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Björk steps back to rise up in the WTCC

Björk steps back to rise up in the WTCC

09/09/2017 12:00

Thed Björk hopes going back in time will help him to go forward in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

Björk, 12 points behind leader Tiago Monteiro in the WTCC title battle with eight races remaining, has been spending the summer break keeping ‘match’ fit by testing a 125cc gearbox kart – 20 years after stepping up from karting to single-seater racing.

“It’s been important to have kept busy [since Argentina] so I did not lose any momentum,” said the Polestar Cyan Racing-run Swede. “I did go-karting, GT driving and some testing. The go-karting is a fitness thing and also a reaction thing. I have a 125cc gearbox kart, which is really nice and fun to drive but it’s also fast. There is a track really close to where I live in Gothenburg and I go there to practice.”

The all-new Ningbo International Speedpark in China hosts the resumption of the WTCC title battle from 13-15 October. Björk claimed his maiden WTCC victory in China last September.

WTCC racer Rob Huff received a hero’s welcome on his return to the British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone last weekend where he was standing in for friend and WTCC rival Tom Chilton.

FIA World Touring Car Championship racer Néstor Girolami helped Prince Carl Philip to the Swedish GT Championship runner-up spot at the weekend – and said afterwards how his appearance at Mantorp Park had helped his preparations for the upcoming WTCC Race of China.

Norbert Nagy will join three rivals in a final-round face-off for the FIA European Touring Car Cup crown following a dramatic pair of races at Zolder in Belgium.

Norbert Nagy, driving for FIA World Touring Car Championship team Zengő Motorsport, has qualified in pole position for ETCC Race of Zolder.

Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team has issued the following statement on its driver and FIA World Touring Car Championship leader Tiago Monteiro.

Néstor Girolami will get his chance to race with royalty when he contests the Swedish GT finale at Mantorp Park this weekend in a Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo S60.