Legendary Bathurst Next up for Lynk & Co Cyan Racing in Penultimate TCR World Tour Round
The legendary Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, Australia, is next up for the Lynk & Co Cyan Racing squad in the penultimate KUMHO TCR World Tour round of 2023 this weekend – November 10-12.
The Mount Panorama Circuit offers 6,213 kilometres of savage corners such as “The Dipper”, blind crests, close to 200 metres in elevation changes, Kangaroos and long straights – considered to be one of the best and most challenging circuits in the world.
Double world champion Yann Ehrlacher heads in third place in the drivers’ championship, 21 points from the lead.
“I am grateful to be able to race on this amazing track. One of my first racing memories as a kid was watching races from Bathurst on the TV. I think the Lynk & Co 03 TCR should be powerful at the top of the mountain, while we will have a tough time in the first part of the circuit due to the BoP. We had a difficult Sydney weekend, but we are still in a good place in the championship, and we expect to keep pushing for the top this weekend,” said Yann Ehrlacher.
Ma Qing Hua scored a podium in the previous round at Sydney Motorsport Park and has made his way up to seventh position overall, now heading to one of his all-time favourites.
“After a first tour of the Bathurst circuit, it is mind-blowing and leaves no room for error. I like the challenge of learning a new circuit, especially one like this. I feel confident after the race weekend in Sydney, although we could have scored better. But the goal is to score good points at Bathurst so that we have a strong position ahead of the Macau finale,” said Ma Qing Hua.
Thed Björk trails his Chinese team-mate by a single point after a mixed Sydney Motorsport Park weekend and is keen to fight back, as is Santiago Urrutia, who holds ninth place overall.
“Sydney didn’t turn out as we hoped, and we must work hard to bounce back. But we know the pace is there, and I have a good feeling ahead of Bathurst. Just as everyone has said, the amazing Mount Panorama Circuit further adds motivation ahead of this weekend, where we need to come out with a solid points haul,” said Thed Björk.
“Bathurst is going to be a difficult track to learn, but I’ve done a lot of laps in the simulator, it looks amazing. We need to have a good weekend at Bathurst after the roller coaster weekend we had in Sydney. But it’s a bit of an unknown on how this circuit will suit our car, and we need to be on our toes,” said Santiago Urrutia.
TCR World Tour – Race of Australia
Mount Panorama Circuit
Times in AEDT (+10H CET)
Friday – 10/11
11:20 – Free Practice 1
16:00 – Free Practice 2
Saturday – 11/11
12:35 – Qualifying
16:15 – Race 1
12:50 – Race 2
16:10 – Race 3
Standings – Drivers – Top 5
1 – Norbert Michelisz 327 pts
2 – Rob Huff 326 (-1)
3 – Yann Ehrlacher 306 (-21)
4 – Mikel Azcona 289 (-38)
5 – Frédéric Vervisch 257 (-70)
7 – Ma Qing Hua 218 (-109)
8 – Thed Björk 217 (-110)
9 – Santiago Urrutia 194 (-133)
Standings – Teams – Top 5
1 – Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 727 pts
2 – BRC Hyundai 626 (-101)
3 – Audi Sport Comtoyou 610 (-117)
4 – ALM Motorsport Honda 182 (-545)
5 – Comtoyou Racing 148 (-579)
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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