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© FIA WTCR Lynk & Co pulls its vehicles from the WTCR back
Ripe discussion in the touring car World Cup (WTCR) completely escalated: Immediately before the race weekend on the Anneau du Rhin in France) the Chinese car manufacturer Lynk & Co and the Swedish team of commitment Cyan Racing announced their retreat from the series.
Under the current conditions and with the currently available tires, safe participation in the races is not possible, the team said. "We have a tire this year that does not create the compensation and balance of performance weight window for all cars on all routes. And our car is the hardest of everyone," explains team boss Fredrik Wahlen
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"This leads to ours At high speeds, drivers suffer tire damage and have an accident. It is simply not possible for cyan racing to continue the season in a safe way, "continued elections. This means that the two local heroes Yvan Muller and Yann Ehrlacher will be missing during the race in Alsace.
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The safety of the unit tires from Goodyear is a permanent topic in the WTCR this year. Already at the start of the season as part of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, there were numerous tire damage in the training, which in particular affected the Lynk & Co 03 TCR. Since Goodyear could not guarantee security, the two races on the Nordschleife were canceled at short notice.
Even on the previous race weekend in Vallelunga, the tires did not stand up to the load. The negative highlight was an accident by Muller at 220 km/h. Cyan Racing then withdrawn his five cars from the races - and that very demonstratively. After the introductory round, the vehicles drove into the box. A scene that reminded of the US Grand Prix of Formula 1 2005 in Indianapolis.
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Not only Lynk & Co was affected by the tire damage, they also appeared in the Audi, Honda and Cupra vehicles. Since the Lynk & Co 03 TCR is the heaviest car in the field due to the classification of the Balance of Performance and 80 kilograms more than the Hyundai Elantra n TCR weighs, the tire damage in the blue racing cars occurred.
clear criticism of the series organizers
Cyan Racing emphasizes in his message that the vehicles always have operated within the parameters specified by the tire supplier. In addition, the team lists a few points, which the series organizers Discovery Sport Events and tire supplier Goodyear put in a bad light, while the FIA automotive association is expressly thanked for the effort for a solution.
asked Cyan Racing for changes during the race weekend in Vallelunga, which had not been reacted to. Before the upcoming races in Alsace, the "WTCR players" like Cyan Racing proposed "unsatisfactory change", which would have led to the fact that the cars of Lynk & Co would have been even heavier than on the Nürburgring, where the race were canceled for security reasons.
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Cyan Racing also criticizes that after the Asia races can be canceled, the further racing calendar for the 2022 season has not yet been determined, which means that calculations and simulations regarding the tires are not possible. So far, no racing tires have been made available for private tests to work on the problem. And so the withdrawal from the WTCR was the last option for the Swedish team.
only eleven cars in Alsace at the start
"It is the most difficult decision we have ever made, because every single member of Cyan Racing is here to win and we have sacrificed a lot to get where we Today are ", said team chief elections. "But under the current circumstances we cannot drive a safe race, and security is a top priority for us. We would like to thank the FIA for its support under these difficult circumstances."
Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Motor Sports chief of the parent company Geely, adds: "It was a lengthy and incredibly frustrating situation for the team, the drivers, the commercial partners and fans, a situation that gradually pushed us out of the championship. We are very grateful for the FIA's efforts to find a solution. Unfortunately, the joint efforts of the WTCR players could not present a satisfactory solution that Cyan Racing would enable a safe participation in the WTCR. "
Due to the withdrawal of Lynk & Co and Cyan Racing, only a fuselage field of eleven cars will start at the races in Alsace. The decision by Lynk & Co has not yet been commented on on the part of the series promoters Discovery Sport Events.
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