Ted Bjork brings Lynk & Co’s first WTCR winApril 8, 2019
The 2017 WTCC champion Ted Björk completed the victory of the first race weekend of the 2019 season in Marrakesh, winning the third and final race.
At the start, the peloton was headed by Ivan Muller, who overtook Frederick Vervish, the lagging pole holder. Bjork also was a Belgian and rushed in pursuit of a partner in Cyan Racing. The Swede put pressure on the leader for the entire first half of the distance, but there was practically no place to overtake on the narrow city road in Marrakesh, so the situation remained unchanged. And then the scenario of the second race was repeated in general outline, where Nick Kastburg, who was in the lead, was summed up by the technician.
Muller began to lose pace and on the 13th lap missed rivals one by one and eventually turned into the pits. Björk seized the initiative, but was unable to throw Vershish from the tail. The winner of the second qualification put pressure on the Swede right up to the last laps, in which a safety car appeared due to the accident of Jean-Carl Vernet. The race and finished in the mode of yellow flags, so the struggle for the victory ended early.
Bjork brought the first victory to the Chinese brand Lynk & Co and won the fifth for himself. The last time he climbed to the highest step of the podium at the end of September last year in Ningbo, China.
“To be honest, Muller had to win. After he had problems, I just tried to stay on the track, avoided the curbs and generally tried to drive as carefully as possible, the Swedish driver said in a blitz interview after the finish. – It’s just incredible that we were able to win here with a new car. A very good start to the season for us. ”
The third main race in Marrakesh was completed by newcomer Mikel Ackona – the current champion of the European TCR series won his first podium after 16th place in the first race and fifth in the second.
Esteban Gerrieri, after winning the Saturday race, finished fourth in a row for the second time in a row, while the top five defeated the current champion and second-run victor Gabriele Tarquini.
The leader of the championship from Marrakesh leaves Bjork with 61 points in the asset. Gerrieri has 56 points, Tarquini has 49 points.
The next stage of the WTCR World Cup will be held from April 26 to April 28 on the Hungar Hungaroring circuit.
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