Lynk & Co Cyan Racing,” he said “We have a new challenge this year with a global schedule. I am especially looking forward to race in South America and my home country Uruguay.
“Racing at the top level of world touring cars is always tough and we really need to deliver this year. I think our performance will be strong and we are aiming for the very top.”
Head to the TouringCarTimes Grid Projections to get an overview of the so far confirmed 2023 TCR World Tour grid.